• The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is now in stock!

    Get your hands on the new and improved Pi Model B+! Sporting extra GPIO pins, additional USB sockets, and better power consumption this single board Linux computer has you covered!

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  • PowerBoost 500 Shield

    The ultimate power shield for your Arduino! Just add one of our LiPo batteries and this shield will automatically switch between wall and battery power while keeping the battery topped up!


  • BeagleBone Black

    We now have the very powerful BeagleBone Black in stock along with a number of handy accessories - Get yours today!

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  • Emerging Objects

    This brand new kit is a great starting point for beginners to electronics and Arduino microcontrollers. The kit includes necessary electronics and access to the 4 week online class!

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  • All the Arduino essentials in one convenient kit!

    Build 15 unique projects with the included components to learn the basics of electronics, programming, and interfacing with the real world!


  • Spikenzielabs

    DIY electronics kits starting at: $29.95

    Learn to solder by building your very own watch or calculator!

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Arduino Night – October 29th @ 7:30 PM

In the Nanaimo area? No plans tonight? Want to learn about Arduino? Come on in to Makerspace Nanaimo where we will be hosting an Arduino Seminar! It starts at 7:30PM and covers the basics of the Arduino. We will be working directly from the workbook included in the Arduino Starter Kit so we do recommend picking one up if you do plan to keep attending this weekly seminar. We will have a limited number of products on display beginning at 6:30 PM so come on in and check it out!

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BeagleBone Accessories and more!

With the addition of the BeagleBone Black to our catalogue last week we thought it might be a good idea to get a few of the essential accessories up there as well! To start we have a BeagleBone Black case – this two piece case looks amazing and fits the BeagleBone Black quite well. Need to run a cape on top? The top can be easily removed allowing clearance for the largest of capes. We also have 2×23 stacking headers and a nice prototyping cape from Adafruit Industries.

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New Products!

This week we have a couple more new products added to the store. First up: the USBtinyISP AVR Programmer kit - this is a great soldering project that, when completed, leaves you with a very useful programming tool. The programmer is compatible with almost all Arduino and “Minimal Arduino” with less than 64K flash memory and works great with avrdude.

Next up we have the BeagleBone Black Rev C 4GB. This is a very powerful 1GHz single board computer with a ton of I/O, HDMI, DDR3 memory, and 4GB built in flash memory.

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Makerspace Meeting / Arduino Night

A few notes about Nanaimo Makerspace to start off this short week!

There will be an Open Meeting / Social gathering at the space tonight (Tuesday) beginning around 6:30 PM. Guests are invited to come in and check the place out – there are always plenty of people on hand to give you a tour. At 7:00 PM there will be an open meeting, feel free to join in!

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Turkey Weekend

Just a reminder – this Monday, October 13th is Thanksgiving holiday here in Canada. All orders received after 1:00 PM Pacific Time will be shipped Tuesday October 14th. Enjoy the long weekend – we will be back with more great new products on Tuesday!


New Products!

Another week and another selection of new products!

First off we have a couple of Raspberry Pi touch screens. Both fit on the Raspberry Pi Model A/B/B+ and can be used for the console, X window port, and displaying images or video. The 2.8″ touch screen is 320 x 240 resolution and uses a capacitive touch overlay – no fingernail or stylus required! The larger 3.5″ touch screen uses a resistive and has 480 x 320 resolution.

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