The folks over at Electroninks were kind enough to send us a couple of their Circuit Scribe kits to unbox and demo. If you've been following their wildly successful kickstarter you know these are just now getting shipped to their 12,000+ backers.
If you missed out on the kickstarter you can buy a kit over at 123D Circuits.
If you're a 123D Circuits user you've probably seen a change to the home page that prominently features Circuit Scribe, and for good reason: we're the source for the upcoming kits and (spoiler alert!) the upcoming Circuit Scribe Virtual Editor (more on all that here).
In addition to the unboxing video (below) we thought it would be timely to give a little background on Circuit Scribe and Electroninks... Imagine a world without wires and the need to solder, a world where you can still create working, interactive circuits by simply placing components on paper and drawing connections between them with a conductive-ink pen. Electroninks IS that conductive ink, and Circuit Scribe is the family of modular components that connect to create working circuits.
Each Circuit Scribe kit comes with an Electroninks pen and anyone can download a PDF of their instruction workbook - which is full of great getting started info about electronics and cool projects.
The Circuit Scribe components come in four types: Power, Input, Connect, and Output. Each type has several modules and we've chosen to show one of each (you can see them all here). They're pretty straight forward:
POWER modules are power sources, they're how you add a battery or USB power to a circuit.
INPUT modules let you interact with the circuit. Flip a switch, turning a dial, or move your hands over a light sensor. If you wanted to control something manually you'd pop one of these in.
CONNECT modules form the logic of a circuit. The NPN transistor above is a perfect example and we're so glad it's included in the kits. With the NPN in the loop you can deliver lots of power with a tiny input signal, for example you can make a touch sensor circuit with one! (see video for example)
OUTPUT modules are where the rubber meets the road, literally. Motors, LEDs, Buzzers, connectors to outside circuits (like breadboards and Arduino boards).
If you've read this far you're a champ, here's the unboxing video. Enjoy and let us know what you'd like to make with a Circuit Scribe kit by leaving a comment below!
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