How to design and build your own Lithium battery pack

Adam Bender posted detailed instructions of how to design and build a custom DIY lithium battery pack with 18650 cells: Designing a custom lithium battery pack is a fun way to learn about electricity and engineering. Lithium batteries can be used for countless applications including electric bikes, scooters, vehicles, backup power suppliers, off the grid […]

Build an ESP8266 web server – Code and schematics (NodeMCU)

A detailed instructions of how to build an ESP8266 Web Server using NodeMCU firmware: This tutorial is a step-by-step guide that shows how to build a standalone ESP8266 Web Server that controls two outputs (two LEDs). This ESP8266 NodeMCU Web Server is mobile responsive and it can be accessed with any device with a browser in […]

Wifi based DIY 5V switcher for led-lights

Albert posted a detailed how-to on building DIY ESP-12F based USB-5V switcher: 5V powered 100LED circuit was consuming around ~1.8Watts(though 5.1Ohm series resistor was really hot) and the brightness of the LED’s were not bad, especially difference between first led and last led brightness didnt bother me it was hardly noticeable when seen from distance. So […]

Remote debugging with USB based JTAG/SWD debug probes

Erich Styger wrote an article on how to turn a USB debug probe into a IP-based debug solution: For some projects it is not possible to have the device under debug available on my desk: the board might be in another room, on another site or in a place where physical access is not possible […]

Solar powered WiFi weather station

A detailed instructions of how to build this weather station project by Open Green Energy: This Instructable is a continuation to my earlier weather station project. It was quite popular on the web, people around the globe made their own by following it and given valuable feedbacks for improvement.By taking consideration in to the comments and Q&A […]

DIY Arduino based RC transmitter

  Dejan over at HowToMechatronics posted a detailed how-to on building DIY Arduino RC transmitter: Now I can wirelessly control any Arduino project with just some small adjustments at the receiver side. This transmitter can be also used as any commercial RC transmitter for controlling RC toys, cars, drones and so on. For that purpose it […]

Regaining debug access of NXP i.MX RT1064-EVK executing WFI

Erich Styger writes: Working with low power modes can be challenging. It can severely affect debugging capabilities of a microprocessor or microcontroller. I ported a FreeRTOS application using the Tickless Idle Mode to the NXP i.MX RT1064 board, and all of a sudden, the board was unresponsive to any debugger connection. Luckily the board was […]

SerialDebug Library for Arduino

Rui Santos over at Random Nerd Tutorials wrote a series of three posts on how to use the SerialDebug library created by João Lopes with Arduino IDE (programming Arduino, ESP32, ESP8266): After programming the ESP32 using ESP-IDF, João noticed that debug for Arduino IDE needed some improvement. So, he created the SerialDebug library to bring […]

Tutorial: Adding the SSD1306 OLED screen to an Arduino logger (without a library)

Edward Mallon writes: While I loved the Nokia 5110 LCD’s readability in full sun, the pressure sensitivity was a real problem for the underwater units. So I started noodling around with some cheap OLED screens from eBay. With the exception of the init & XY functions (which are more complicated on the 1306 controller) the […]

Build a Multisensor Shield for ESP8266

Rui Santos has a great write-up on building a Multisensor Shield for ESP8266, that is available on GitHub: In this project you’ll discover how to design and create a Multisensor Shield for the ESP8266 Wemos D1 Mini board. The shield has temperature sensor (DS18B20), a PIR motion sensor, an LDR, and a terminal to connect […]

Tutorial: Using the Arduino’s internal EEprom to store calibration data and LCD screen fonts

Edward Mallon writes: This is a follow-up to our post about using Nokia 5110 screens on three unused analog lines with shift-out. That saved me from messing with the hardware SPI bus which we reserve for the SD cards. A secondary benefit is that the code is really lean, on the order of about 250 […]

Dual ultrasonic sensors combine for 2D echolocation

A how-to on making a Dual-sensor ultrasonic echo locator by lingib, project instructables here: This instructable explains how to pinpoint the location of an object using an Arduino, two ultrasonic sensors, and Heron’s formula for triangles. There are no moving parts. Heron’s formula allows you to calculate the area of any triangle for which all sides are […]