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January 2011

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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Greg Corner

Welcome to 2011...

There's nothing like a new year with new plans, new budgets, and new opportunities ahead for all of us.

In the spirit of the new year, I wanted to share one of Jameco's annual traditions. Every year we try to celebrate the hard work of the past year with a year-end party. In addition to good food and good company, we always like to play a game. This year's game tested how well we knew our fellow employees. We had a blast, and I thought it might be fun to see how well our Jameco community knows our Jameco community.

Confused? Well you'll have to trust me that this will be fun. Using the link below, I would love for you to answer a few questions about how you use electronic components and next month we'll publish the results. I also look forward to crowning at least one lucky reader as Jameco's Smartest Customer.

Take part in the smartest customer challenge here.


Greg Harris
Vice President, Marketing
[email protected]

What language does the term "robot" come from?

While not all of science fiction has proven to be possible (at least not yet), certainly many concepts have evolved from fiction to fact. Take the communicators from the 60s Star Trek series and fast forward to modern times and you get a cell phone.

The first use of the term "robot" came from a 1920 play about a factory that makes artificial people. The term's root in the play's native language means "work" or labor."

Learn more about the origins of the word ROBOT.

Puzzler: The Big Toy Challenge

By Forrest M. Mims III

Puzzler Master electrical engineer, Forrest M. Mims III, has a new challenge. His fictional engineer, John Archer, has spent a decade designing and writing code for microprocessor-controlled games manufactured by a toy company. Citing market demand for "back to basics" toys, the company president said he wants to introduce a new line of simple games that would flash a red LED when a target is struck with a rubber band, rubber ball or another reasonably safe projectile. But there's a catch. The game should not use a battery or external source of power. How did Archer solve this electrical challenge?

Can you solve the "Big Toy Challenge"?
Wacky Noise Maker

Noise to Some but Music to Others

If your New Year's celebration didn't produce enough noise, you might want to check out Jameco's Intern, Ariel Dubinski's, latest intermediate do-it-yourself project to create an electronic noisemaker. Based on a project originally published by our friends at the Music from Outer Space web site, we thought this was a classic garage project.

Rock your neighborhood with this wacky electronic noisemaker thingy.

Test Your Love

Love Tester For those in committed relationships who are willing to test their love, or those who are uncommitted and still searching for the perfect partner, here comes the perfect Love Tester kit. This intermediate level project promises to test the electrical current running through any relationship. Join Jameco Product Manager, Kelley Nash, for this love project.

Learn how to build your own love tester project.

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]
Blink M Led

Blink M Smart LEDs

Jameco Product Manager Robert Cong reviews a new programmable LED light solution that may eliminate the need to ever have to drag the ladder out to set up and remove Christmas lights every year. In fact, Robert suggests that every holiday deserves its own lighted theme.

Check out this new lighting solution!