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December 2013

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Arduino Guitar Tuner

The Arduino Guitar Tuner I Didn't Build

Ari wasn't the first person who tried and failed to build an Arduino guitar tuner, but that doesn't make the failure hurt any less. With no lack of determination for creating the next amazing invention, he headed full steam ahead straight into a brick wall. Can you help?

Calling all clever people to help unblock his path!
Breadbox

Arduino Experimenter Kit

Build an easy-to-use kit for experimenting with servos and analog inputs that is "travel friendly." No more messy electronic breadboards or wires coming loose when you take your kit to a meet-up. Everything stays neat and tidy in the Bread Box! Make an awesome package for working with your Arduino AlaMode, Duemilanove, Uno or Raspberry Pi.

See the project that keeps giving all year long.
Product Feature

The Perfect Instrument

What device enables users to perform hundreds of experiments from basic digital logic to waveform generation all on one device? There are lots of cool electronics tools, but as an engineering student there was one that made Jameco Product Marketing Engineer Rob Cong gasp. With flashbacks to his first lab experience, he wonders why he felt so intimidated by a room of such amazing machines.

The electronics instrument that made Rob gasp.
Radio Shack

Radio Shack's Losses More Than Double

By Greg Harris

I get emails all the time from customers waxing fondly about the days of old when Radio Shack was more than just a store, but a place where people that loved electronics would hang out. Those days are long gone and when I recently saw the headline “Radio Shack’s Losses More Than Double” part of me was sad that this chapter in electronics component history appears to be quickly closing.

The trend that Radio Shack missed completely.
EEME

Teaching Electronics

In a fit of curiosity, a young Jack Pien took apart his dad's calculator, but when he was unable to restore it to its old self, he thought he was going to get in big trouble. Instead, his parents rewarded his curiosity. Today, as founder of EEME, Jack is trying to fuel the curiosity and engineering skills of youths everywhere.

Teaching electronics made Jack a better engineer.
Club Jameco

Club Jameco Kits and Briefs

At Club Jameco you can build something cool, learn new skills, get inspired but most of all...

HAVE SOME FUN!

PID Temperature Controller
Build a Proportional, Integral Derivative Temperature Controller designed around the ATmega328P microcontroller utilizing the Arduino Duemilanove bootloader.

Wireless Robot Control System
The Wireless Robot Control System is designed to allow students to build their own robots. The lab manual and program are already being used by 4th graders and up supporting “STEM” school programs.

Check out more Club Jameco Projects.
Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Share your electronic component story, project or challenge, and we'll share it with the world. Send your story to [email protected]

Jameco Challenge The Definition of the Word "Computer"

Last month, customer Gary Striker challenged fellow readers to share what they thought their definition of a "computer" was. Your definition needed to contain the word "is," be based on theoretical and scientific knowledge, and be historically accurate.

Did you have the same answer as Gary?