3D printed stirling engine gas burner and flywheel

The 3D printed Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and heavier flywheel from Do It Yourself Gadgets: Take a look at my upgraded Stirling Engine with its new gas burner and flywheel! If you take a look at my previous post you’ll see how I built a 3D printed holder for my Stirling Engine […]

TRL measurements with homemade VNA and open source software

Henrik Forstén writes: I have been using the OSH Park’s 4 layer process a lot on my own projects. It has FR408 substrate that has better controlled permittivity and lower losses than ordinary FR-4 that other low cost PCB manufacturers use. In my opinion currently it is the best low cost process for making RF PCBs. […]

Presenting the single ESC key USB keyboard

  Glen Akins shares his latest build the single ESC key USB keyboard: After building the “awesomely impractical” giant three-key keyboard, I decided it was time to build something a bit more practical—presenting the single ESC key USB keyboard! This keyboard has exactly one function which is to provide an optimal ESCing experience regardless of whatever […]

SI5351 VFO project

Dave Richards (a.k.a. AA7EE) has a nice write-up about building another Si5351 VFO project: To many, this will be just another Si5351 VFO project, with nothing to distinguish it from the others. In fact, that’s exactly what it is. The “how to” of connecting an Arduino board to an Si5351 board, wiring up a display, […]

Rombus pinball – a LattePanda mini pinball machine

Matt Brailsford (aka Circuitbeard) has a nice write-up about building his mini pinball machine with a lattepanda core running dual monitors: I generally start my projects by thinking about the hardware that I’m going to want to use as I’ll need to know sizes when it comes to the design phase. My first thought was to […]

Nickelbot – wooden nickel laser engraver

bdring posted an update on NickelBot project we covered previously: The NickelBot is complete and it works great. The goal of the project was to create an easily portable machine that creates low cost items that could be given away at events like Maker Faires. I think it has completely achieved that goal. The nickels are […]

Using DC motors to power computers

Electric generator experiment from HomoFaciens: The generators I am using are in fact geared DC motors, left over from a project with my sponsor RS Components. The modern abacuses being powered during my experiments are a Raspberry Pi Model, a SIMATIC IOT2020 and an Arduino Uno. A 2×16 characters LCD is used to display results. […]

Attiny wearable

Attiny wearable project from Facelesstech: It’s a foundation for a wearable platform. It’s a Nato watch strap threaded through a PCB with a coin cell battery holder between the PCB and the strap. I’m using a Attiny85 this time around but could be used for most chips/dev boards. This is a proof of concept to […]

A web configurable ThingSpeak logger, build on AVR ATmega328

Davide Gironi posted an update on Xively logger project we covered previously: This embedded platform is a modular and configurable ThingSpeak data logger, built on an ATmega328 micro, usefull to send datapoints to your ThingSpeak feed. This project is an update to the Xively logger presented here See the full post on his blog here.