Ryan writes in –

Yesterday, I took my 15 minute break from work to run to the nearby RadioShack. I was (and still am) in need of wire-wrap sockets. I did not manage to find the sockets, but I did notice something new. For one, it seems the shack has revived the 1001 projects in one type kits, which is great since their focus has long drifted from Education (Remember Forrest Mimms?) to selling batteries and cellphones. Even more interesting; they now sell Parallax modules! I opened the IC drawer to find an ultrasonic range finder, digital light detector, and IR receiver. All of the modles made sure to mention that these products “Easily interface with most microcontrollers.” I don’t know if this is a new thing nationwide, but it certainly is in Western MA.

Editor’s note: Radioshack is a sponsor of the MAKE weekend projects.

  • mateo

    they are in the radio shack in sammamaish, wa too.

  • Steve K.

    They have had the kits in our local (South Dakota) Radio Shack for several years now. I never bought one because I thought they were always too expensive… maybe they have come down in price.

  • Cam

    Western MA? I’m in Eastern MA! Maybe I’ll head down to radio shack this afternoon and check it out, see if we got them too. I’d seen one or two parallax kits there before, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t have sensors & whatnots like this last time I checked.

  • morehpperliter

    What few stores are left in Ohio have the parallax goodies too!

  • RocketGuy

    I noted that the local RF Hovel also has them. I wasn’t too thrilled about the pricing, but if you need something right now, there you go.

    I grew up on the 150-in-1 electronics kit, I remember sticking wires into springs for hours.

    I also took courses at the local science museum, which may have imparted more direct knowledge, but it was still a good interest builder to have something that I could turn into lots of different things just by moving the wires around.

  • Matt

    I live in Eastern MA, and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen Radio Shack carry anything like this. Oh, they still have the odd IC or assortment of resistors deep in the back of the store, but if one walks up to the counter with those things without buying a cellphone or A/V cables one gets the serious suspicious looks from the staff. “Working on those bomb triggers again are you?” I imagine them to be thinking.

  • NiñoScript

    We need a Radioshack here in Chile too!! :'(

  • Pavel

    but, does your sponsor Radioshack thinking about comming to east Europe?

  • Kris Rolek

    This is a nationwide deal. A few months ago it was posted some where online. However if you compare the prices to Parallax’s Web site there is a slight mark up. It ranges from 2 to 10 dollars.