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Video tutorials: Building the Arduino based data loggers

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZFAcZmmxHA&list=PL79ZjHgoYtfzvDKPADJH7HPYDFFlxSLXt From the comments on our Arduino data logger post: A visiting researcher dropped by our humble basement workshop with questions about the physical skill level students would need if they added one of our DIY data loggers to their environmental curriculum. I figured the easiest way to cover that was...

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Tutorial: Setting up a low cost QRP (FT8, JT9, WSPR etc) monitoring station with an RTL-SDR v3 and Raspberry pi 3

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

A detailed tutorial on how to set up a cheap QRP monitoring station using an RTL-SDR V3 and a Raspberry Pi 3 from rtl-sdr.com This tutorial is inspired by dg0opk's videos and blog post on monitoring QRP with single board computers. We'll show you how to set up a super cheap...

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5 LDO regulator considerations other than voltage and current

Monday, June 4th, 2018

James Lewis over at Bald Engineer writes, "For an AddOhms series, I created a DIY Arduino I am calling the “Pyramiduino.” It is an ATmega328p based board in the shape of a triangle. Other than being cute, the shape does not offer any other benefit. The design features a 3.3...

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Arduino time attendance system with RFID

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

A how-to on building a time attendance system with MFRC522 RFID Reader and Arduino from Random Nerd Tutorials: Before getting started it’s important to layout the project main features: *It contains an RFID reader that reads RFID tags; *Our setup has a real time clock module to keep track of time; *When...

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DIY Moteino guide

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Felix writes, "I posted a short illustrated guide for making your own Moteino from SMD components. It also includes details how to burn the bootloader and fuses. Check it out here. Thanks and credit goes to forum user LukaQ for his contribution of the images and test sketches in this...

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How servo motors work and how to control servos using Arduino

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Dejan Nedelkovski over at HowToMechatronics shared detailed tutorial on how servo motors work and how to control servos using Arduino and PCA9685 PWM driver: There are many types of servo motors and their main feature is the ability to precisely control the position of their shaft. A servo motor is...

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Why electrolytic capacitors are actually kinda shitty

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Afroman writes, "Electrolytic capacitors are common, but knowledge of their limitations is uncommon. A demonstration is shown highlighting the difference in performance between electrolytic and ceramic capacitors in power supplies. Other topics discussed in the video: Electrolytic capacitor construction, ceramic capacitors, ESR, ESL, impedance curves, why “0.1uF”, and more." Via Afrotechmods....

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Alexa (Echo) with ESP32 and ESP8266 – Voice controlled relay

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Rui Santos writes, "In this project, you’re going to learn how to control the ESP8266 or the ESP32 with voice commands using Alexa (Amazon Echo Dot). As an example, we’ll control two 12V lamps connected to a relay module. We’ll also add two 433 MHz RF wall panel switches to...

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DIY Arduino PCB Pryamiduino

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

A how-to on designing a DIY Arduino PCB Pryamiduino from Bald Engineer: Continuing the DIY Arduino tutorial series, this AddOhms episode shows how to create a PCB in KiCad. I make a joke that the original design was a rectangle, which I found boring and pointless. So instead, I designed a...

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Debug SONOFF AC relay with a thermal camera

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

James Lewis shares his experience in debugging SONOFF AC relay with a thermal camera: The clever solution seemed to be clever, at least for a few minutes. Suddenly the light turned off. I thought maybe there was a timeout for the manual button. Annoying, but workable. The lamp remained off for...

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ESP8266 Wi-Fi button – DIY Amazon dash button clone

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Rui Santos over at Random Nerd Tutorials posted a step by step guide on building an ESP8266 Wi-Fi button: In this project you’re going to build an ESP8266 Wi-Fi Button that can trigger any home automation event. This is like a remote control that you can take in your pocket...

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Arduino Tutorial: Adding sensors to your data logger

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Edward Mallon writes: This post isn’t another How-To tutorial for a specific sensor because the Arduino community has already produced a considerable number of resources like that.  You’d be hard pressed to find any sensor in the DIY market that doesn’t give you a dozen cookbook recipes to follow after...

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Yet another ARM development tutorial

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

ARM development tutorial at smdprutser.nl: It has been a while since I wrote about ARM development. I recently made a Black Magic Probe (BMP) clone which acts different then the original. The BMP can source power to the target, but on my version control signal is inverted. Not a big...

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ESP8266 voltage regulator (LiPo and Li-ion batteries)

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Rui Santos writes, "In this guide, you’re going to build a voltage regulator for the ESP8266 that can be used with LiPo and Li-ion batteries." More details at RandomNerdTutorials.com. Check out the video after the break. (more…)

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ESP8266 Deep Sleep with Arduino IDE

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Rui Santos has written a great guide shows us what’s Deep Sleep and how to use it with the ESP8266 in the Arduino IDE. With most of the ESP8266 modules, you can’t change the hardware to save power, but you can write software to do it. If you use the...

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Pulse Oximeter functionality for a medical device

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Alexander Lang writes: The gentlemen for whom I'm developing this hardware for has requested some additional functionality. The additional functionality requested is a Pulse Oximetry measurement.  Pulse Oximetry is the measurement of a person's pulse along with how much oxygen is present within their blood.  It is a common measurement...

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How to build your own RS232 to TTL converter

Friday, September 29th, 2017

A how-to on making a DIY RS232 to TTL converter by Jestine Yong: As I read many pages on the internet I saw there is a sort of adapter so called “USB to TTL adapter” who can communicate through with the uC. I had not the time to order one...

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Extend Eagle CAD tool with ULPs: Writing your first User language program

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Yahya Tawil posted a detailed how-to on writing ULP's for Eagle CAD: In this tutorial, you will learn how to write your first ULP in Eagle CAD to add a new capability to your CAD tool. User Language Program (ULP) is a set of extensions for Eagle CAD users to...

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Panelization – using GerberPanelizer on Windows (Linux possible)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Arsenijs over at Hackaday.io writes: This tutorial was done on Windows. Authors claim it could also be used on Linux by using Mono, but I haven't tried and don't understand a lot about Mono to see what could be done. I am switching to Linux nowadays, so I'd be very grateful...

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MCUXpresso IDE tutorial series

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Erich Styger has made a series of tutorial blog posts on using the new NXP MCUXpresso IDE. Published so far are: MCUXpresso IDE: Unified Eclipse IDE for NXPs ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers MCUXpresso IDE: S-Record, Intel Hex and Binary Files MCUXpresso IDE: Adding the Eclipse Marketplace Client MCUXpresso IDE: Importing Kinetis...

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  • KH: TPS62200 will get him to under 15uA, a bit better than the 20-30uA he mentioned. I would try the same thing. Switch some resistors in...
  • KH: Yeah, it's an end-user thing. Very few people would spend hundreds of hours on this kind of project and sustain it. It's more or less...
  • Max: Not quite a dinosaur if you've seen Big Hero 6 though... wait. You've watched it with your kids, didn't you? That's cheating...! ;) One of...
  • Edward Mallon: A visiting researcher dropped by our humble basement workshop with questions about the physical skill level students would need if they added one of our...
  • KH: And that looks really expensive... Only browsed the vid though, I'm an dinosaur so I had the sound off too. Nice of him to open-source...