Gift Cards Are Now Available - From $30

clock November 16, 2016 14:23 by author kimm |

Gift Card 30

If you can't decide and want to leave the fun of choosing to your recipient, why not buy them a Robot Gear Gift Card?

These can be used as currency towards anything on our website and are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

After you purchase a gift card, you will be sent an email with a certificate that you can email or snail mail to the recipient.

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We now have everything from Pololu

clock June 14, 2016 13:25 by author kimm |

Pololu Robotics and Electronics

Pololu was our very first supplier back when we started in 2009 with a bunch of Sharp distance sensors. I’m now very happy to announce that we have expanded our catalogue to include everything possible from Pololu.

We still stock all the same items as before and now you can order anything else required for you next great project from Pololu’s wide range of robotics parts.

Kim



We now have everything from SparkFun

clock April 12, 2016 08:00 by author kimm |

I am super excited to announce that we are now listing everything possible from the SparkFun Electronics catalogue. That’s about 2200 more things!

Robot Gear have been a distributor for SparkFun since 2010 and since then their range of parts has grown to include all kinds of useful things. We wanted to bring this range to our customers so they can build awesome projects.

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Some things are not available such as US main voltage (110V) equipment and LiPo batteries due to aviation regulations. We try to keep all common items in stock for fast shipping but we order a new stock a few times a week so backorders are still quick.

Enjoy!

Kim



March is for Makers

clock March 8, 2016 10:02 by author kimm |

Learn how to make things now!

If you are interested in learning about electronics and programming microcontrollers then get started with March is for Makers. It’s a series of podcasts and videos each weekday for the month of March covering all kinds of topics like 3D printing, Arduinos, robotics and more with lots of links and examples.

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The series is made by Saron Yitbarek (CodeNewbie) and Scott Hanselman (Hanselminutes) so the quality will be great and sure to get you starting making your own inventions.

Enjoy



The project board

clock January 28, 2016 11:29 by author kimm |

Prototyping electronics projects tends to create a tangle of parts and wires all loosely slung about. I like to have a few things on the go at once which means lots of moving things around in order to change what I’m playing with.

This used to be annoying until I noticed a clever trick by Ward Cunningham who is best known for inventing the Wiki and simplifying software development. In this video Ward talks to Scott Hanselman about the neat things going on in his basement. About 20 seconds in Ward shows the board he uses for sensors.

I love the simplicity of this idea. A small board is used to hold all the bits in place and can be easy moved around or stored for later.

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Here are some I have now...

Project board using MDF (Small)

Project board using MDF in a box (Small)

The board can be made from anything flat and hard. I typically use 3-5mm white MDF melamine  or plain MDF as it is cheap, easy to cut, drill and stick. Cardboard is a bit floppy. Sticking the microcontroller to the board helps stop USB cables dragging it off my desk and a little bit of weight in the board can keep motors and servos in place while I try out code.

Parts and wires can be held to the board with hot glue, screws, bluetac or sticky tape. Everything is easy to move around and change but permanent enough that it stays with the board. I also make notes on the board in pencil.

When I’m all done for the day the board can live in a shoebox or on a shelf rather than spread out on a desk or the floor. Everything is ready to go for next time, unless I borrow parts for another project.