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With the rise of consumer technology, we’ve gotten used to a certain level of comfort with computers. We carry them in our pockets and flick them out when we need to Google something. But mostly, we use computers in ways that companies want us to use them.
Believe it or not, a computer is not a static device made to use for one thing. In fact, with a little bit of learning, we can all make computers that suit our needs. Hobbyists and tinkerers have known this for a long time. Now, with ThingBits, making your own cool gadget is a few clicks away.
ThingBits is a new Indian store that sells computing components and accessories. If you’re not a tech hobbyist, that may immediately sound boring. But we promise you that it’s not. Once you realize what you can do with these tools, a whole new world will open up for you.
Learning how to make a gadget quickly changes the way you see the world. It becomes a part of our toolkit that we use to solve problems we encounter. With ThingBits’ DIY tools, you can get creative and also save a lot of money.
Get A Mini-Computer on ThingBits for Under Rs. 1000
When it first came out, the Raspberry Pi was a sensation in the world of hobbyists and tinkerers. It was a cheap, small computer they could use to make cool things. People got innovative and used the Pi in a variety of things, from remote-controlled drones to smart TVs.
ThingBits sells the basic model of the Raspberry Pi at a mere Rs. 649, offering all that computing goodness for the price of a pair of earphones. The list of what you can do with the Pi is endless. You will need to invest some time in learning how to configure the board. Once you’re set, though, you can unleash your creativity using the Raspberry Pi.
When you learn about the Pi, you will realize that add-on accessories help it reach its true potential. The great thing about ThingBits is the range of components it has. Whether you’re looking to add a camera or a location sensor, you can do it all.
For an e-commerce store, our little disappointment was that ThingBits often had listings that were out of stock. But ThingBits easily makes up for what it doesn’t have with what it has. On the site, you can easily find components to make a mini-computer at the price of a few cappuccinos. Isn’t that amazing?
How About A Dedicated Zoom Station?
A lot of us have old monitors or television sets that we don’t use anymore. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could convert that into a more usable display? With a few things from ThingBits, you can easily make good use of your useless displays.
A Raspberry Pi is not a fully decked-out computer, but it is still great for single-purpose use. You can easily configure the Raspberry Pi to run Zoom or Google Meet. All you have to do then is attach it to your display, and add a camera extension, and you’re set. You have your own display dedicated to video calls.
The great thing about this idea is that you can simultaneously be on a Zoom meeting and access important documents on your computer. Having two displays makes life a lot easier that way. Or you could even leave that display on with Google Calendar, having a permanent view of what’s next in your calendar!
Here, we are just scratching the surface with what you can do using ThingBits. There are so many more innovative solutions hobbyists have come up with. By making computers and components available to everyone, they’ve made it super easy to get creative with technology.
Explore the World of DIY Remote-Controlled Toys
If you’re anything like us, you loved remote-controlled cars, boats, helicopters, and everything else as a child. Even as an adult, there is just something about controlling your own robot that stays just as fun. But let’s take it up a notch, shall we? With ThingBits, you can build your own remote-controlled car with custom wheels and power. It’s time to design your dream toy.
You will need a few things to build a remote control car, all of which are easily available on ThingBits. You will need a DC motor, a couple of wheels and a module to connect the remote signals to the motor. You can order them all on ThingBits, and make your own car in no time. Instructables has a great article that takes you step-by-step through building a RC car.
The cool thing about building your own car is the freedom to customize it. If you need it to be faster, all you need to do is upgrade the motor and you’re set. You can use cardboards to give it interesting designs as well. For kids, it makes for a great learning experience.
With ThingBits, you don’t need to stop at RC cars either. There is a whole range of things to build using the components it makes available. For example, you can install a bluetooth module to your robot and control it with your phone. Any child, or even adult to be honest, will be stoked about the options. The process is also great at generating curiosity about STEM fields in children.
Make Your Own DIY Smart Home
How many times have you been unable to follow through a tutorial because you don’t have the parts they use? With ThingBits, you shouldn’t have that problem anymore. You know what this means, right? We’re going to make our lights and switches a little smarter.
We love being able to control our lights and fans using our phone. Now, there is the boring (and expensive) option of just buying a smart light and being done with it. But on ThingBits, you could easily get a WiFi receiver, connect it to a relay and make your own smart home! That’s the more fun way to do it.
Take a second to think about the possibilities here. We assure you that they are endless. One idea we love is to connect a relay to the switch that controls your motor pump. Wherever you are, you can make sure your water tanker is filled to the brim in a few clicks. There are endless such ways to make your home smarter using components from ThingBits.
ThingBits is on its way to becoming the one-stop store for all your hardware needs. It has listings for a huge variety of products that a hobbyist will find useful.
Get Curious and Creative with ThingBits
We have divided the world into the techies and the noobs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Ever since there have been modules and chips and jumper wires, technology has been used for creative problem-solving and more importantly, to have a bit of fun.
With all components now available at the click of a button on ThingBits, it’s a great time to rekindle your curiosity in technology. Whether you’re a tech hobbyist or are just looking to nurture a new hobby, ThingBits is a great place to fulfill all your nerdy tech needs.