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Onion Omega2 Initial Review

Posted by Jason Robinson on

Definite Positives: Price point for board and expansions are great Console GUI is great way to manage the Omega2 Form factor - its tiny even with expansions Webcam addition was one-click Opportunities for Improvement: There are still some bugs in the system - its not ready for mass market just yet The forum is helpful, but it can be daunting to find your particular issue Security on the device is iffy right now - lots of default passwords that are difficult to change Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced DIY'ers Users who are comfortable with SSH, Linux and Command Line interfacing...

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Sparkfun PiRetroCade Review

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The Sparkfun PiRetroCade lets you reclaim your youth without the need to make change for a dollar.  After about an hour building and one quick retrofit we were back in 1989 playing video games like we were at a sleepover. Pros: Using the box as a joystick is a perfect. Great stepping stone into building a full-size or table top arcade machine. Assembly is straight forward. RetroPi "OS" is a great as a standalone and adding ROMs is super easy. Cons: The wire lengths are not forgiving. You can easily make a rat's nest in a box. As a child...

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Adafruit's Circuit Playground (Developer Edition) Review

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Adafruit's Circuit Playground is a cost-effective way to dip your toe into the world of embedded electronics.  On-board sensors and switches allow for beginners to learn how to pull information from inputs without having to worry about wiring.  Ten Neopixels (RGB LEDs) allow for visually expressing sensor inputs or just being generally creative with color outputs.  This is a great board to start with and for $20 you can't argue with the value-for-money. Best Suited For: Beginners who can easily find and interpret documentation. Wearables enthusiast looking for more power/bells/whistles than Adafruit Flora or Gemma. Seasoned pros looking for a...

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LulzBot Taz 5 Review

Posted by Jason Robinson on

Full Disclosure:  Free Radical Labs has not received any compensation from Aleph Objects for this review.  This review is based solely on our opinion and our month of ownership. After about a month of playing around with our Lulzbot Taz 5 3D printer we can honestly say that we are extremely pleased with the machine.  With the exception of the Christmas break, we have tried to print something every day and we're only about half way through the kilogram of HIPS filament we purchased.  We are not printing crazy huge objects just yet, but its become surprisingly useful in making...

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First Impressions of the Lulzbot Taz 5 3D Printer

Posted by Jason Robinson on

Full Disclosure:  Our Taz is on the dining room table - it hasn't made it into the lab yet.  Thankfully, Christmas dinner is not at our house this year. We opened our Lulzbot Taz 3D printer on Friday, and we have not been able to focus on anything else other than how to improve our 3D CAD skills all weekend.  After a quick call to tech support (at which time they referred us rather politely a complete sentence in the instruction guide) we were up in no time.  We picked up some HIPS filament on Amazon just so we could...

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