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 you’re in Hong Kong on […]
The ultimate comparison of IOT development boards: With this post we wanted to compare the latest arrived boards in the world of hobbyists electronics with devices that were already on the market. We highlighted the pros and cons of the most prominent alternatives with the aim of helping our readers to choose the one better […]
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 […]
Many shops in Akihabara don’t fit into any specific category, but were too strange or wonderful to leave out. This shop, for example, has nothing but DIY guitar building supplies. More photos below the fold.
After we hit the electronic part stands in the maze, we headed for the street. These were like shops and markets anywhere, except you find giant solar panels and Nixie tubes sitting along the sidewalk. More photos below the fold.
In an ode to Sjaak’s experience hacking retro games, Tayken took us on a wild tour of Super Potato. This store is 4+ floors of retro consoles, games, and more. Just about every system and game imaginable is behind these doors. More photos below the fold.
Akihibara has a great selection of tools and equipment too. Our favorite PCB drill press was widely available. More photos below the fold.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
There’s a new preview for the State of Electronics a documentary about open hardware. The first trailer is here The producer hopes a network will be interested if there are a lot of youtube views, your extra hit could make it possible. Interesting fact: filmed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera. Video […]
The Adafruit reverse engineering gift guide is up. It includes the Bus Pirate, our handy tool for lots of prototyping and reversing needs. Today only you can get a Bus Pirate at Adafruit Industries for 10% off, just use the code PIRATE at checkout.
Amanda gave a Toorcon talk about the about the perils of the electronics design process. The hardware design process is fraught with pitfalls, from library component sketchiness, parts availability, erroneous data sheets, underestimates of complexity and long lead times. Designing good hardware on time, on budget and to specifications is like being in a knife […]
UPDATE: v3b is the latest Bus Pirate revision, read about the changes here. BPv3 is the latest hacking multi-tool from the Bus Pirate project. It connects to a USB port and interacts with electronics through a simple terminal interface. Use it to see how much of your private information is stored on smartcard SIM chips. Explore […]