ActivityBot: A History ActivityBot: A History

For as long as I’ve been at Parallax, we’ve been thinking about the perfect Propeller robot for education. We wanted to take full advantage of the Propeller’s multicore architecture while still providing affordable hardware.

With the release of PropGCC, and the development of the Propeller C learning system, we knew we could provide teachers with a simplified version of C that would help their students prepare for college. However, we found ourselves at a pivotal crossroads: DC... More

Ventilation system in our laser cutter room. See Our Propeller Controlled Ventilation System

At Parallax we try to incorporate our products into many of our manufacturing processes. We often create custom testing jigs for our products using our own development boards. Another example of using our own products in-house is our Laser Room Ventilation Control System.

We have two industrial laser cutters - one has a 24 x 36" bed, while the other is a 36 x 48" monster.  We use both to cut many different products and kit parts, such as our ELEV-8 landing gear.Laser cutters produce... More

ETNZ's AC72, NZL5 runs drills prior to meeting Oracle Racing in the America's Cup. Copyright Chris Cameron 2013. Propeller Chips onboard America's Cup Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand

The America's Cup, the oldest trophy in the sporting world, is the pinnacle of achievement in the competitive sailing world. After a dominant performance in the Louis Vuitton Cup against the Italian team Luna Rossa, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) earned its place as this year's America's Cup Challenger. Racing against America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA, started this past weekend in the San Francisco Bay. ETNZ quickly showed they were a force to be reckoned with by taking the first 3... More

Our book length tutorials can be found at Parallax Launches Multicore Robot & Throws out the Book?

Or did we? As you may have noticed, we launched our brand new multicore ActivityBot Robot for hobby and education yesterday. Unlike our other robotics kits this one doesn’t come with a printed book. As a company that is known for its hugely popular self-guided electronics textbooks and thorough documentation, this may seem like a big departure.

So, why no book? We felt that supplying the same outstanding resources online at our... More

r00tz Asylum attendee working at one of the soldering stations we manned. Helping out with r00tz Asylum at DEFCON 21

At the beginning of August, Jessica and I made our second trip back to DEFCON. You may recall that last year Parallax manufactured 16,000 electronic badges for the conference. This year, we supported the r00tz Asylum (formerly known as DEFCON Kids) custom badges. r00tz Asylum is an organization geared... More