The Mail Bag

Introducing our newest site sponsor: ServoCity.com

Welcome ServoCity.com as our newest sponsor.

I would like to introduce ServoCity.com as our newest site sponsor! Expect to see some reviews of some of their products in the coming weeks! If you have not visited their site, you need to. These guys are serious about servo accessories. Everything from Pan and Tilt kits, Gear Boxes, Servo Controllers, and all the hardware you could ever need for your next robotics project can be found on their site! A big thanks to Lauren for taking a chance on us! [node:read-more:link]

We don't usually cover kickstarter projects, but when we do it is for something we love!

We get several request a week to asking us to cover various kickstarter projects and we usually just file them in chapter 13 because if we posted every one we received, we would become nothing but a kickstarter aggregator. We made an exception this time because this kickstarter is something we are very close to. SpacePRIDE is a team founded in 2010 to compete in the NASA Centennial Challenge - Sample Return Rover.In the 2012 competition, they built three rovers to compete with in a span of 7 months. They are doing it again this year for the 2013 competition, but this year they are starting from the ground up and building four rovers to compete with and they need your help! Check out their Kickstarter and continue reading after the jump for more information!  [node:read-more:link]

chipKIT Design Challenge extended until May 15th 2013

Digilent chipKIT Uno32Microchip and Digilent have officially extended the chipKIT Design Challenge from January 15th 2013 to May 15th 2013. In a press release Microchip stated "In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy to parts of the Northeastern United States, we will be changing the deadline for submissions for the chipKIT Design Challenge from January 15/2013 to May 15/2013. Microchip Technology extends our thoughts and best wishes to all those affected." If you are unfamiliar with the chipKIT Design Challenge or would like to post an entry check out the rest of the page after the jump.  [node:read-more:link]

Scavenging for parts part 1: Stepper Motors

Here at the makers work bench we like to tear apart old electronics to find components to build our projects. A few weeks ago we were give 2 old dot matrix printers [node:read-more:link]

Registration is open for the 2013 Digilent Design Contest.


Digilent Design Contest 2013

Its that time again! Digilent has announced their 2013 Design Contest  for student engineers. We encourage all of you out there to register and make something awesome! Who knows, you may win! This contest is open to all university students and will be held in a number of regions around the world. See below for the regional contest nearest you! [node:read-more:link]