Mexico reporting: Don Ingeniero and his Anti-shield
I spent the day in Mexico City buying components for my forthcoming Euroaxacan workshop in electronics and software for craftsmen. I usually get here fairly cheap wheels for my robots, nice soundspeakers for building music instruments, wire -lots of wire-, great responsive buttons and some other stuff. I try to avoid LEDs, since they are more expensive than in Europe … those and the Arduino boards I bring from home. I usually get them at Electrokit, which is very close to my studio in Malmo.
The street where to find the electronics in Mexico is called Republica del Salvador. In about 100 meters you can find more or less everything you need: motors, potentiometers, wire, USB cables, breadboards, Atmega8L … but also, since two years ago there is Electronica Estudio, our only distributor in the city. I like passing by to visit to Don Ingeniero (Mr. Engineer) or how I like to call him. We usually speak for a while about the future of the platform, I get to see his designs and we plan for forthcoming events (beware, I will be making something during the Easter week at Electronica Estudio).
This time, Don Ingeniero flashed me with one of his biggest sales. He likes to call it the anti-escudo (Spanish for: anti-shield). It is a shield with 8 relays and 3 pin connectors for servo motors. He of course realized that a lot of people just want to hack their home appliances, so his local factory is making a lot of those anti-shields. The reason behind the name? That he decided to put the board upside down. Don thought I wouldn’t like it … the fact is that I loved it, yet another reason to show ToDo’s great design on the boards. You can see it is Arduino even from the back.
Next I will leave for Oaxaca to run a workshop at the Talleres Comunitarios de Zegache until February 22nd, 2012. If you are around the area and want to hang out, just drop me a line at d.cuartielles AT arduino DOT cc, or @dcuartielles on twitter.