Over the next weeks we are going to show you what some great artists did with the Papertronics’ Tablu Rasa, the blank one that comes in the kit. Every design is so unique. We were really impressed. These artists’ Papertronics were part of our gallery show at Gallery Hanahou.
Today we will post the Tabla Rasa lantern design of Lisa Grue from Denmark. When we got this is the mail, we knew that Lisa had designed it. We made delicate holes to let little rays of light out. This would be pretty using any color of LED.
Lisa Grue's take on Sparkle Labs' Tabla Rasa Papertronics
Arduino Microcontrollers are available in the shop.
Microcontrollers are collections of electrical components on a chip. You can program these components with a computer to behave in different ways. The Arduino UNO requires an A/B USB cable and the Arduino Software available from Arduino.cc.
The Arduino makes programming and microcontrollers surprisingly easy. It makes a great add-on to the Discover Electronics Kit. With the kit, you have everything you need to make great Arduino projects. We are busy creating lessons you can use with both the Discover Electronics Kit and the Arduino together.
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Our ID number is SPA11805
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Well, we are running low on our Lunar Modules and we have a whole series of new Papertronics in the pipeline. Previously, we had them printed in Austin, Texas at a printer we have worked with many times. We then assembled the parts ourselves. Now that we have more coming out and an imp, building them ourselves would be a bit much. We need a manufacturer here in the US.
The most important part is the printing and die cutting. The rest is simply placing the electronics parts into envelopes and putting it all together. It would be nice to find some place to handle it all but, if not, we can have it printed, source all of the parts and then have them sent to the assembly plant. A place that does bubble gum cards might be good.
If have any leads please leave them in the comments below or send me an email at info AT sparklelabs DOT com.
Papertronics are paper toys with paper electronic circuits in them. The Lunar Landers come in a pack of three. Spaceboy, Alien Girl and Tabula Rasa. Tabula Rasa is blank and can be designed by you.
Turn them into a cool night light, party lights or a fun additions to a room or desk. When the spaceships are put in their landers one way, they light up. Turn them another way and they are off. Fold them yourself- they come pre-cut. Fun DIY with paper and electronics.
With clear instructions, Papertronics are a great introduction into making and hacking as well as basic electronics. Available for sale here.
Here is a video of one being built:
Sparkle Labs is made up of designers and teachers. Our Discover Electronics Kit is designed to make learning electronics easy and fun. It is a curated selection of the basic parts to get started and learning right away. They are standard components and are still useful when you are ready to build your own projects. More then just a kit, it is an online, video course which you can access here: Discover Electronics Course.
The kit comes with clear, solderless breadboard and a simple battery pack. Clearly labeled parts and simple directions means you can have your first circuit up and running in minutes.
The manual explains whats going on inside. Illustrations aid in understanding.
Not just an electronics kit; online resources turn the kit into a video course pack.
- Light Detector
- Mini Theremin
- Booby Trap
- DIY Switch
- Dark Detector
- Rainbow LEDs
- LED Flasher
- Atari Punk Console (online project)
- DIY Christmas Tree or Hannukah Candle (online projects)
Double check your work against the photographs.
We have additional projects available on this site and we are adding more projects and lessons online.
You can purchase the kit as well as other products here.
- Transparent, Solderless Breadboard
- Speaker, 8ohm
- Potentiometers – 1k, 10k, 100k
- Aligator clips
- 556 Timer integrated circuit
- DIP Switch, 4 position
- Battery Holder, 4 AA, with headers and off/on switch
- Prestripped jumper-wires
- Photoresistors (2)
- Resistors, various (70)
- Capacitors, Various (26)
- Transistors, NPN (2)
- Diode – 1N4148
- Diode – 1N4001
- Button, momentary (2)
- LEDs, 5mm (9, Different colors)
- LED, 10mm, white, diffused
- Instruction manual