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How not to build a semiconductor lapping machine

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcI6T91u3xQ electronupdate writes: One area of silicon reverse engineering which has interested me is the delayering of a chip to see each layer which allows superior visibility into the circuitry. I know of two ways: chemical etch and mechanical means. In this video I try to make a mechanical grinder...

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Negative impedance converters

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

An article discusses the negative resistance and negative impedance converter from Analog Zoo: “Negative resistance” may seem like a purely academic concept, but can be easily realized in practice with a handful of common components. By adding a single resistor to a standard non-inverting op amp circuit, we can create...

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Reading a VGA monitor’s configuration data with I2C and a PocketBeagle

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Ken Shirriff wrote an article showing how to read the monitor's config data using the I2C protocol and a board with an I2C port: Have you ever wondered how your computer knows all the characteristics of your monitor— the supported resolutions, the model, and even the serial number? Most monitors use a...

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BLE Module PCB made with silver paste/laser printer

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9uNdE_027Q NRF52 Bluetooth Low Energy Module PCB using laser printer/silver paste method by Rich Olson. More details at nothinglabs.com.

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Making YBCO superconductor

Monday, March 5th, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLFaa6RPJIU This video describes how to make and test your own YBCO superconductor by Ben Krasnow. More info on his blog here.

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Low cost single cell battery pack simulator

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Mare writes: There are many battery cell simulators available which could simulate battery cell(s). Unfortunately, none is emulating any of the digital protocols used by fuel gauge devices. Optimal solution to efficiently emulate given smart battery pack is to use custom solution based on battery cell simulator and fuel gauge...

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Custom 3D printed magnetic encoder disks for robotics projects

Friday, January 26th, 2018

A how-to on making a custom DIY magnetic disk encoder by Erich Styger: I’m making great progress with the firmware for the new Mini Sumo Robot (see “New Concept for 2018 Mini Sumo Roboter“). The goal is a versatile and low-cost Mini Sumo robot, and the robot comes with the...

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Programming STM32F103 Blue Pill using USB bootloader and PlatformIO

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Coyt Barringer wrote a post on his blog showing how he program the Blue Pill STM32F103 using USB Bootloader and PlatformIO: This is the infamous Blue Pill board – a $2 ARM STM32F103 development board with all the capabilities of a Teensy 3.x at a fraction of the price of...

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Rework and probe wires for circuit boards

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iNHC9djG2Q Tips & tricks to add probe wires for low-voltage, low-current signals on small fine pitch circuit boards. Via Electronupdate.

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Cheap DIY USB MIDI to CV

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

A how-to on making a DIY USB MIDI to CV from DIY Synthesizer: This one is simple and does not require any expensive Teensy’s or STM32. It runs on the ATtiny85 using V-USB. The ATtiny is programmed with the Micronucleus bootloader and is firmware upgradeable incircuit. More details at DIY Synthesizer homepage.

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Overdrive guitar effects pedal

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Eddie over at Bantam Tools shared detailed instructions of how to build this DIY overdrive effects pedal: This project shows you how to make your very own effects stompbox! We'll go through the steps of downloading the .brd file, loading the file into our software, milling the board on the...

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How to configure I2C sensors with Arduino

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Edward Mallon writes: I’ve spent the last year in the ‘uncanny valley’ of the Arduino. That’s the point where you understand the tutorials at Arduino.cc, but still don’t get much from the material on gitHub because trained programmers would never stoop to using the wire.h library when they could just...

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ZX81 internal 16K RAM (reversible version)

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Dave Curran wrote a post on his blog showing how he upgrades the ZX81 internal 16K RAM with a reversible version: One of the common issues with the ZX81 is the good old RAM pack wobble. Depending on the state of your edge connectors on your ZX81 and RAM pack,...

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Microcontroller action potential generator

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Scott Harden writes: Here I demonstrate how to use a single microcontroller pin to generate action-potential-like waveforms. The output is similar my fully analog action potential generator circuit, but the waveform here is created in an entirely different way. A microcontroller is at the core of this project and determines...

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TTL triggered stimulus generator

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Scott Harden has a nice build log on his TTL triggered stimulus generator project: I was presented with a need to rapidly develop a pulse generator to take a TTL input and output a programmable output (for now 0.1 ms pulses at 20 Hz for as long as the input...

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How to: STM32F103C8T6 as an USB device (Virtual serial port / CDC)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZjnCOun1wU In this video Hugatry shared detailed instructions of how to use the STM32F103C8T6 as an USB device with virtual serial port: Cheap STM32F103C8T6 development board Blue STM32F103C8T6 development boards, also known as "BluePill", are cheap way to get started with 32bit ARM microcontrollers. The STM32 development board can sometimes...

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Display Arduino analog input using LabVIEW

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Zx Lee shared detailed instructions of how to display the Arduino measurements using LabVIEW: To get started, I will explain what is actually going on in Arduino. In this project, I am using an Arduino Nano to acquire signals and send the data to PC. As mentioned earlier, two analog...

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3D POV display

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Gelstronic shared detailed instructions of how to build this 3D POV display, project instructables here: In my project i use a spinning helix of LED strips. There are a total of 144 LEDs that can displays 17280 voxels with 16 colors. The voxels are arranged circularly in 12 levels. The...

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Build an open source laser reflection barrier

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Boris Landoni from Open Electronics writes about an open source project laser reflection barrier: It allows us to detect the presence and passage of an object thanks to the combination of a laser diode which emits a light ray and a phototransistor which detects reflected light. Robotics applications and industrial control systems...

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DIY thermal vision shoots 360 panoramas

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Saulius Lukse has posted his DIY 360 panoramas: It might seem simple task but it involves some tricks to control motors and read sensor data from two separate controllers. One of the challenges I faced is meshing position and temperature data. Feedback received from each controllers is timestamped. After scan is...

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