Beaglebone Black music box project

Brian’s Beaglebone Black music box project:  I would like to thank Miero for his hard work on the linux I2S driver for Beaglebone Black’s SOC without the driver this project would not exist. You can see the design in its enclosure here below and in the following video The design is essentially complete and tested as […]

DIY 110v temperature controlled soldering station

Mike Doughty over at PCBSmoke shared his DIY 110v temperature controlled soldering station in the project log forum: This post shows how to build a do it yourself 110 volt soldering station. It is a step by step guide that shows how to convert a regular plug-in soldering iron into a temperature controlled unit. It is an […]

Homemade x-ray inspector reveals PCB secrets

John McMaster has written an article detailing his homemade x-ray scanner: In some previous posts I talked about getting an x-ray head working, reverse engineering an x-ray sensor, and working with LinuxCNC.  In this post I put them all together so that I can take a bunch of x-ray snapshots across an entire PCB.  This […]

DIY compost sensor

Kinasmith wrote this instructable detailing how to build a compost temperature monitoring system, a web connected wireless sensor network: Why Measure the Temperature of Compost? “Composting is the biological decomposition of organic matter under aerobic conditions.” Micro-organisms consume organic material and oxygen and create heat as a waste product. By measuring this heat you can predict […]

SoHa SMART first logo PCB design & manufacture

‏ @josephpcrabtree tweeted, “New learn-to-solder badges for @SoHaSMARTMaker. PCBs from @dangerousproto DirtyPCBs” This is a big day for any maker space when you learn to design and manufacture your own PCB. We are very proud of our circuit design and end result. We will use these in all of our Learn To Solder Classes going […]

Uber home automation

Eric of ElectronicHamsters wrote an article detailing his Uber home automation project:  garage door sensor, battery powered mailbox sensor or door monitor, multi sensor, laundry room washer-dryer notifier, prototype of dog tracker, garage genie and remote control, smart mouse trap. Project info at ElectronicHamsters project page. Check out the project instructables here.

LaserOscope project

Steve Schuler over at Science2.0 published a new build: A laser oscilloscope using Lego, littleBits, Erector set, and the Kano Computer Build a laser oscilloscope using Lego, littleBits, Erector set, and the Kano Computer. In honor of The International Year of Light I’ll demonstrate how use the Kano computer to drive a littleBits motor with an […]