Tokyo Maker Faire 2013: Gadgets and electronics

in #liveupdates by Ian | 2 comments

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Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone, whatever – we love the gadgets and electronics designs on display at Maker Faire.

@Nasupl_r’s Twitter Mention/Favorite Notify Helmet flashes to life when she’s mentioned on Twitter. An mBed board monitors her Twitter feed, while a Bluetooth connection makes it completely wireless.

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The gang at Tokyo HackerSpace is on hand to answer electronics questions in Japanese and English. Dangerous Prototypes regular Tayken (center) invited us to our first Tokyo Maker Faire. Tokyo Hackerspace is located in central Tokyo (Shabuya) and has meetings on Tuesday nights.

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A low resolution matrix display using small wooden blocks pushed up by solenoids.

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There’s lots of glowing nixie tubes at every Maker Faire, but this is the first attempt we’ve seem to home brew a nixie tube. This setup from Yuna Laboratory evacuates the gas from a tube and fills it with a mix of gasses that glow the classic orange red of nixies.

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Yusuke Ohara benchmarks tablets for his website, this setup measures temperature and current consumption. An AC version is on the way, but was thwarted this time by two backwards diodes.

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A large matrix display made of single dot nixie tubes.

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Schematic of the nixie/pixie matrix. A PSoC programmable chip drives the tubes.

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Hao from Seeed Studio shows off the Groove family of quick prototyping boards.

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Comments

  1. Doub says:

    I believe it’s “Grove”, not “Groove” (in the last picture comment).

  2. tayken says:

    Ooops, I guess I forgot to mention Ian that we moved from the Shibuya office space to Nogizaka. New place, a bit smaller but it is a garage so we can do welding and machining. :)

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