NEXT WEEK: New York City East Village food crawl 2012

Last year we failed to discover a New York City equivalent of the Mission District taco crawl. In 2012 we’re trying several different stand-and-eat joints in the East Village. The crawl will kick off on Wednesday evening, September 27th, somewhere in the East Village. The exact time and meeting place is yet to be decided. […]

NEXT WEEK: New York Global Geek Tour 2012

Next week we are heading for the World Maker Faire 2012 held in New York. We’ll also be attending the Open Hardware Summit 2012 during the same week to give a presentation on USB and open hardware. As always we try to plan some trip to local electronics shop, and eat some great stuff along […]

Hackerspace Singapore visit

Hackerspace Singapore posted some pictures from our visit, taken during our Global Geek Tour. Be sure to check out our full video report from Singapore on electronics shops, the hackerspace, local food, and more. Thanks to everyone at Hackerspace Singapore for hosting us. Every hackerspace is unique, and it is always exciting to get to know […]

GLOBAL GEEK #34: Singapore markets and hackerspace

Visit the major electronics shops in Singapore, and get a guided tour of the Singapore hackerspace. This weekend we were in Singapore for the Maker Faire, so we took a day to do a geek tour. This kicks off the second season of our Global Geek Tours. We’re super excited about this episode. Kelvin arranged […]

Global Geek Tour Singapore: Koba Electronics shop

Today we made one last trip back to Koba Electronics in Singapore’s China town to pick up some gifts and goodies. Here’s the latest pictures from our Twitter feed. They couldn’t fit anything else in this shop if they tried. Very extensive selection of parts, especially connectors. If all goes well, we’ll have our Geek […]

Global Geek Tour Singapore: Updates from Singapore

Today was our first day the Singapore Global Geek Tour. We visited some electronics shops, and had some chow. We’ll make a full report when we get back, but in the meantime we posted some pics from today on our Tweeter feed. First stop was the Koba electronics shop pictured above. Rest of the pics […]

Adam’s Geek Tour of Akihabara Electric Town

Adam went to the Akihabara electronics market in Tokyo using the Global Geek Tour map and video. Visit his blog for a list of his buys. We asked him for his top tips for other hackers visiting Akihabara: DP: What should people take to Akihabara? Adam: Money! As you mentioned in the comments, stuff there […]

Global Geek Tour: Shenzhen Hua Qiang Bei market tour roundup

Dangerous Prototypes tours the biggest electronics market of all, the Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China. This is the third and biggest market on our Global Geek Tour. Be sure to check out Akihabara in Tokyo and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul too. VIDEO: Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China Global Geek Shenzhen: SEG Market […]

Global Geek Tour: Apliu Street electronics market roundup

This week the Global Geek Tour took us to Shenzhen, China. On the way to Shenzhen we had a day in Hong Kong so we scoped out the Apliu Street electronics market. Check out our video and all the picture posts below. VIDEO: Apliu Street electronics market tour GLOBAL GEEK TOUR: Apliu Street electronics market […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: Other stuff in Hua Qiang Bei

Here’s some other cool stuff we found in other buildings in Hua Qiang Bei. The surface mount part reels we’ve been questing on every tour were present in spades. This is one of dozens of shops with inexpensive reels of resistors, capacitors, inductors, etc. More pictures below the fold.

Global Geek Shenzhen: Shenzhen Sunlight Electronic Co

Seeed Studio took us to Shenzhen Sunlight Electronic Co., a special supplier they use to avoid counterfeit and unreliable chips. Sunlight Electronic Co pools orders from smaller manufacturers and buys directly from the chip factory to ensure quality. Price breaks start at 100 pieces, but the best breaks are at the reel size, generally 2500. […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: Custom USB flash drives

Shenzhen is well known for locally produced and customized technology. From custom cell phones to personalized push buttons, you can find it in Hua Qiang Bei. Sjaak found a building that consists entirely of USB flash disk sellers. There’s a huge selection of colorful silicone housing. Just pick one and the dealer pops a 4 […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: On the streets of Hua Qiang Bei

There’s activity all around the Hua Qiang Bei market buildings. People and cars tussle for space in the street. Moving carts loaded with electronic components on the way to small manufacturers are everywhere, often in the middle of traffic. Continue below for more sights from around from Hua Qiang Bei.

Global Geek Shenzhen: How not to get lost in the candy store

The SEG Market in Shenzhen, and the other markets too, are a maze packed with lots of small shops and goodies. It’s hard to find that shop with a special bargain again after you wander away. Below the fold are some tips for finding your way around the markets.