International Steampunk Symposium Creations

Posted by Greg on Apr 28, 2015

Once again my work life and personal life collided this weekend when I attended the International Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati, OH.
 
If you are not familiar with steampunk it started off as a literary genre in the 1980's and has since grown into a large and vibrant community of makers, artists and revisionist historians that touches every aspect of culture. The most common way to describe steampunk is as an alternate history that started during the age of steam, but moved along to present time along a divergent timeline where steam power is the primary source of power. It is a magical world of top hats, corsets, tailcoats, brass gadgets, rayguns and creations that are known as much for their style as their function. 
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Six Projects You Can Build With Your Raspberry Pi 2!

Posted by Greg on Apr 20, 2015


The Raspberry Pi 2 is an amazing single board computer than can be used for thousands of projects. However, when you go to explain for great it is many people want to know what you do with it. If you say "almost anything" they just can't conceptualize what is meant. To make things easier we gathered six great Raspberry Pi projects to help spur the imagination and give a few practical examples that almost anybody can make and use.

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MCM Maker Madness Round One Results

Posted by Greg on Mar 30, 2015

The first eight face offs have happened and the winners from Round One have been chosen to move on while the others fell. while they are all great product there can only be one! 

Round One saw some close battles, a few blowouts and a couple of surprises:

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AFRL PiDay Maker Faire!

Posted by Greg on Mar 16, 2015


The first AFRL (Air Force Research Lab) PiDay Maker Faire started at exactly 3.14.15 @ 9:26:53 and MCM Electronics was on hand with plenty of Raspberry Pi boards, kits and demos. The show was a huge success with over 550 attendees who looked at dozens of maker projects and attended ten different panels and demos.[More]

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Raspberry Pi 3 RetroPie Game Emulator

Posted by Greg on Mar 9, 2015


There have been many blog posts written about setting up a game emulator using the Raspberry Pi, however with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 and its amazing speed I wanted to see just how much better game play is on the latest board. This quick run through shows how I created my system so I could play some of my favorite classic games and how I got around the minor issues I encountered. What you will need is the equipment listed below, a game emulator along with game files (ROMs). Please note that you are not legally allowed to create a ROM (Digital Copy) of a game unless you own a physical copy of the game. I have limited myself to games that I personally own a copy for my demos.

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MCM Electronics at AFRL Maker Fest 2015!

Posted by Greg on Mar 4, 2015


The Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base is sponsoring a Maker Fest on Pi Day 3.14.15 9:26 and MCM Electronics will be in attendance! We will be in good company with representatives from FabSpace, Tinkr Tech, Dayton Linux Users Group, Wright State University and the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance also in attendance. [More]

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MCM Electronics Visit to Proto Build Bar

Posted by Greg on Feb 20, 2015



With the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B we thought it would be a great idea to visit a few local maker spaces and let them see it up close. Three of us from MCM Electronics (Jay, Christian & Greg) headed out to visit a totally original concept: a maker space and bar combined! Proto Build Bar is quite different than a typical maker space. First off, there is no monthly fee and the focus is on short term projects. [More]

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MCM Electronics Visit to FabSpace 3D Printing Meet Up

Posted by Greg on Feb 18, 2015



With the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B we thought it would be a great idea to visit a few local maker spaces and let them see it up close. Three of us from MCM Electronics (Bryan, Christian & Greg) headed out to visit the local Dayton Maker Space FabSpace who were having their monthly 3D Printing meetup on Thursday, February 5th. While the purpose of their meet up was 3D printing they were very excited to see the new Raspberry Pi and all of the other fun items we brought! [More]

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Raspberry Pi B+ Educators RoadTest Wrap Up!

Posted by Greg on Feb 16, 2015


The Raspberry Pi Educators RoadTest has now concluded and all of the blog posts are in from our contestants! We will now be deciding which one of our three entrants will win a 3D printer based on their project and posts!  

To find out more about our involvement in STEM and to join in the conversations please visit the element14 STEM Academy page

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MCM Electronics Visit to Dayton Diode Raspberry Pi Meetup

Posted by Greg on Feb 10, 2015


With the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B we thought it would be a great idea to visit a few local maker spaces and let them see it up close. Three of us from MCM Electronics (Bryan, Christian & Greg) headed out to visit the local Dayton Maker / Hacker space Dayton Diode who were having their weekly Raspberry Pi meetup on Thursday, February 5th. 
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