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Curious Electric at Cambridge MakeSpace

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Recently, I headed down to Cambridge MakeSpace for a meet up of the the Cambridge Synthetic Biology group. The meet up was entitled "Science Makers: Open hardware for STEM education". They had previously ordered the bat listener kit and invited me along to chat about the kits I'm working on and also to hear and see what members of their group are working on It was great to visit the group and also have a look around Cambridge MakeSpace - always good to see other spaces. Interesting cargo bike project. After three talks (mine, a talk on plant electrophysiology in...

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Derby Mini Maker Faire

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The Curious Electric Company had a stall at our most local Mini Maker Faire in Derby. It was a great, if very busy, day. So busy in fact that I only had the time to take one photograph and did not manage to visit any of the other stalls during the day. I ad the new design for the Bat Listener and the EMF detector for sale and they seemed popular. Over 2000 people attended the event, which is amazing. It was their 5th year aniversary and its good to know that I have been every year, either with Nottingham...

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PCB design procedure...

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Here at The Curious Electric Company, we use the open source PCB and schematic design package KiCAD. This keeps getting better and better, but, as with any software, has a (quite steep) learning curve associated. Here is the NEW version of the Bat Listener being worked on. We have listened to customer feedback and have tried to improve the kit making it easier to build, reduce the number of fiddly wires to cut and solder and have better component labelling. Designing a PCB has a number of distinct stages. These are: Schematic design Produce the schmatic layout of the prototype...

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We are heading to EMF camp 2016!

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We are packing some of our kits and will have some new ideas to show of at Electro-Magnetic Field 2016 from 5-7 August. This is a bi-annual geeky fesitval with loads of amazing talks, interesting interactive exhibits and workshops. I will be also be running a workshop to build our DIY Solar Charger. This seemed appropriate for an outdoor festival. Please come along and build your own solar charger - the workshop starts at 12midday on Saturday 6th in Workshop 2. The kit will be at a special price for EMF only!

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Blinky Grid Workshop

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The Curious Electric Company roots are intertwined with Nottingham Hackspace. Most of the kits developed have initially been run as workshops at the hackspace, including our most popular kit: The Bat Listener. Recently I ran a workshop at Nottingham Hackspace on surface mount soldering. I used an amazing kit from Wayne and Layne: The Blinky Grid. This is a small LED display that scrolls a programmable message or graphic. It's a great starter to surface mount devices (SMD).   Thanks to everyone who came along! We hope to run more workshops and develop more interesing kits of our own for...

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