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February 2015

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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My Story: From EE to PI

When electronics engineer Tom Smith retired and started crossing things off his bucket list, he never dreamed he’d become a private investigator. Find out how Tom used his electronics skills on his cases.

Tom's PI toolkit now includes a modified surveillance car and covert cameras.

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 to [email protected].

DIY: Touchless Gesture Switch for LIFX Bulbs

Using a smart phone you can easily control LIFX bulbs to set mood lighting and change color. But, what if you don’t want to always use your smart phone? Emran Mahbub of Hover Labs solved this problem by creating a gesture switch that anyone can make and use.

Control lighting with a wave of your hand.

InventablesQ & A: 10 Questions with Inventables

The digital manufacturing revolution will not be televised. But, it is taking place on millions of computer desktops across the country. Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan saw a growing need for manufacturing supplies in small quantities and developed a business to give inventors and Makers the equipment and items they needed to make prototypes come to life.

Inventables ignites the digital manufacturing revolution.

Greg CornerGreg's Corner: A Tool That's Also My Best Friend

What's the most important tool in your life? Jameco Vice President Greg Harris' favorite tool has not left his side since he first found it lying on the sidewalk in 1981. While it has served him well for decades, this tech tool's death caused huge angst.

Find out why Greg seems to be taking this gadget's demise so hard as he documents this uncommon love affair.

Swiping the User Interface

Today, the touchscreen is one of the simplest and most instinctive ways to interface with a computer. With a simple touch of a finger or a wave of a hand, users are able to simply control and react to what is being displayed.

Lascar makes it easy for you to create and customize your own touchscreen panel meters.

Hot Club Jameco Kits and Projects

RFID Deadbolt Hack
Just waive the keyfob close to your door and like magic, the deadbolt locks or unlocks. The tags themselves are passive and are only active when in proximity of the electromagnetic field from the RFID reader.

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LED Volume Tower
Mini LED Volume Towers

Build mini stereo LED towers that light up LEDs proportionally to the volume of an analog audio signal. This is a cool way to add music-responsive LEDs to almost any sound system.

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