Tour of Adafruit, the hardware hacker's 'candy store' - and more (photos)

Tour of Adafruit, the hardware hacker's 'candy store' - and more (photos)

Summary: ZDNet recently got a personal tour of Adafruit's New York headquarters where you'll find everything from DIY electronic kits to jewelry to a make-it-yourself sous-vide.

TOPICS: Security, Hardware

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  • Adafruit Industries is famous for their web show Ask An Engineer, pioneering consumer-level DIY Arduino kits, hacking the Kinect, creating wearable iNecklace and iCufflink jewelry - and much more. ZDNet recently got a personal tour of Adafruit's New York headquarters where oodles of electronics kits are shipped to makers all over the world. At the hardware hacker's "candy store" it's now time for back to school orders, and Adafruit was operating at top volume, and we got an exclusive look at Limor Freid's new kit just for home food hackers: a make-it-yourself sous-vide. Visit the gallery for highlights of our behind-the-scenes tour.

    Entrance of Adafruit Industries with a poster of the founder, Limor "Ladyada" Fried from a 2011 WIRED cover.

    Photo credits: Violet Blue

  • One of the most popular assembled electronic products from Adafruit, the open-source hardware project  "FTDI friend" that easily programs many devices - Adafruit makes thousands of these per month in the NYC factory.

Topics: Security, Hardware

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  • candy

    well yes.. candy. Very pretty and useful candy! But we need a little meat and potatoes as well so lets not forget the old brick and mortar places with the big iron and the non-programmable sorts of hardware. Maybe a little sparkfun scopeclock for dessert would be good as well!

    For a few years I have toured the country on road trips seeking out obscure and less-known surplus establishments. Naturally brick and mortar types. In each one, I have found something special, and whether I purchased it or not didn't matter, it was the discovering. I'd encourage the writer of this column to undertake a similar pilgrimage. Just be sure to take a pickup truck or an enclosed trailer.. I didn't need the huge 1930's navy radio transmitter at Mock's but you might. Its been a while since I looked at the online Adafruit store, thanks for bringing it up!