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Melting of plastic around negative springs Melted Boe-Bot Robot Battery Pack? Our behind-the-scenes research to find the source of this elusive problem

Parallax has sold well over a half-million Boe-Bots. It’s one of those products that we consider really mature - every manufacturing detail, documentation, component and source code example have evolved through feedback and testing. You can imagine how it felt to field a call from a high-volume distributor and a school principal who was having battery pack meltdowns in a summer robotics class. Parallax reputation aside, it’s just not the kind of first experience you’d want a young... More

“SciHigh” teacher Andrew Winstead “SciHigh” teacher Andrew Winstead inspires Physics II students with Robot Shield With Arduino Kits in the classroom!

Teacher Andrew Winstead of the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School recently implemented Parallax robots into his Physics II curriculum. We applaud his success!

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“My name is Andrew Winstead and I work at New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, otherwise known as "Sci High." I was hired in the fall of 2013 to teach Algebra II and Physics II. This is my 5th year in the classroom with... More

PAM-7Q GPS modules New U-Blox PAM-7Q GPS is a Complete Solution: We’ve consolidated our GPS selection into a single product!

You’ve probably seen them on Parallax and other web sites: GPS “comparison charts” and “buying guides”. This makes it really difficult to make a decision, not to mention the conclusions become dated as technology improves. Our goal with products like GPS modules is to stock the single model we find the most useful to the widest variety of customers. Putting our effort behind a single product means we can support it in the best possible way with documentation,... More

Propeller 1 Open Source Forums Thread A Week of Propeller 1 Open Source (and how what we expected to happen was different than what happened)

 A week ago Parallax made a release that some of our customers considered a surprising change for the business - we gave away the Verilog code that defines the Propeller 1 Multicore (the P8X32A). The release could potentially empower person or any company with enough financial resources to make a copy of our most valuable “intellectual property,” the first all-custom microcontroller Chip Gracey designed called Propeller 1.

What’s the relevance for most of us? The actual Verilog... More

Pick and place machine with UBER badges Propeller 1 on the DEFCON 22 Badges in Las Vegas!

Two years ago we shared a steak dinner in Washington D.C. with DEFCON’s founder, Jeff Moss and his contest leader, Ryan Clarke. At that meeting we agreed to design and manufacture DEFCON 20’s badge. Jeff put tremendous trust in Parallax for this project, which simply raised our internal motivation to get it done correctly. The only problem we envisioned at the time was the schedule - we we would start in May and the conference was scheduled for August! We did the project successfully... More

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