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Erik is the Social and Multi-Media Manager at Mouser Electronics. When he’s not tweeting about what’s next in the world of engineering for @MouserElec or uploading videos to YouTube, he can typically be found nose-down in a good Sci-Fi book. You can see what he’s up to on Twitter: @ErikSmith80


Meet SOIC & SOT, Your Children’s New Best Friends Erik Smith
SOIC & SOT – the Microchips by author/engineer Jeffery C. Dunnihoo and illustrator Simona M. Ceccarelli, anthropomorphizes its electronic component heroes, taking young readers on a journey from warehouse to board and showing how components communicate to bring devices to life.

HUGE Bot Smashes Competitors Erik Smith
BattleBots is back, and one team has made a HUGE impact using a unique design. Sponsored by Mouser Electronics, Team HUGE is currently undefeated, with angry-robot-eyes set on the prize! We interviewed the team to learn about HUGE’s design, then added a miniature HUGE papercraft for you to build.

Lexus Builds Hoverboard Because Hoverboard Erik Smith
People seem to just want to keep toying with my hoverboard-yearning heart. After Funny or Die's almost convincing, but ultimate hoax, and Hendo Hover's exorbitantly priced Kickstarter campaign, Lexus is now in on the hover-game. Earlier today, the luxury car manufacturer released a teaser video, claiming to have created a "real, rideable hoverboard."

The 15-Minute Life of a Mouser Order Erik Smith
Life is a marvelous cycle. Starting from birth, a new order must travel through various rites and stages before it can reach its full potential. So many incredible innovations around the world, and in your own home, began as a humble Mouser order. Let’s now take a look at an order that is starting its life right now.

New Bud Light Super Bowl Commercial Brings Pac-Man to Life with Tech! Erik Smith
This Sunday when you're watching the big game, you may be reminded of another retro game. Bud Light has released a preview from their #UpForWhatever campaign that features the largest Pac-Man game ever built! But the classic maze and multicolored ghosts aren't the only thing that's familiar to us, some of the hardware utilized comes from our manufacturer partners!

Going Griswold for the Holidays Erik Smith
If National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has taught me anything, it’s to not hold back on my insane desire to light up the house one Christmas, regardless of how many lumens get blasted into the neighborhood. A “Griswold” display used to be placing as many lights as your fuses could handle onto your house. As of late, it’s become more creative. A LOT more creative.

Great Scott! Get a Hoverboard on Kickstarter for $10,000 Erik Smith
Working hoverboards have been the subject of many hoaxes for the last few decades; Back to the Future series' director Robert Zemeckis claimed that hoverboards had existed for years, only to be banned by parents groups, to Funny of Die's elaborate and almost convincing prank earlier this year. But now, thanks to Hendo Hover's Kickstarter campaign, this long sought after technology can be in your hands... for $10,000.

Workbench for the Road: Mouser and LEMO at Le Mans 2014 Erik Smith
For those who don’t know, “24 Hours at Le Mans” is the oldest active sports car race in endurance racing. Think of it as the ultimate test lab for advanced technology. And there’s no trick to that name, this year’s race starts June 14th, 15:00 CEST (9:00am EST / 8:00am CST) and ends 15:00 CEST on June 15th. Driver, Crew and vehicle need to be at the top of their game to compete in this grueling test of racing and engineering.

Tesla Motors Embraces Open Source Philosophy Erik Smith
Elon Musk and Tesla Motors made a HUGE announcement today, stating in a blog post that they "will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."

FIRST: More Than Meets The Eye Erik Smith
The first robots I recall ever interacting with when I was young were Transformers. I suppose, if you were being REALLY generous, you could refer to them as semi-educational toys since each was a mini-puzzle that only kids younger than 13 could figure out. In fact, if I were this clever at 8-years-old, I might have convinced my parents to want to buy me more. But then, all I would have to show for it would be a box full of forgotten plastic robots that transformed into cars I could now sell on eBay. But there was a different group of transforming robots that I wish I had discovered in my high school days. Instead of buying them, you built them with a group of your peers. Instead of transforming into cars, they would transform your life.

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