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Graham Bell
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Just to Relax: Kinetic Light Newton's Cradle
Graham Bell   11/27/2013 1:31:13 PM
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For just relaxing, I think this Kinetic Light Newton's Cradle  from ThinkGeek is a pretty cool gift:

Kinetic Light Newton's Cradle

Susan Rambo
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Re: Just to Relax: Kinetic Light Newton's Cradle
Susan Rambo   11/27/2013 1:40:51 PM
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LOL. Thanks. I agree, that the Kinetic Newton's Cradle is a mesmerizingly good gift.  I might put that one on my shopping list. Thanks for the good idea.

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A quadropter or DIY drone kit
junko.yoshida   11/27/2013 3:13:49 PM
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Wow, this is a pretty cool list, Susan. Thanks. I am no engineer, but the quadropter drone kit does look like fun!

 

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Re: Just to Relax: Kinetic Light Newton's Cradle
junko.yoshida   11/27/2013 3:14:39 PM
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On my deadline day, yes, I can use this.

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I am going to have to sulk until I get one
Crusty1   11/29/2013 8:03:41 AM
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@Susan: You have now caused a lot of marital strife at Crusty Mansion.

It took only one look at that darling LabTool USB instrument, for me to fall in love with yet another technical toy.

Well after crying did not have much effect on getting a promise of it for Christmas. A good long sulk followed by redecoration of the master bedroom did change the attitude that this could be his present this year.

However Mrs Crusty had a wicked gleam in here eye when she informed me that I would have to wait for this toy until after Christmas, as it is now OUT OF STOCK.

Best of the festive to you all from Crusty.

 

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Re: Just to Relax: Kinetic Light Newton's Cradle
Caleb Kraft   11/29/2013 9:48:27 AM
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I want this! I have no use for it whatsoever, but who does?

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so many toys!
Caleb Kraft   11/29/2013 9:49:33 AM
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So many great toys here. I really want the DIY drone and the robotic hand.

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Re: I am going to have to sulk until I get one
David Ashton   11/29/2013 5:56:14 PM
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@Crusty I sympathise....don'cha hate it when your preferred xmas gift is out of stock?

Have you had a look at the Digilent Analog Discovery?  2-channel 5 MHz scope, signal genny and 16-channel logic analyser in one USB box for US$219.   You can get it cheaper if you are a student   (I am doing a course at the moment and am trying to organise that).

http://www.digilentinc.com/Products/Detail.cfm?Prod=ANALOG-DISCOVERY

I do have the National Instruments MyDAQ - a very poor relation - 20 KHZ Scope and only 8 digital lines - but it also has a DMM:

http://www.ni.com/pdf/manuals/373060e.pdf

Gabotronics also offer some very tasy goodies which you can build into (eg) a breadboard box.  Also only 8 logic lines though, and 200K b/w, but they are very compact and have their own LCD screen (the two above need a PC):

http://www.gabotronics.com/

My choice would be the Analog Discovery - good specs for the price, even if you don't get the student discount.

 

 

MeasurementBlues
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What about a $200 oscilloscope?
MeasurementBlues   11/29/2013 11:12:05 PM
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See Ken Wyatt's review of oscilloscopes for under $200.

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None of the above
MeasurementBlues   11/29/2013 11:18:38 PM
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Well, Thanksgiving as come and gone, but Hanukah goes on. I might buy a used laptop because I want Windows 7, not Windows 8.

 

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