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October 2014

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Music

My Story: A New Electronic Device for the Classics

Experimental classical musician and Jameco customer Robert L. Motl needed a specialized metronome that would replace a traditional conductor referencing single time. Instead he envisioned a timing device that presented different downbeat rates separately to each musician. How would you approach upgrading this classic musical tool?

Watch classical music and technology collide.

Jameco welcomes the contributions of its customers. Frankly, we think what you write is more interesting than anything we could write. Send your electronic component story, project or challenge to [email protected]
Multimeter

Buyer's Guide: Which Multimeter Do You Need?

Today's multimeters are capable of a wide range of impressive functions. For the latest on the different bells and whistles, and which meter is the best one for the job at hand, check out our multimeter buyer's guide.

A guide to buying the right multimeter.
Infinity Mirror

Build Your Own RGB Infinity Mirror

Jameco Intern and future engineer Hannah Moore jumped out of her comfort zone to build this cool and mesmerizing electronics project. Although she's a newbie to electronics, Hannah embraced the Arduino-controlled RGB Infinity Mirror project and ultimately succeeded in catching everyone's eye! Check out this step-by-step project and see the video of the finished product.

Warning: This project may be addictive!
Automation

Are We Going to Replace Employees with Robots?

Automation in business is celebrated as a great way to decrease expenses and increase efficiencies. Now more than ever, we are looking ahead to a future when artificial intelligence and robots will streamline processes and replace fallible humans. But that's not something we're interested in.

Why Jameco chooses to stay in the "dark ages" of automation.
Jameco Momories

Jameco Memories First Purchases

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we asked customers to write in and tell us about their first Jameco purchase. We had so much fun reading about all the projects through the decades, we were dying to share a few of the stories.

Building an LED clock circa 1975 and more.
Customer Day

Customer Appreciation Day

Jameco hosted its first ever Customer Appreciation Day in September as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. Nearly 150 enthusiastic customers stopped by our location in Belmont, California and spent a fun-filled afternoon with us. If you weren't able to make it, don't worry – we have a recap for you.

Highlights from our Customer Appreciation Day.
Portable 5V

Hot Club Jameco Kits and Projects

Mini Portable 5V with USB Port
If you like building practical projects, this is the kit for you! Assemble an input/output style device using a female USB, 5V voltage regulator and male power jack, then use the same instructions and try it with a 9V battery and a 9VDC charger.

Build this kit now!

Automatic Turn Off Water Pump on Desired Level + Water Level Indicator/Sensor
This kit teaches you how to create a latch circuit that can turn a sensor, indicator and water pump on and off. The project is designed around a single CMOS Logic Inverting 4049 chip and is connected with a relay module using jumper wires. Use your electronic skills to conserve water with this clever kit.

Build this kit now!