Robot Party – Special Edition

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Erin, the RobotGrrl writes in to share the Robot Party special edition -

The ROBOT PARTY is tomorrow at 8PM ET / 5PM PT! This is a very special edition broadcasted LIVE from Evil Mad Science that is celebrating the fantastic website LetsMakeRobots and their recent version 4 fundraiser! If you donated to their v4 fund before May 1st, then you were entered into a drawing to win 5 fabulous prizes from seeedstudio! You can still donate to LMR anyway!

 

We’re glad to participate in such an interesting event. We will provide prizes for the winners! Good luck guys!

 

Check the full article via RobotGrrl’s blog.

Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire review 2012

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Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire (that’s official by Make) is a yearly event for creators/hackers/makers of all sorts, robots, and electronics, pretty much anything technical and creative.

This year’s event was held on 8th April at the F518 Idea Land, Shenzhen, China. Seeed played a key role in organization and operation, and was the exclusive sponsor for the whole event. It’s not easy for us, but thankfully that’s a good beginning. We had 30 booths with over 80 makers and more than 120 maker stuffs in the venue. Approximately 600 visitors joined the event and more than 10 local Medias reported the maker faire. Specially, this is the first time that Make Faire comes into China, and it could definitely light up the maker culture in China.

More pictures here.

Shenzhen Hua Qiang Bei market tour by Dangerous Prototypes

People from Dangerous Prototypes made a great video and a series of posts to introduce the Hua Qiang Bei (SEG) market, the biggest electronics market in Shenzhen China. Enjoy!

Here’s the place that Shenzhen 2 U’s products come from and also is one of the most crowded places in the world.

 

You can get some basics from DP’s post.

 

Be sure to check out their previous Tours too. Akihabara in Tokyo and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul.

Another review of techBASIC 2.0 – a Hijack compatible app

Steven writes for the TUAW

Perhaps one of the coolest features of techBASIC 2.0 is the ability to tap into the sensors of your favorite iOS devices. The language provides a way to tap into the accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope, and also to grab your current latitude-longitude, altitude, and more. There’s a separate sensor class for the HiJack hardware, a University of Michigan project to add small sensor packages to iOS devices. The techBASIC blog features an example app showing how to grab readings from a HiJack-connected potentiometer. The potential here is huge — imagine being able to connect HiJack to a thermocouple to grab a temperature log through techBASIC, or to an anemometer to measure and track wind velocity on an iPad or iPhone.

Basically, HiJack was created at the University of Michigan for creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for mobile phones. HiJack can harvest power and use bandwidth from the cellphone’s headset interface. And techBASIC makes it easy to manipulate data and plot the results from HiJack, making the data more sensible and useful. That’s good to see an excellent app jumps up and works with HiJack to make things easier!

 

Here’s a previous review of techBASIC and HiJack.

HiJack Development Pack is in-stock now!

Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire Review by DP

Here’s a report about Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire from Dangerous Prototypes -

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China’s first Maker Faire was a huge success. The building was full from open to close, and the maker after party stretched late into the night. The projects were amazing, and the people were fantastic. We met a ton of amazing makers, and we can’t wait to go back next year. A huge thanks to Seeed Studio for organizing the faire, and everyone who took time to be in our video.

Thank you so much for coming and spreading the words微笑

Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire (that’s official by Make) is a yearly event for creators/hackers/makers of all sorts, robots, and electronics, pretty much anything technical and creative.

This year’s event was held on 8th April at the F518 Idea Land, Shenzhen, China. Seeed played a key role in organization and operation, and was the exclusive sponsor for the whole event. It’s not easy for us, but thankfully that’s a good beginning. We had 30 booths with over 80 makers and more than 120 maker stuffs in the venue. Approximately 600 visitors joined the event and more than 10 local medias reported the maker faire. Specially, this is the first time that Make Faire comes into China, and it could definitely light up the maker culture in China.

More pictures here.