George asks how thick PCB traces should be for driving a 120A solenoid: I’m doing a board design to power a solenoid that apparently draws 120 amps, but it’s only on for about 300 ms (I imagine it has some kind of “inverse curve” looking decrease with time, I haven’t thought about it too much). […]
Eric, the designer of the VideoOverlayShield now on sale at Seeed sent us this mail. Just wanted to write and say thanks for all the work you do at Dangerous Prototypes you and your team have been a big inspiration to me. Read about his project manufacturing at Seeed experience below.
Tokyo HackerSpace are moving to a new place. To support this move they teamed up with Safecast to offer the Chumby HackerBoard at ~$63, which is %30 off the normal price. The Chumby HackerBoard is a single board Linux computer, with a 454 MHz ARM processor, and 64 MB of memory. Tokyo HackerSpace in conjunction […]
In a previous post we wrote about Kiran’s review of Altera’s SignalTapII logic analyzer simulator for FPGAs. Jason let us know that Altera provides many free online courses for their tools, and one of them is for the SignalTapII. The course covers the following: Add one or more instances of the SignalTap II logic analyzer […]
“THE 6502” is a documentary series by Jason Scott about the MOS Technology 6502 chip, the circumstances that lead to it and the experiences of assembly language programming. Funded in 2011, the project is expected to go for several years of production, interviewing dozens of figures related to this subject. Those familiar with machine language, […]
You bought it. You own it. Tell the Copyright Office: let me install whatever software I want on my phone, tablet, or video game system. bunnie Huang, author of Hacking the Xbox, is standing with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to defend users’ right to jailbreak. Will you sign on to bunnie’s letter to show the […]
Ulf writes: I just read that OpenCores is planing to create an OpenRISC ASIC and asks the community for donations. I think the idea to create a RISC-Microprocessor under LGPL with the help of community funding is quite exiting. Via the contact form.
arhi writes: I have some old (very old) KONTRON DMM 3002 bench top digital multimeter… there is a button on the thing that I have no clue what it does… So if you look at the pic, the button in question is the pressed one, or if not clear which one is pressed, the one […]
The National Institute of Standards and Technology accumulates hundreds of odd scientific and technical items each year, often without knowing their exact name or purpose. They have posted photos of various vintage items, and their tentative title in an effort to identify them. In coming months, NIST will add hundreds more mystery tools to those […]
Seeed Studio is asking for help creating an open source radiation sensor, to help in the wake of the Japanese Tsunami earthquake. Can open hardware community do something to help in this? Seeed Studio is now sourcing sensors, then assemble quick measurement tools, ship as many/fast as possible to Japan. Since we have no previous […]
Thanks! um, get some sleep… Via the contact form.
We’ll be here on Turkey Day to answer your questions in the forum. Seeed Studio will be taking orders and shipping. (We can’t claim credit for that)
EPROMs are old-school data storage chips with a little window that exposes the silicon inside. Once these chips are programmed, they can only be erased by shining ultraviolet light through the window. The EPROM help page is a guide to identifying and working with these devices. It also covers more modern programmable memory like EEPROM, […]
A new documentation wiki has replaced the old project manual pages. A bunch of stuff has already been moved and formatted for the wiki. The wiki is open for public editing. We could use your help moving and updating guides, and adding important details from the blog comments. If you move something from the blog […]
We’re looking for a C programmer who can add serial port output to usbpicprog. It’s all that stands in the way of bringing PIC 12F/16F/18F/ds30 programming to the Bus Pirate*. usbpicprog is an open source multi-platform programmer that uses wxWidgets toolkit and libusb. It currently sends byte commands to a USB HID driver. Your goal, […]