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The first time I saw a Thing-a-ma Kit in person was at the Bent Festival in NYC. Ever since then I have wanted to build one for myself. That was about a year ago, and I finally have the opportunity to put one together. I was surprised at how many parts there are in the kit. Another nice surprise was the discovery that the 2 coiled up antennae are readymade.

Make, mod, hack, and bend your own analog noise monster! The Thing-a-ma Kit is a DIY analog synthesizer that you control in a different way. The amount of light falling on its photocell eyes change the pitch and modulation, allowing to you use it LEDacles, or any changing light source, to created audio madness! If none are in stock, take note, more are on the way!

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I really like the quality of the components. The switches, potentiometers, and knobs are all really nice. The project box is really heavy-duty too!

Features:

  • Two ready to blink LEDacles : Random square wave and Triangle wave with shape and speed control.

  • Second photocell patchable to modulator and LEDacle rate.
  • Square and Triangle wave output.
  • Detailed instructions including info on modifications.
  • Fully labeled components.
  • Simply circuit board with minimal hand wiring.
  • Control panel and face stickers.
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You can pick up a Thing-a-ma Kit in the Maker Shed. I’ll be making mine over the weekend and I’ll post a video when I’m done. See you next week. Beep, bop, beep-beep.

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Andy Tanguay says:

    I put one of these together last year and it is really a lot of fun. The finished product has a great chunk feel to it with big metal switched and knobs, and the die cast metal case really makes it a brick.

    My girlfriend hates the noises that it makes, but I think they’re great. Maybe it’s because I’m in control of it.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      I was impressed by the weight/heft of the enclosure. Now all I have to do is figure out how I am going to finish it. I like the look of the raw materials, but I am thinking of customizing it a bit.

  2. terry says:

    i have one it is wild
    their is no end to what you can do with this
    try pointing the sensors at the tv , or out side on a day when the clouds are moving fast and its going from full sun to cloudy sun
    or at nite when the cars drive by

    its way to cool
    get one ..have a ball
    terry

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      I like the idea of pointing it at the clouds, and the headlights of cars. I am going to have to try that once I make mine. Thanks!

  3. chris says:

    Is there a possibility to get a circuit description and the list of used parts for thingamakit? I cannot afford it in europe.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      Yep! Google thing a ma kit. The schematics are available.