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April 2014

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Vegitation Detector

Puzzler: Artificial Vegetation Detector

By Forrest M. Mims III

Imagine you're an intelligence specialist and have been asked to analyze aerial images. Are those clumps of vegetation real or are they camouflage nets concealing enemy fortifications or weapons?

How would you use your electronics knowledge to spot fake vegetation?

My Story: A Humbling Experience

Soldering Experience Greg Learns to Solder

Jameco's Sales and Marketing Vice President Greg Harris proclaims to have zero electronics aptitude, so when his team challenged him to learn how to solder, he had little confidence. When he asked for help from Jameco readers, Greg obsessed on those that cautioned he would burn something and most likely himself. Greg bravely faced his fears and got a soldering lesson while the cameras were rolling. Sadly, however, it didn't work out the way anyone planned.

Watch our soldering rookie struggle.

DIY: Build an Infrared Beacon for Robotics

If your next project involves robotics, consider building an infrared (IR) beacon. Just imagine what you can do by building a guide to direct your robot or building a pair of beacons to have robots detect each other. Not sure where to start? We have a step-by-step guide with tests to help you.

Build the Club Jameco IR Beacon Kit.
Innovative Technology

Feature: Innovative Technology

MRISAR Institute of Science, Art & Robotics

When designing a new product, many companies take into account what materials to use and if it can run on alternative energy. However, in the tech world, it’s rare to find a business that takes into consideration whether their product can be adapted for people with disabilities or have an educational component.

The thriving business that combines science and humanitarianism.
Electronics Fundamentals

Electronics Fundamentals for Everyone

Generate Excitement About Learning

Learning about electronics requires more than just reading a book. There’s nothing better than hands-on projects to bring key electronics concepts to life. Jameco is in the early stages of building a library of electronics lessons with a recommended hands-on project for each one.

Explore Jameco's free electronics educational resources.
Electricity Challenge

Saving Electricity While Burning the Midnight Oil

In March, we asked readers for a solution to a common problem: teenagers falling asleep with the lights on while using their laptops in bed. We hoped someone could create a device or application to remedy this problem. The responses we received were completely unexpected.

Your solutions to this recurring problem.

HOT Club Jameco Kits

Pocket Power Supply Pocket Power Supply Kit
Build this pocket-sized power supply and use it at garage sales and thrift stores to test electronics before you buy them. It has a selectable output voltage that can be set in 1.5V intervals to mimic one to four 1.5V batteries.

Build the pocket power supply kit

EL Wire Sequencer Kit
The EL Wire Sequencer has easy user manipulation of the ports and brightness with its menu-driven command editor. It provides 29 control commands and 20 function commands.

Build an EL Wire Sequencer

Hot Project in the Making

Mini-Maglite 2AA Conversion to White LED | By Waltx
Transform a 2AA Mini-Maglite from an incandescent bulb to a high efficiency white LED bulb with this flashlight conversion project.