These various groups have helped me on my tech journey, and helped Walltech get started! I can wholeheartedly recommend these companies to beginners and pros alike, and encourage you to check out their products, blogs, forums and guides where applicable!

 

Adafruit Industries

“Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels.” I. Love. Adafruit. ’nuff said. What do I love? Well, everything! 🙂 Adafruit finds really cool stuff like HD screens, high-tech sensors, awesome ICs, and makes really awesome breakouts for them to use in your projects. They also make electronics DIY kits which are always useful, and their learning system is the best place to go to learn electronics online for anyone at any skill level. They run a weekly livestream “ask an engineer” show, with electronics news, new products, and generally discuss some pretty awesome things. (the quickest hour of every week :() There’s a trivia question and giveaway, and their other shows include a hardware hangout on select tuesdays, a wearables show on wednesdays, and a google plus show and tell for everyone to show off their cool gadgets! I can’t say it all here, check it out!

 

Sparkfun Electronics

“SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. Whether it’s a robot that can cook your breakfast or a GPS cat tracking device, our products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. In addition to products, SparkFun also offers classes and a number of online tutorials designed to help educate individuals in the wonderful world of embedded electronics.”

 

Femtoduino

The guys at Femtoduino.com make some amazing stuff. Their flagship, the FemtoduinoUSB, is no ordinary Arduino UNO clone. With onboard usb, an atmega 328, voltage regulator, power and d13 leds, and all other features of the amazing Arduino UNO, all packed neatly and professionally into the size of a penny, It only weighs 2 grams, and is an absolute beast! Check out their versions with BLE on board, the various Femtoduino shields, IO expanders, stepper motor drivers, and much more at femtoduino.com!

 

OSHPark 

“OSH Park is a community printed circuit board (PCB) order. We bring you high quality, lead free boards (ENIG finish), manufactured in the USA, and shipped for free to anywhere in the world. 2 layer boards are $5 per square inch (with 3 copies of your board included in that price) and ship in under 12 calendar days from ordering. 4 layer boards are $10 per square inch (also including 3 copies of your board), go to the fab every 2 weeks, and have a 2 week turn time from the fab. We can also support larger runs. See the pricing page for a full list of offerings.”

 

Tindie

“We are the only marketplace community focused on helping you hack the world around you.
On Tindie you’ll find products that break boundries and empower you to do more.
We are 4 people changing the world, one line of code at a time.
Hack your world.”

 

Arduino

“Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language(based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP).”

 

Spark Devices 

“Creating an internet-connected product requires both hardware and software expertise. And while great development tools have been introduced for each, integrating the hardware and software worlds has always been a challenge. Well, not anymore. We’ve designed hardware that talks to software, and software that talks to hardware. We’ve created an end-to-end solution so you don’t have to worry about the technical details. Instead, focus on what matters: your product.”

 

Makerbot Industries

MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn, New York-based company founded in January 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer and Zach “Hoeken” Smith producing 3D printers. MakerBot Industries’ products are designed to be built by anyone with basic technical skills and are described as about as complicated as assembling IKEA furniture. The printers are sold as do it yourself kits, requiring only minor soldering. At the top of the desktop 3D printer market, these printers are the forerunners of quality and luxury when it comes to affordable additive manufacturing. Check out Makerbot Industries.com for their latest models and all their technical specifications!

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