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Soldering is Easy!

Posted by Matthew Little on

As all our kits need to be soldered together, we have been asked a number of times about soldering education and information. We usually point people to the excellent 'Soldering is Easy' comic produced by Mitch Altman, Andie Nordgren and Jeff Keyzer. This is a really great comic-book style introduction to basic soldering techniques. This guide is visual, easy to understand and open-source so can be spread and shared with everyone. There is a short guide available here: [powr-file-embed id=830011c5_1486907263] And a more in depth guide here: [powr-file-embed id=eaf2d70f_1486907524] We hope to include this guide with all of our kits...

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EMF Detector Workshop @ Nottingham Hackspace

Posted by Matthew Little on

I recently ran a workshop building the EMF Detector kit at my local hackspace in Nottingham. This kit responds to electric and magnetic fields to produce weird sound-scapes of a hidden world of electro-magnetic noise.   We tested it on phones, power supplies and electrical fittings. Always good to run through kits and instructions as people build them - a few improvements highlighted, as always!

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Curious Electric at Cambridge MakeSpace

Posted by Matthew Little on

Recently, I headed down to Cambridge MakeSpace for a meet up of the the Cambridge Synthetic Biology group. The meet up was entitled "Science Makers: Open hardware for STEM education". They had previously ordered the bat listener kit and invited me along to chat about the kits I'm working on and also to hear and see what members of their group are working on It was great to visit the group and also have a look around Cambridge MakeSpace - always good to see other spaces. Interesting cargo bike project. After three talks (mine, a talk on plant electrophysiology in...

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Blinky Grid Workshop

Posted by Matthew Little on

The Curious Electric Company roots are intertwined with Nottingham Hackspace. Most of the kits developed have initially been run as workshops at the hackspace, including our most popular kit: The Bat Listener. Recently I ran a workshop at Nottingham Hackspace on surface mount soldering. I used an amazing kit from Wayne and Layne: The Blinky Grid. This is a small LED display that scrolls a programmable message or graphic. It's a great starter to surface mount devices (SMD).   Thanks to everyone who came along! We hope to run more workshops and develop more interesing kits of our own for...

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