USA Office: Blink Manufacturing 14019 Whispering Palms Dr.
Houston, TX 77066, PH. 281 397 8101, Fax. 281 397 6220.
Mexico Plant: Marketing Tech. De Mex. SA de CV. Alamo 93
Cuarto Piso, Santa Monica, Tlal. Edo. De Mexico, 54040
Tels. 011 52(555) 314 5325 & 011 52(555) 360 3648
Fax. 011 52(555) 361 5996.
SKIN THAT SUCKER
The “iRobot I
Just when you thought that it was a
silly idea to plaster decals and stickers all over your Roomba, iRobot has
introduced an innovative way to personalize your robot floor vac — iRobot skins.
A new April addition to the iRobot
Store, these glossy vinyl iRobot skins —
called Skinit — range from sports and
college themes to a list of photorealis-tic skins that will catch your eye as
Roomba cleans your floor (e.g., eye,
pizza, and quarter skins). Best of all,
Skinit isn’t restricted to the supplied
iRobot themes. You can roll your own.
Just snap your own digital photograph, upload it to the iRobot Skinit
server, and iRobot will adapt your work
of art to your Roomba or Scooba.
All of this fancy art doesn’t come
cheap, however. A skin — pictured here
— “I Love Robots” costs $19.98. Plus
there is an additional charge of $4.95
for postage and handling. Luckily, you
don’t have to handle your new skin
with care — they are removable.
You can order iRobot skins from
Skinit at www.irobotskins.com
IC that won’t cost you a thing or at
least it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
After you’ve learned how to procure
electronic components from Fried, be
sure and nose around the rest of her
website. Inside you will find some great
circuits, wonderful kits, and an encyclopedia’s worth of knowledge — all for free.
You can become enlightened by
Limor Fried at www.ladyada.net and
can see her list of freebies at www.lady
The Package. Photo courtesy
Have you ever been frustrated with
wanting to build a great widget
only to give up because you can’t find
the right electronic part? Well, so did
Limor Fried. That is until she organized a comprehensive list of sources
for free electronics.
Able to sling a soldering iron with
the best of ‘em, Fried got fed up with
part obsolescence, high priced ICs, and
difficulty in locating a unique analog
chip, so she created the definitive list for
procuring free electronic components.
Need a PIC, Maxim serial line driver, or a ZigBee thingie? Fried can show
you how you can request a “sample”
If you or your company are looking
to add some design flexibility to
your printed circuit boards, then
SchmartBoard just might be able to
make this whole process “EZ.” Just
what makes it so “EZ?”
In a nutshell, SchmartBoard’s “EZ”
technology enables anyone to solder surface-mount components to PCBs ... by
hand. While the SchmartBoard product
has been available as a line of prototyping boards (e.g., in SO, QFP, PLCC, and
BGA packages) since 2003, early this
spring the SchmartBoard|ez technology
was opened to independent licensing.
Now you can add a “EZ” SMT solder pad to any mass-manufactured
PCB. Just think, your company could
add an “EZ” pad to an experimenter’s
board or incorporate an “EZ” pad into
a new circuit design reference board
prior to the delivery of the ICs. Then
new ICs could be tested and evaluated on these “EZ” PCBs without committing to a large manufacturing run.
Visit www.schmartboard.com for
further info on the SchmartBoard. NV
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