In the streets of Akiba lined with electronic parts stores, "Assemblage" was born out of a desire to keep the spirit of creation alive. "Assemblage" is an electronic engineering space equipped with soldering tools, longnose pliers, nippers and other basic engineering tools. There are also trial electronic engineering and programming classes.
It's the flagship shop of “PCN(Programing Club Network),” the developer of the minuscule “BASIC” specialty PC kit “IchigoJam.” Using a soldering iron, if all goes smoothly, anyone can complete the kit in a little under an hour.
On some level, it seems the more you know about electronic engineering, the more amazing it is. It seems some American and German visitors even put it together on the spot while marveling how cool it is.
This time a BEACON staff member tried putting together the “IchigoJam” system himself.
To use the electronic engineering space: weekdays: ¥200/hour, weekends: ¥250/hour. If you make a purchase at one of the shops under the elevated tracks(Akihabara Radio center, First floor of Akihabara Denpa Kaikan, Kyushu Denki), the first 30 minutes is free.
When soldering, it's important to first heat each point individually.
Once you've soldered the resistors, condensers, and other parts to the board, your one of a kind computer is complete. Even on this small board(50×75mm), there's a video terminal, a specialized PS/2 keyboard USB connector (normal USB drives are not compatible), and an on/off switch. The time required is about 40 minutes. It includes an English manual, so overseas visitors don't need to worry.
The completed “IchigoJam” is connected to a monitor and keyboard. When a command is entered from the keyboard, it immediately displays its abilities by flashing LED lights and sounding a buzzer.
Soldering is easy, and, with the help of the manual, the kit is complete in about 40 minutes. Until now the inner workings of a PC were a mystery, but after putting together this kit I’ve become interested in the roles of each part, understood the wide possibilities of PCs and my interest in PCs has deepened.
If you pair it with other boards, the possibilities are endless.
With “BASIC”s program, robotic control is also possible.
Combined with an extension card, you can enjoy games with color output.
Decorative LED using UV resin and iron beads.
“Ichigo Jam Get Started Set U” kit using using a virtual keyboard.
“The basic language in `IchigoJam’ can be used by anyone for light purposes, so I think it would be great if foreign visitors tried it,” says the shop manager. The name “IchigoJam” comes from the fact that it’s produced more simply than competitor “Raspberry Pi”’s product.
- ADDRESS：1-14-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda city, Tokyo (Old：Akihabara Radio Store)
- HOURS OF OPERATION：From 10：00AM to 6：00PM