The ultimate comparison of IOT development boards

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

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 […]

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 […]

Hardware (design) will cut you

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 […]

Prototype: Bus Pirate BPv3

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 […]