Make Stuff With Mindkits

Making things. It’s a bastion of New Zealand culture. We call it the “Number 8 Wire” mentality. Some would argue that the future of our economy relies on our ability to keep on with the makery. I love making stuff, and I love local kiwi company Mindkits, because they supply all sorts of electronic goodies to help you and me make anything we might put our minds to.

Video: Robots and Tinkering

Here are the items I reviewed on TVNZ this morning. Click the image for the video. Item: “Klutz” Science Books Price:Various (generally $30-$40) Rating: 4 / 5 Info: If you have a budding young scientist who is perhaps a bit too junior to be holding a soldering iron, books like the Klutz range are a […]

Arduino Hacking for Fun and … Fun

There’s something special about the tangible nature of electronics. Moreso perhaps for geeks and nerds who tend to work with the intangible: maths, software, science. Taking those incorporeal concepts and turning them into physical phenomena – flashing lights, moving servos – unlocks something deep in the geek psyche. Perhaps the toolmaking caveman, repressed by years […]

Coming Up: Giveaways and Mindstorms

It’s been a bit ungadgety around here lately, but never fear! I’ve got some cool stuff coming up in the next couple of weeks: Reviewing the new Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit. Reviewing the Arduino starter kit from Mindkits.co.nz Giving away an LG HFB-500 Bluetooth hands-free kit Noisy and fast gadgets for Fathers’ day. A […]