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Derby Mini Maker Faire

Posted by Matthew Little on

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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Heading to Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

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The Curious Electric Company will make its first public appearance this coming weekend (Sunday 10th April 2016) at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire! This is part of the world famous Edinburgh Science Festival and will be held in Summerhall. We hope to have our range of kits demonstrated there along with some prototypes of new products in the pipeline. We will have soldering equipment so you can solder your kit up straight away. If you are in the area then please come along - it promises to be a great day out with loads of interesting things happening.

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