It’s been a fun ride!
Six years ago I set out to create a few products that would make learning electronics fun and easy for everyone. Over that course of time I had the pleasure of hearing from thousands and thousands of people sharing great stories of what they have learned and what kind of projects they were building. This was just a part time endeavor worked on after a long day at my full time job, needless to say there were times when I was so exhausted I wasn’t sure how long I could keep this up but hearing from so many happy customers was the fuel that kept me going.
Unfortunately I’ve reached a point now that I have too many other big projects going on that I just can’t dedicate enough time to support this side effort anymore and must call it quits.
I will continue to keep the site around for a while longer and the email for another year to offer support for existing customers so they are not left high and dry but there will be no new or current products for sale anymore.
The Circuits For Fun Store is moving over to Tindie, it seems like a great fit for the type of products we offer and it also has the added benefit of not having to maintain our own store server, which means more time to develop cool new products!
Head over and check it out when you have a chance.
Maker Faire Orlando is only a few days away!!
Circuits for Fun will be there supporting the Orlando Robotics and Makers Club. If you’re in Orlando this weekend, the 13th and 14th come to the Maker Faire and drop by the Orlando Robotics and Makers booth to say hi!!
New Digital Music Box project work in progress:
- Wind up rotary encoder with wind up clicking sound effect.
- External input for button or other trigger mechanism
- Deep sleep mode when not playing to conserve battery for many years of life on 2 AA batteries
- Can hold about 3 – 4 minutes worth of musical data
- Software controlled volume level
- Serial interface for uploading new music
- Midi to MusicBox software to convert and upload music
Check it out and let me know what you think, I might start selling these as kits soon.
For anyone interested in Electrical Engineering you should really check out EEWeb it contains numerous resources: news, forums, tools, articles, videos and more. The web based tools alone are a great resource for any engineer but the constant flow of new articles and projects is a great source of knowledge and information.
We are proud to announce the availability of the ChipCap2 Temperature and Humidity Sensor Breakout Board. This low cost board comes with a lot of great features:
- Fully Calibrated & Temperature Compensated
- Digital i2c communication
- Built-in Alarm function and logic pins.
- Once alarm values are set it can work without a microcontroller.
- Precision & Accuracy (±2%RH, ±0.3°C, 14 bit )
- Humidity Range: 0 ~ 100% RH - Response Time: 7s
- Temperature Range: -40°C ~ 125°C - Response Time: 5s
- Low Current Consumption
- Reliable in Harsh Environments
Check out the project page for more details or head over to the store to pick one up.
My son has been messing around with Scratch for a while now and always interested in electronics I asked him to try to come up with something that combines the two, this is what he came up with using pyMCU loaded with the picoboard emulation firmware:
Carl Trubiano has created a really cool GUI for pyMCU
This is still very very ALPHA and Carl has indicated that it has still not been fully tested so use at your own risk.
A very cool and very fun way to interact with pyMCU!
Thanks for sharing Carl.
For anyone that hasn’t been following the Circuits For Fun forum, Piotr Maliński has created some really great tutorials over on his website. Head on over and check it out http://www.rkblog.rk.edu.pl/w/p/raspberry-pi-and-microcontrollers/#2
Thanks for sharing Piotr.
If you live near the Orlando area be sure to come check out the Mini Maker Faire this Saturday October 5th. It’s going to be at the Orlando Science Center this year and there’s going to be some great makers showing off there projects as well as all the cool science center exhibits.