TESLA TRUCK, a mobile maker space for the masses

Tesla Truck, a mobile-maker space for the masses, is having a indiegogo campaign to help them equip a hands-on classes and workshops, where students, teachers, and makers can teach, learn, create, and innovate: Whether you’re a school that wants a semester long, hands-on STEM program or an aspiring maker who wants access to workshops and […]

Dirty Circuits PCB routing for open hardware designs

  At Dangerous Prototypes we have a team of amazing PCB designers. We crank out a lot of boards publicly and privately, but even we can’t keep these hungry routing addicts busy all the time. Now we’re lending our routing skills to you for your open hardware project through a new site: Dirty Circuits. If […]

Atmel Tech on Tour: Bringing hands-on technology training to you

Xykon writes to let us know about the new Atmel Tech on Tour events: During this hands-on training, you will learn how to lower the power of your system designs using Atmel microcontrollers (MCUs) in conjunction with our wireless and touch solutions. Many of the lessons you’ll learn will be applicable to a wide variety […]

The Woz’s backpack contents revealed!

Steve Wozniak (“The Woz”) has published this incredible list of the gear he carries in his travel backpack. Dozens of gadgets, cables, gizmos and accessories, only a portion of which are pictured above. Enough to fill seven bins at airport security. “You might think this is abnormal for me but, to the contrary, it’s customary.” […]

MIT’s 6.002x Circuits & Electronics free online course

MITx is organizing a free online Circuits and Electronics (6.002x) course. The course started 2 days ago (5th of March) and will run until June. Upon completion you’ll receive an electronic MITx certificate of accomplishment. The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent […]

28C3: Hack the planet with Code Hero and Makerhoods

In this rapid fire lightning talk from the 28C3 Chaos Communication Congress held recently in Berlin, Alex Peake highlights the learning initiative known as Code Hero. “Code Hero, a game that teaches you how to make games so you can make games that teach everything else to make all knowledge playable.” (Well, that clears everything […]

Workshop video #01: Sjaak solders a QFN chip, attempts the BGA challenge

We took our cameras on the road and visited Sjaak’s workshop this week. He showed us how he solders QFN chips with a bit of hot air and normal drag-soldering. We also surprised him with a challenge to solder a tiny BGA chip, see how it turns out. Here’s some links mentioned in the video: […]

Infosec: using fuzzers to find vulnerabilities

Infosec Resources has a free online tutorial, An Introduction to Fuzzing: Using fuzzers (SPIKE) to find vulnerabilities. While not directly related to microcontrollers, this resource provides a hands-on guide to using open source Linux tools to find vulnerabilities in code on a networked Windows machine. To fully participate in this demo, you’ll need two machines […]

Choosing a substitute electronic part

Choosing substitute electronic components is a common snag for beginners. What do you do if you can’t get the exact part used in a project? Part finder posed this question about the USB IR Toy: This component is hard to find from my local store: D1, Small signal diode (DO323, BAS16HT1G, Rectifier 85V/0.2A Small Signal […]

Make's PCB etching tutorial

We enjoyed this (sponsored) segment from Make about etching circuit boards. Like Collin, we got our start etching boards we found on the web, at first with toner transfer and later UV photo masking. We didn’t know how the circuits worked, but it was still exciting to build something cool. Our current method for single-sided […]