Akihabara had every imaginable electronic part, so we had to be careful about what we packed. These are the most interesting parts we brought home.
Front and center are 6 tiny VFD tubes, maybe decommissioned from a clock kit judging by the datasheet that came with them. Everybody had to have a bag of these for about $12 (800Yen), even Tayken went back the next day to buy a bag.
To the right are three tiny cell phone vibration motors. We think these were used in the flying machines at Maker Meeting. They’re tiny and easily packable. We couldn’t resist taking a few home at $7 (500Yen) for 3.
We picked up a bag of spacer bars. These are one of those things that’s so hard to buy from a catalog. These are for the very rare secret project we’re not talking about yet.
Finally, we found 0.3mm solder! Great for soldering individual pins on SSOP and other surface mount parts, and breaking our addition to drag soldering with 0.7mm solder. It was pretty pricy, $25 (1800Yen) for 100g of 60/40. This is another find that’s not available in the local electronics shop, and we would never bother to get it from a catalog.
A huge thanks to Tayken and Tokyo hackerspace for accommodating us and providing a tour. This isn’t it for our Tokyo hacking tour. Next week we still have the Akihabara video, and Ian’s presentation at Make Tokyo Meeting 07.
What would you buy in Akihabara?