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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by D from BC, Mar 29, 2007.

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  1. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Would you give a kid an electronics kit like the old Radio Shack 75
    inOne with the little springs..'m LTspice :)

    Son: "Daddy..what does a real transistor look like?"
    Father: "Google for a picture."
    Hours later....
    Son: "Daddy..what do real boobs look like?"

    D from BC
  2. colin

    colin Guest

    The one I had used terminal strips.
    was in its own plastic case wich was a bit like a lunch box,
    with speaker, tuning capacitor , vol knob, on off switch etc.

    Colin =^.^=
  3. Bruce Varley

    Bruce Varley Guest

    I did some electronics with my 9yo nephew. The main problem was that his
    expectations were driven by what he could buy in the toy shops. Things built
    on matrix board like light operated switches and AM radios with earpieces
    didn't cut it at all. He wanted to build things like a radio controlled car.
    I'm not sure what I could have done better. Any suggestions for next time
    would be appreciated.
  4. EdV

    EdV Guest

    Buy lots of relatively inexpensive toys and then start prying them
    open and hack stuff together. Then put a PIC in there somewhere.
  5. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    When I was a kid, there wasn't high tech toys (that my parents could
    afford) so I didn't have much competing with the 75inOne electronic
    These days...
    An electronic kit is really lame compared to XBox, PS4 and RC cars (as
    It's not impressive to make an LED blinker or whooper sound effect.
    It also doesn't make you the cool kid on the block.
    An intro to electronics is going to need flash, bang and zoom to
    capture attention. AFAIK there isn't anything like that.

    I wonder how well Mechno and Leggo are doing..Sales dropping over the
    D from BC
  6. D from BC

    D from BC Guest


    Father: Ok were going to crack open "Tickle Me Elmo"
    Son: Noooooo!

    Tickle Me Elmo can be seen on

    Those electronics designers must have had lots of fun.
    D from BC
  7. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I was at a barbecue a few weeks ago and the 9-12 yo set was getting a
    lot of mileage out of a remote controlled fart generator.
    Place transducer under chair
    Wait for lady to sit on chair
    Push button to activate fart.
    Peals of laughter, rolling on ground clutching sides etc.

    You have to work to your audience.

    Bob Stephens
  8. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Was it a kit ?
    Or was it a Frankenstein project, say MP3+amp+speaker+garage door
    D from BC
  9. Bob

    Bob Guest

    One of the kids' dad imports wholesale lots of electronic junk from
    the far east, so this was probably a packaged product. It wouldn't be
    hard to kit one up though.
    This one consisted of a wireless fob and a small black box containing
    electronic farts!

    Bob Stephens
  10. I used to love capsela, sort of like lego but bigger and with wires,
    lights, motors, etc. I used to have a simple computer so you could program
    things like:

    forward polarity to motor 1 and 2 for 1 period
    forward polarity to motor 2 for 1 period
    lights on for one period
    reverse polarity to motor 1 and 2 for 3 periods

    Obviously it didn't talk about polarity, it was just backwards and
    forwards, but you quickly realised that by swapping the red and blue wires
    you achieved the same thing.

    I imagine that by now there would be some sort of remote control.

    It also gave an introduction to mechanics, 1 gearbox went fast but wouldnt
    move any weight, another one was slower but could carry stuff.

    -- Michael Heydon
  11. Son: "Daddy..what do real boobs look like?"

    Son, viewing the monthly fold-out of dad's adult literature:
    "Dad, what's a rack?"
    Dad, snatching away the magazine:
    "It's a country, son..."


  12. Father: Google for a picture of Phil Allison.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  13. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

  14. jasen

    jasen Guest

    sounds like this one:

    Jaycar do some kits that hack this and use the transmitter/receiver
    pair for other purposes.

  15. James Arthur

    James Arthur Guest

    A crystal set, ideally with an inductor self-wound on a toilet-paper
    center. Nothing compares with the magic of getting audio from ether.

    James Arthur

  16. I see you found the other boob. ;-)

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  17. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Dare you to name boob #1... :)
    D from BC

  18. I thought we hammered that out a long time ago. Homer is the #1
    boob, of course. OTOH, If he ever finds work that will make him a boob
    job. He shares the title with Phil. Homer has the Northern hemisphere,
    and Phil has the Southern hemisphere. You know how big boobs sag,
    without support.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
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