This isn’t your average startup. We’re more than just another eCommerce site. We aim to provide the most amazing and valuable commodity on the planet: Knowledge. Right now, we’ve been hard at work finding and assembling kits to teach everything from basic electronic component functions to micro-controller powered projects that teach you how specific functions operate, and how to use those as building blocks to power your own creations.
Our world has changed so much in the past decade with the mobile device revolution. But this technology is so wasted on social media and games that numb the mind, when the technology has fueled another revolution… the Maker revolution. This has seen fantastically smart and community-oriented people coming up with open-source projects like Arduino that’s given rise to more spin-offs than you can shake a stick at. Years past, the go-to micro-controller was expensive, limited, and difficult to find. We now have Arduino micro-controllers that are smaller than the palm of your hand, but can control everything from simple lights for cosplay to CNC machinery and robotics with straight forward code that in many cases already exists in massive online repositories. Then there are affordable Raspberry Pi computers on a single board designed to teach programming, but can also play games and media with minimal setup.
But there is just so much out there… where does anyone start? How do you get your feet wet? That’s where we come in. As a parent, youth leader, and general geek, I’ve searched for simple kits and come up empty. Sure, there are kits and projects out there. But they’re all missing something that I couldn’t put my finger on. Then it hit me when I got my daughter Snap Circuits Jr. for Christmas this year and started going through the projects with her. They go through each project and explain the operation of the components you’re using, and it’s fantastic! But the Arduino kits are just a collection of parts and sensors, maybe with a project or two. Sure, you can look up projects & download code, but you don’t learn that way.
So, I came up with the idea for Geeks Den. And with support & suggestions from friends and family, the concept was born!
That being said… Off we go!