HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
terryking
User Rank
Iron
Re: Cool Toy
terryking   8/15/2011 12:41:56 PM
NO RATINGS
I think Arduino is the best thing in a long time to get people really involved with electronics and microcomputers.

I have quite a bit of Arduino How-To here for those who are not starting with a complete kit:

http://arduino-info.wikispaces.com/

 

Also see the Arduino discussion forums here:

http://arduino.cc/forum/

 

Regards, Terry King

...In The Woods In Vermont

terry@yourduino.com

 

jim.antaki@e-design-md
User Rank
Gold
Re: Cool Toy
jim.antaki@e-design-md   8/15/2011 11:04:49 AM
NO RATINGS
I can't wait to get one... in fact I'm getting one for my 5-year-old! (And will probably store it in the attic, along with the "Visible V-8 Engine" until she is old enough to understand it..... She's just entering the Tinkertoy apprentice level.)

I got my start in engineering with a "Radio Shack" version of this toy... circa 1976.  And I'm willing to bet that many of my contemporaries had a similar experience. 

sensor pro
User Rank
Gold
Re: Cool Toy
sensor pro   8/14/2011 8:48:07 PM
NO RATINGS
Another great stuff is on that site. http://www.hobbytron.com/lynx-arm.html

I made one robot with my kid and he used it in his class for almost a year. Very interesting and educational. I actually took if from him and had a demo at a show for my sensors. It is much better then standing and moving sensors in space. I just programmed this manipulator and it did the job.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

Tim
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Cool Toy
Tim   8/13/2011 10:44:24 PM
NO RATINGS
As a kid, I had a Capsella, a few Erector sets, and a few Robotix sets that I played with for several years.  As an adult, I have looked for similar items for my kids, but they are hard to find.  The SparkFun kit seems like it would help to introduce my kids to the world of engineering.

sensor pro
User Rank
Gold
Re: Cool Toy
sensor pro   8/12/2011 12:20:53 PM
NO RATINGS
Totally agree. My kids used SparkFun and made some nice science demos for school projects. We just donated 20lb of Lego to a local school including some SparkFuns. Great ideas from this company. It is a great educational tool to introduce kids to electronics and basic electro-mechanics.

jmiller
User Rank
Platinum
Cool Toy
jmiller   8/12/2011 11:58:25 AM
NO RATINGS
I love to hear about toys/products like this.  My son currently has scores of legos.  And we've done several other toys that require quite a bit of assembly.  My question is you say you were wondering if your sons (plural) would enjoy this set and you then mention your 14 year old loves it.  Would you recommend it for younger kids, 8, 10 12?  Or is it too much for them?

I love to encourage my son but sometimes a project that is too difficult can lead to frustration and the money would have been better spent on something else.  Although I really like the idea of being able to expand from the mechanical (lego) aspect of engineering into the electrical and electronics side of things.

jmiller
User Rank
Platinum
Cool Toy
jmiller   8/12/2011 11:58:06 AM
NO RATINGS
I love to hear about toys/products like this.  My son currently has scores of legos.  And we've done several other toys that require quite a bit of assembly.  My question is you say you were wondering if your sons (plural) would enjoy this set and you then mention your 14 year old loves it.  Would you recommend it for younger kids, 8, 10 12?  Or is it too much for them?

I love to encourage my son but sometimes a project that is too difficult can lead to frustration and the money would have been better spent on something else.  Although I really like the idea of being able to expand from the mechanical (lego) aspect of engineering into the electrical and electronics side of things.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged school children a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
Technology and global expansion are playing key roles in making manufacturing an attractive field for women to join, more than ever before, said the president of a woman-owned family of companies.
A few years ago, reshoring roared onto the scene as the next great movement in manufacturing, but the data so far reflect otherwise.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
8/13/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/24/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/11/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 31 - Sep4, Embedded System Design Techniques™ - Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service