Archive for the ‘Global Geek’ Category

Harmony t-shirt #1: Make a packing tape handle

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

In Chinese markets it’s super common to carry boxes with an improvised packing tape handle. It’s a simple idea: make four or five tape loops over the top of the box and then crush them together into a handle. Bunnie's new Huaqiangbei adventure kit even includes ‘please make a tape...

Posted in Global Geek, Shenzhen | 5 Comments »

Global Geek Tour mini site with maps, comments, resources

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Geek tourism is a thing. Travel somewhere new, eat the food, drink the beer, and check out the local hacker scene. In Shenzhen we see 5 or 6 visitors a week. Whether a side trip to Akihabara, or a full on expedition through Huaqiangbei, don't leave home without bookmarking the...

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Silicone compression molding factory

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

In this video Dangerous Prototypes and Pax Instruments visit a silicone molding factory in Shenzhen, China: We recently visited a silicone compression molding factory with our friends at Dangerous Prototypes. This is the same technology used for making our silicone keypads for the T400 temperature datalogger. I put together a...

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Posted in Global Geek, Shenzhen | 9 Comments »

Hacker Camp Shenzhen volume 3: Reflow open for registration

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Hacker Camp Shenzhen volume 3: "Reflow" is on! Join us from Thursday December 4 to Saturday December 6, 2014 for fun, food and 3 solid days of market tours in Shenzhen China and beyond. Tickets are available now. Come to the world's electronics capital and experience Shenzhen like a local...

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The dreamers of Shenzhen’s Maker’s revolution

Monday, August 18th, 2014

[embed][/embed] Another great Shenzhen-Geek tour video from Metalworks:  Maker Faire Shenzhen Trip.   Daylon Soh writes: When the Metalworks team was there in April, we were part of a group of aspiring hardware entrepreneurs and enthusiasts from North America and Europe. Most were looking to bring their hardware product ideas to fruition and were...

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Posted in Global Geek, Hacker Camp Shenzhen | 4 Comments »

Random Hong Kong electronics posting

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Wanted a LTE SIM card for Hong Kong so ran up to Aplui street. There's a few electronics stores here but it's pretty tame. Once a someone said their factory contacts always brought them from China to Hong Kong to buy components, once they experienced Huaqiangbei they felt duped. If...

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Hacker Camp Shenzhen vol 2: Reflux open for registration

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Hacker Camp Shenzhen volume 2: "Reflux" is on! Join us from Thursday September 25 to Saturday September 27, 2014 for fun, food and solder fumes in Shenzhen, China. Tickets are available now. Come to the world's electronics capital and experience Shenzhen like a local hacker. Tour the famous Huaqiangbei electronics...

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Random spottings in Huaqiangbei electronics market

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

In search of a powerful frickin' laser we visited this stand. They were really up front that the 6Watt label was incorrect, but the 2.5Watt output of this little handheld laser was still impressive. For a little demo she showed us that it could melt a piece of solder in...

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Posted in Global Geek, Shenzhen | 10 Comments »

Maker Villa Penang, Malaysia

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

A Hacker Camp Shenzhen participant caught the bug and organized a local event in Penang. MAKER VILLA PENANG is a 3-day maker camp bringing local and international makers (DIY artists, crafters, designers, scientists & engineers) for a time of learning, building and sharing of ideas. It will be held from...

Posted in Global Geek | 6 Comments »

Touring in Shenzhen video series from Limpkin

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

[embed][/embed] Touring factories in Shenzhen: Visiting an assembly line, Seeedstudio and a CNC shop Shenzhen is the geek's paradise and can be described as an awesome concentration of very different companies, all within an hour cab ride from your hotel. If you ever go there, I highly recommend you to...

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Posted in Global Geek, Videos | 6 Comments »

Geek Tour: Visit Shenzhen

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Shenzhen is the hot geek destination right now. Since the hacker camp last spring, it seems like there are at least 3 hackers roaming the neighborhood at any given moment. Add the constant HAXLR8R classes and you've got a great vibe. We put together a wiki page to help plan...

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Posted in Global Geek, Shenzhen | 11 Comments »

ThrAxis DIY CNC mill

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Eric has posted details on his build of a CNC mill from scratch. The ThrAxis (Three-Axis) is a vertical milling machine made mostly from materials from hardware stores. The spindle is a Harbor Freight rotary tool and the motors and controllers are surplus and eBay finds. We made it during...

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Posted in DIY, Global Geek, project logs, Sick of Beige | 3 Comments »

Downloadable ShenZhen map for makers

Friday, October 18th, 2013

We are a great fan of Shenzhen and love the wandering round the vast partmarkets of Huaqiangbei, Shenzhen. Ian even decided to leave the cold and windy Netherlands and settle in the Shenzhen area. Two years ago we start our first steps in Huaqiangbei during our first geek tour of Shenzhen, but now...

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Posted in Global Geek, tutorials | 4 Comments »

Making wine in Shenzhen: four months into a three week tour

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Where we've been Dangerous Prototypes has been around four years this summer. This internet gig started at the DIY Life and Hack a Day blogs when I was a poor student roughing it in Amsterdam. A couple hundred bucks for a feature piece bought a lot of ramen stampot, and...

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Posted in #liveupdates, Global Geek, Workshop Update | 41 Comments »

3D printer stall at SEG market

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

3D printer spotted at SEG market building in Hua Quiang Bei, Shenzhen.  Small, simple, and elegant design. Bent metal is cheap and plentiful, and they've capitalized on that to make one of the most bare bones 3D printers we've ever seen. Photo credit:  Aaron/Oomout.

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Posted in 3D Model, Global Geek | 4 Comments »

Another Best FACEFRAME! picture

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

FACEFRAME! poses at Via Twitter.

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Stuff to do in Shenzhen: Open a bank account

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

So you've got the hang of shopping for stuff on the Chinese auction site Taobao, but you're sick of dealing with brokers? Open a bank account in China to pay the seller and shipper directly. Bank accounts are easy to open. Take a passport and an initial 100rmb deposit to...

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Things in Shenzhen: Tailors in Louhu

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Besides hunting electronics, we always have clothes tailored in Shenzhen. The Louhu Commercial City is a mall right outside the boarder crossing. Its mostly knock off crap, but at the top there's a huge fabric market and dozens of tailors. They do suits, but also anything you can imagine, and...

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Shopping with students from Penang

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Met up with a group of grad students from Penang Malaysia and took them to my favorite shops to buy tools. Here they are wheeling a cart full over to Susi at shippers row. Also met up with TJ from Indonesia. Thanks guys! It was a ton of fun and...

Posted in #liveupdates, Global Geek | 20 Comments »

Out of Shenzhen: Sea of people at Louhu/Lo Wu

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Guide books warn that the boarder crossing from Hong Kong to Shenzhen at Louhu can be extremely busy. We've always sailed through in a couple minutes. Today, after leaving China immigration, we encountered this sea of people in the no mans land bridge to Hong Kong. Still only took about...

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Posted in #liveupdates, Global Geek | 20 Comments »

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