Erich shared detailed instructions of how to build the MetaClockClock project, a set of individual analog ‘clocks’: The ‘MetaClockClock’ project is using multiple small dual-shaft stepper motors which are usually used in instrumentation clusters. In this project multiple such motors are interconnected on a RS-485 bus and can be controlled by a master to display […]
Kwong explained the operation principle of an YIG tuned oscillator and demonstrated the tuning characteristics: I was going through some of the components I accumulated over the years and stumbled upon a Hewlett Packard YIG tuned oscillator (part number 5086-7023) that I bought a while back. This YIG oscillator was made for a frequency extension […]
Using an old computer ATX power supply as a high-performance workbench power supply @ DroneBot Workshop: A Bench Power Supply is an essential component for any serious electronics experimenter. But a good supply with multiple output voltages and a high current capability can set you back some serious cash. In this article we’ll look at […]
Sebastian writes: I’ve been wanting to control my camera switching from my modular synth. So I made a setup where a low to high transition on a digital input on an ESP8266 module generates an OSC message on the WiFi network for the ATEM Mini Pro switcher to change cameras. Here, it’s triggered from the […]
Steve blogged about his 12V DC MagSafe charger built: Now that I have a solar-powered 12V battery, how can I charge my laptop from it? An inverter would seem absurdly inefficient, converting from 12V DC to 110V AC just so I can connect my Apple charger and convert back to DC. It would work, but […]
Ben Eater built a programmable 8-bit computer from scratch on breadboards using only simple logic gates and documented the whole process on his blog: Check out the video after the break.
The Cassette Pi IoT scroller project @ kyliemander.com The Cassette Pi is a self-contained real-time notification scroller, all housed neatly inside a transparent cassette tape. A Raspberry Pi Zero is sandwiched between the two tape reels, retrieving Internet of Things notifications from the fabulous IFTTT service, delivered almost instantly to the Pi via an Adafruit.IO […]
Kerry Wong shows how to make a simple solar trickle charger: On a few occasions my car struggled to start when I returned from my business trip and I had to charge the battery manually later on by hooking up a charger, which was quite inconvenient. So I decided to make a simple solar trickle […]
Glen Akins writes: This project uses an Adafruit Feather M0 Basic Proto board to control a group of Color Kinetics or other RGB light fixtures using the DMX-512 protocol. We’ll build a DMX-512 interface FeatherWing then connect it to the Feather M0 using a Particle Ethernet FeatherWing. Once the hardware is built and assembled, we’ll […]
Jithin @ rootsaid.com has written an article on how to make a simple PIR burglar alarm using Digispark.
Luigi Freitas (PU2SPY) writes: In this blog post, I will explain how I managed to get a GNSS multi-constellation monitor called Galmon working on my LimeNET Micro. The Galmon project is a crowdsourcing tool developed by @PowerDNS_Bert to monitor the health status of GNSS constellations including the GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and more notably Galileo. The […]
Mike Diamond @ whatimade.today has written an article on how to make a low cost digital radio with an old ESP8266 and a VS1053 decoder. See the full post at whatimade.today.
Erich Styger has written an article on how to use an inexpensive FTDI evaluation board as JTAG debug interface to debug ESP32 based devices: In “Eclipse JTAG Debugging the ESP32 with a SEGGER J-Link” I used a SEGGER J-Link to debug an ESP32 device with JTAG. I looked at using one of the FTDI FT2232HL […]
Erich Styger shared the steps how to use Eclipse with CMake: The current Espressif documentation integrating with Eclipse are kind of broken and did not work for me (they are changing from make files to use CMake). The good news is that I have found a way to easily integrate the IDF with Eclipse which […]
Albert David writes, “This blog explains how to use ESP-12F module without the need of a base board but with minimal set of components.” See the full post on his blog.
Shawon Shahryiar over at Embedded Lab shared a how-to on making a SPL dB meter: Sound needs a medium for propagation or travel. It can’t travel in vacuum. Normally air is that medium but sound can also propagate in liquids and other states of matter. I am not going to lecture on how sound travels […]
The classic 555 timer on a breadboard: Here, I will show how you can make your own version of the 555 timer using just NAND gates, opamps , a transistor and a few resistors! Now, you may think what is the purpose of building this when you can buy the IC at very cheap rates. […]
Debra over at Geek Mom Projects posted detailed instructions of how to build this edge-lit seven segment clocks: This build combines small dozens of small laser-cut acrylic pieces which fit together with very tight tolerances. It uses skinny (4mm wide) LED strips which must be soldered, bent, and then slotted in between those acrylic pieces. When […]
Johnson Davies shared detailed instructions of how to build an ATSAMD21-based computer on a prototyping board using a 32-pin ATSAMD21E: If you’re looking for something more powerful than the ATmega328 in the Arduino Uno a good choice is the ATSAMD21. This is an ARM Cortex M0+ processor with up to 256KB flash memory, 32KB RAM, […]
Łukasz Podkalicki shared a how-to on building a Class D amplifier on ATtiny13: I always wonder whether it is possible to make an amplifier of class D on ATtiny13 or not. Some time ago I found George Gardner’s project based on ATtiny85 – TinyD. It was a sign to start challenging it with ATtiny13. It took me […]