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May 2013

Jameco Electronics Newsletter

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My Story: Electronics Meets the Zombie Puppets

Jameco customer Danette Pratt started Seriously Sick Socks™ a couple years ago after getting rave reviews for a “zombie sock puppet” she made for her godson. She took her fiber art to a new level when she made the eyes light up using LEDs and other components from Jameco. Her story is about how electronics meets art and she includes a cool DIY sock puppet project. Check out Danette's seriously sick love of sock puppets

What the Heck Is It?

In our never ending effort to try to stump our readers, we wonder if you can figure out what this is. We can tell you that this is a photograph that hasn't been doctored in any way.

Is it the latest robot project from Club Jameco? Is it a prototype gone wrong? Or is it a creature that lives under your sofa cushion?
What the heck is it?

Guess first... then find the answer here
bicycle turn signal

DIY Project Hack: Bicycle Turn Signal Headlight Kit

By Jackson Arcade

When I ride my bike around campus, people can guess that I'm an engineering student. My bike screams “engineer on board” and my latest bike enhancement was hacked from a Club Jameco kit. Here's how I took the kit to another level

We're Off to See the Wizard

Greg's Corner By Greg Harris

Recently, a student from the University of Michigan wrote asking if he and a few colleagues could take a tour of Jameco. He was on a trip to San Francisco to attend a conference and wanted to see Jameco and “meet Greg Harris” during his precious spare time.

While I was flattered, I was also a little apprehensive. The Bay Area has so much to offer that I wasn't sure how a visit to Jameco could possibly be the priority with such a short visit. Nevertheless we rolled out the red carpet (made entirely of flashing LEDs of course) and welcomed Aaron and his colleagues.

Sadly, meeting me in person was a little disappointing because I revealed a secret I’ve never shared with Jameco readers. If you ever have occasion to visit the San Francisco Bay Area, please add a visit to Jameco to your tour.
SMT adapter board

Product Review: Jameco ValuePro Surface Mount Adapter Boards

By Robert Cong

The latest surface mount adapter boards offer designers a simple and easy method for prototyping. With multiple surface mount packages on a single board, designers can save time, money and many troubleshooting headaches.

Check out these new SMT Adapter Boards
Micro Bot

Tech News: Robots Reach Innerspace

In the 1966 movie, The Fantastic Voyage, scientists shrink small enough to travel through the human body on a mission to destroy a patient’s blood clot. Of course, it will never happen … with people. But when bodily limits prevent humans from going to unreachable places, humans send the next best thing – robots. These armies of microbots may someday be used to deliver cancer drugs deep inside the body directly to tumors, bypassing the need for invasive surgery or cancer drugs that cause collateral damage.

See the Fantastic Voyage of Micro-bots

New Baseball Technology Design

Last month we posed a challenge to design a system to replace the umpire's task of calling runners safe or out at home plate. We weren't sure what we would get but Jameco reader James Furmato has perfectly outlined how it might work. Can you improve upon it?

Designing a virtual umpire

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]