August 15, 2011 AT 12:45 pm

Heathkit is back in kit business

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They’re back! – http://www.heathkit.com/.

By popular demand, Heathkit is bringing back the kit building tradition.  Successfully building your own products provides a sense of pride and accomplishment, not realized by simply buying something off the shelf.

In late August, Heathkit will debut their new line of Do-it-Yourself kits for common around-the-house items.  The first kit will be a Garage Parking Assistant (GPA).  The Garage Parking assistant kit lets you build your own system that uses ultrasonic sound waves to locate your car as it enters the garage.  The system signals to the driver using LED lights mounted on the wall when the car is detected and in the perfect spot for parking.
 
The GPA-100 kit consists of two primary assemblies – The LED Display in kit form and the pre-assembled ultrasonic range module.  the kit will include everything you need to complete the project except a soldering iron and hand tools.
 
Next on the market will be a Wireless Swimming Pool Monitor kit followed by many more.  Heathkit wants to continue to bring to its customers interesting, unique Heathkit products.  Heathkit is interested in learning what types of products kit builders would like to build.  Kit builders can submit their suggestions through this website using the Contact Us email.

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6 Comments

  1. I’m having a hard time finding a link for these guys, do they have a site up?

  2. I saw this over the weekend and had to check to see if it was April 1. I think this is a great thing.

    http://www.heathkit.com/

    Heathkit has a long, long history, starting in 1926 with airplane kits and parts. They abandoned kits in 1991.

    Post-1991, they focused on educational courses, which to be sure, included some test gear and ‘trainer’ type devices. But no general availability kits.

    It’s a good sign.

    Mike Y
    Dallas, Texas

  3. A garage parking assistant? For people too clueless to know where the corners of their car are? I wish the company well but I hope they produce something a little more intelligent.

  4. Michael M. Butler

    Joe, the link’s immediately after the top text in the post, "They’re back! –" http://www.heathkit.com

  5. Michael M. Butler

    Roy, if you are trying to back into a tight garage space, knowing when to stop is a good thing. Now, the fact that there’s a time-honored non-electronic way of accomplishing that — a tennis ball on a rope, positioned to bump into your rear glass — that’s a separate matter. ;)

  6. I think this is aw some. I hope they also do some “HAM” kits too.

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