Posts by Manny Alvear

Manny Alvear

Manny Alvear

Manny is a Senior Technical Writer for RadioShack. His primary job is finding ways to help customers have better experiences with their RadioShack purchases. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and three daughters, with whom he loves to build RadioShack DIY projects.


Maker Monday: Project with littleBits and Arduino

Adding the littleBits Arduino at Heart module to my littleBits Korg Synth Kit has opened up some exciting project options. If you’re not familiar with Arduino microcontrollers, this is a great way to get your feet wet. I started off using the littleBits Synth Kit to play a few simple beats and patterns, but I’m not a […] Read more


Dual Channel Motor Driver Makes Moves

For many projects, especially robots, we want to add movement options. It’s pretty cool for a robot to follow a line, but it’s awesome if the robot waves at you while doing it! The RadioShack Dual Channel Motor Driver gives you a great way to control both the speed and direction of two separate motors, […] Read more


Light Detector Board and PIR Sensor are Your Project’s Eyes

When we want to build automated interactive projects, like a robot, musical alarm, or just something to scare our pets, it’s easy to get caught up in the OUTPUT (what our mad-scientist project DOES), but it’s just as important to think about the INPUT (what we want to trigger that output). For example, suppose I […] Read more

RadioShack LED Cube for Arduino Offers Fun Challenge

The new LED Cube from RadioShack offers intermediate DIY’ers a chance to step up their building skills. As my friend Gerald the engineer told me, “Building in 3D space is not for beginners.” As I built my cube, I realized how true his words were. This was my first attempt to build an object above the […] Read more