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DiamondMind - End of an Era

February of 2013 I went to visit my old mate Vik at his workshop in Henderson with a proposition. I had loved the work the talented engineer had done for the reprap project over the years and really is the grandfather of the reprap project in many ways. I felt that I could bring something new to it. With Vik’s design skills and my guidance around polish, business and growing communities I could see that we were a great match and Vik agreed. Read More...

MOTAT SPARK-LAB WORKSHOPS

MOTAT SPARK-LAB WORKSHOPS - using the MindKits BrainBoard. Read More...

Help Keep Batteries Out Of Landfill


Ever wondered what happens to used batteries that find their way into the landfill? It's not pretty, especially with chemicals like cadmium and mercury leaching into our waterways and polluting the little blue bubble we all live upon. Read More...

Loomio - Open Source Democracy

Pi Day Friday

So the day is finally here….the boss is shouting us lunch!  Read More...

March 29th is world wide Arduino Day

Lights, Camera..3D print How To...

Hi folks, today I set up lights, cameras and the DiamondMind and made a bunch of videos to help with setup, troubleshooting, general use and software. The last one is uploading now so I wanted to share them as a resource to keep on hand as it grows. Ie, bookmark the link and I'll keep adding videos.

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Fay takes over MindKits - Pink stuff is taking over :/

Did you know that there is only 8 Saturday's until Christmas! That means 55 sleeps to go. So have you started your shopping yet?
We can help!


As some of you may or may not know, the MindKits team has grown and Fay is now taking on many of the MindKits duties - she proved herself indispensable when she got up and packed MindKits orders at 4am in the morning while she was in labour - she says she didn't want to let people down and miss a shipping day. This is a good thing and if there's things we should be stocking, just reply to this email and let us know!

Well the first move was to purchase Pink raspberry pie tins! First time there has been pink in the warehouse that's for sure. So pop over to the website and have a look to see how she is doing. Read More...

Makersplosion - Auckland LIbrary Hacker Space

Open Source Developers Conference 2013

Guest Writer: Cherie Ellis

Yesterday I took the opportunity to catch up with the lovely Tom Eastman who Steve and I first met at Auckland airport on our way to LCA Sydney. Steve was wearing his LCA Dunedin t-shirt and Tom recognised it. We have kept in touch since then, and I was thrilled when Tom submitted papers for OSDC. Tom is has been in Auckland to attend PyCon last weekend and present at OWASP New Zealand Day conference today. Good luck, Tom! I met Tom at the office of Catalyst Auckland yesterday and took the opportunity to meet the team there. It's great to have the support of Catalyst for OSDC, and I can see that working with the Auckland team will be a lot of fun! We're definitely on the countdown now, and I'm thrilled to say that we have everything in place, we just need you, the delegates. The excitement of the speakers and delegates for this conference is brilliant to experience - those who are coming really want to be involved! It's going to be a great conference, and we can't wait to meet you all!  Read More...

Available today - The DiamondMind 3D Printer. Exceptional in Every Way

You want a 3D printer but chances are, like me you discovered they're either really expensive or you need to be highly technical to put one together. We think you're going to love our second release of the DiamondMind 3D Printer. Made in New Zealand to be even easier to assemble and have great print quality while at an affordable price. To top all that off, once you invest in a DiamondMind you receive support and access to a community of others and the designers so you're never left to battle frustration.We think you're going to love what we've spent hundreds of hours developing for you to enjoy.  Read More...

Open Source Developers Conference - Speakers and Lineup

Guest Writer: Cherie Ellis

So far we have a great schedule of presentations for the conference, we are now working on getting the word out as far and wide as we can.  You'll see that we are covering Security, Data, and Development as our main subjects, but there are other subjects covered as well:  Business, DevOps, Languages... Read More...

The Open Source Developers Conference

Guest writer: Cherie Ellis

The Open Source Developers Conference is a labour of love for the head organisers. I co-presented at this conference in 2007 with my husband, Steve. Our presentation then was what we had learned as the developers of an Open Source product, about the expectations of customers and how they can be so different from what the developer thinks they will be. It went down well and we were hooked, with Steve presenting and both of us attending many other conferences since. Read More...

DiamondMind 3D Printer | Low Cost Ethernet | Low Cost Arduino's

Hi ya, what a month it's been! I wanted to share a couple of the things that have been going on that I think you'll love. That's a DiamondMind 3D Printer - the last time we put them up on the site they sold out overnight so this time we're sharing them quietly to MindKits members.  What makes it unique? Click here to find out... Read More...

Notifying Doorbell with PushingBox Is Now A Product You Can Buy

Do you remember the Arduino hack allowing you to send notifications when somebody rings at your doorbell? (http://www.mindkits.co.nz/mindkits-news-and-blog/notifying-doorbell-with-pushingbox).
The guy who did this, announced a new kind of object. This object called Notifon (www.notifon.net) is able to send notifications (Push, mail, Tweet...) on any real life event triggered by a switch, push button or magnetic switch. Read More...

The Cardboard Synthesizer Workshop

The Cardboard Synthesizer Workshop
With Niklas Roy & Kati Hyyppä
Thursday 30 May | 9am - 4pm | CoLab Mechatronics Lab, Level 11, WG Building, AUT City Campus, Auckland CBD CoLab staff & students: $25 / Regular fee: $50 (includes lunch)  Read More...

Top Five Arduino Project Starters Most Often Missed

The world of Arduino has exploded into a huge variety of awesome hardware, libraries of code and dedicated people sharing projects and inspiration. With an avalanche of options, information and projects vying for your attention means you’re going to miss things so we’ve put together the top five list of the most often missed Arduino project starters that you need to know about.  Read More...

Funduino Arduino Compatible's are X-Treme!

OMG Ponies!!!!
Our new range of Funduino 100% Arduino Compatible's are X-Treme! Well, they're extremely awesome because they're functionally the same as the Arduino branded gear but far less expensive.

Low cost 100% Compatible Arduino Clone for $25.99


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