WORKSHOP VIDEO #58: Visit to Switch-Science open hardware offices in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

Yoshi, who you may remember from the New York Trip video, takes us on a tour of the Switch-Science.com open hardware design, manufacturing, and shipping office. The office is on the edge of Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronic component market. Check out our video report of Akihabara we made last year. Switch Science is open source hardware […]

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 […]

HOW-TO VIDEO #09: Visit Akihabara Electric Town

Akihabara is a giant neighborhood of electronics stores in Tokyo, Japan. This weekend we explored the markets with Tokyo Hacker Space on the first leg of our Global Geek Tour. The SEG Electronics Market in Shenzhen is definitely bigger, but Akihabara is a lot easier to get to. We can visit Japan with just a […]

Sjaak’s shop-a-holic trip to Akihabara Electric Town

Sjaak stayed a little bit longer in Tokyo and had more time to score some nice parts. As we already said the big plus of shopping in Akihabara is you can actually touch the stuff, but it also has a major downside – you buy too much stuff… Please continue reading about our shop-a-holic trip to […]

Akihabara Electric Town tour roundup

Akihabara Electric Town tour roundup: Tokyo Akihabara Electric Town tour Our score from the Akihabara Electric Town tour Tool and equipment shops at Akihabara Electric Town tour Part shops in the maze on the Akihabara Electric Town tour Parts shops on the street on Akihabara Electric Town tour LED shops on Akihabara Electric Town tour […]

Our score from the Akihabara Electric Town tour

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 […]

LED shops on Akihabara Electric Town tour

We were amazed by the number of dedicated LED shops at Akihabara Electric town. On our short tour we encountered 6 or more shops dedicated to selling only LEDs – who’s supporting them all? This sign is made from plastic coated strips of RGB LEDs. Each is individually addressable. We almost went blind trying to […]

Part shops in the maze on the Akihibara Electric Town tour

Our first stop on the Akihibara tour was a maze of stores with electronic components, mainly through hold stuff. These specific shops are slated to be torn down soon, and the stands will move to a new building deeper in Akihibara. We were lucky to see this popular labyrinth of stands before it’s gone. More […]

Tokyo Akihabara Electric Town tour

Today we continue our tour of Tokyo hacker spaces and places with a trip to Akihabara Electric Town. Akihabara is a winding maze with electronic components, test tools, (retro) video games, comic books, and more. The pictures will go up today, but the monkeys are still in the editing room working on the video. The […]

Coming tomorrow: Tokyo Akihibara Electric Town tour

Tomorrow we’ll continue our tour of Tokyo hacker spaces and places with a trip to Akihibara Electric Town. Akihabara is a winding maze with electronic components, test tools, (retro) video games, comic books, and more. We shot some video of the tour. So much that the batteries died on the high-def camera and we finished […]