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February 2014

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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My Story Mark 8

My Story: Mark-8 and Me

Then grad student Jon Titus wasn't trying to create the next big thing or make history, he just wanted to see if he could build his own minicomputer. Decades later, people continue to credit him and his Mark-8 with changing their lives.

From inspiration to execution, here’s how the Mark-8 happened.
Vendor Feature

Newhaven Display

If you asked Newhaven Display employees how customers use their high-quality display products, they never would have come up with the outside-the-box ideas their customers have. Leave it to creative customers!

Check out how their displays impacted rally racing.
Video Review

Build Your Own Robotic Hand

It may not be a contender for Real Steel robot boxing, but it doesn't take too much imagination to see the beginning of huge possibilities in animatronics. Follow Ben Lopez and Ryan Winters as they tackle and review the Robotic Hand – one of Club Jameco's latest do-it-yourself kits.

You'll want to give yourself a ‘hand’ after completing this project.
Product Update

Build Your Own 3D Printer from Scratch

Part 2: Velleman K8200 Calibration

Last month, Ben Lopez shared the challenges of building the Velleman K8200 3D Printer. The mechanical build was a doozy, but now comes the final test – actually getting it to work. Read the conclusion to this two-part build and see if Ben failed or succeeded.

Getting the DIY 3D printer to work.
Customer memories

We Asked and You Answered

Back in December, we asked you to share your Radio Shack memories with us. Hundreds of emails poured in and reminisced about everything from the Radio Shack Battery Club to careers that were started inside the store. Take a stroll down memory lane with us one more time.

Some of our favorite Radio Shack stories from you.
Challenge

The Future of 3D Printing

We kicked off 2014 by asking you if there is a future for home 3D printers. While some industry experts have suggested that there is no practical use for future home users, our readers disagree. The Jameco community had a lot to say about how to advance this technology and what you'll use it for at home.

Will you own a 3D printer in the future?

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]

HOT Club Jameco Kits

Waveform Instructables: Arduino Waveform Generator Shield
You can use this waveform generator to test the frequency response of electronic components like op amps and sensors, or to characterize and troubleshoot audio effects boxes and pedals. It's powered by Arduino and outputs four waveforms that range in frequency from 1Hz to 50 kHz.

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IR Remote Universal IR Remote Receiver

Build a small PC board that is capable of controlling two channels in one of several ways. It can "learn" two control codes from a variety of infrared (IR) remote control devices that are commonly included with TVs, DVD players, cable boxes, and more.

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