Building a chaotic oscillator from common components

cpldcpu writes: A chaotic oscillator is an electronic circuit that can exhibit “chaotic“, nonperiodic behavior. A commonly cited example is Chua’s circuit, but there are many others. I always regarded these as carefully designed, rather academic, examples. So I was a bit surprised to observe apparently chaotic behavior in a completely unrelated experiment. See the […]

Cloning a 6502 Apple-1 in just 930 logic gates

Turning 930 logic gates into a working 6502 Apple-1 clone: Two years ago, the Gigatron arrived on the retrocomputing scene. It needs just 930 logic gates (packed into 33 standard 7400-series ICs) to create a computer that beat ‘complex’ 1980s home computers like the VIC-20 in terms of both CPU power and graphics. Without microprocessor, […]

Sinilink WIFI-USB mobile remote controller

Peter Scargill blogged about his AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB controller project: So here’s a thing – I had this all set up and working perfectly with Tasmota on my WiFi – then plugged the unit (USB male end) into a USB3 connector – and it immediately lost the lot – well, the settings, not Tasmota […]

Internet connected fire/smoke alarm project

Martin Harizanov blogged about his cheap DIY IoT smoke detector: This project is an upgrade to a previous project of mine – the DIY IoT smoke alarm. It is a more advanced version that uses dedicated hardware rather than the generic “Funky” project + external components. In essence, the module integrates into cheap smoke detectors […]

DIY wireless temp/humid/pressure sensors for measuring vacuum sealed 3D printed filament containers

Scott M. Baker writes: I made some wireless sensors, using BME280 temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors, together with SYN115 transmitter modules. I used these to verify the storage of vacuum sealed “PrintDry” 3D filament storage containers. See the full post on his Scott M. Baker blog. Check out the video after the break.

Semiconductor radioactivity detector – part 2

Robert Gawron has been working on a radioactivity detector, that is available on GitHub: There are many ways to measure radioactivity level, semiconductor detectors sense interactions between ionizing radiation and p-n junction. Because in hobbyist area most popular are Geiger-Muller based detectors (in short: not a semiconductor but lamp based devices), I think it’s a […]

Making an e-Paper Etch-a-Sketch

Scott Baker has been working on making an Etch-a-Sketch using modern e-Paper displays and optical encoders: Above you can see my prototype. I’m using a 4.2″ e-Paper display from Gooddisplay, together with the Waveshare breakout board. I have a couple of ENS1J-B28-R00128 optical encoders that I attained on eBay. I specifically chose these encoders instead […]

Atari 5200 Playstation 2 dual-shock controller adapter

Dr. Scott Baker has developed an adapter that allows you to use Playstation 2 analog controllers on an Atari 5200, that is available on gitHub: This adapter allows you to use a PS2 controller on an Atari 5200 gaming console. The 5200 was notable at the time for its use of analog joysticks, but the […]

A software only solution to the vexing Beagle Bone Black PHY issue

Josh Levine has a nice write-up about a software only workaround for the Beagle Bone Black PHY issue: Sometimes the Ethernet port on a Beagle Bone Black does not work on power up. It takes either a physical reset button press or a power cycle to fix it. This problem affects all BBB’s and until […]