ESP8266: Arduino compatible $5 MCU with WiFi

MAKE has posted Alasdair Allan’s three part series concerning the ESP8266 MCU. Alasdair highlights the capabilities and limitations of this chip, the installation and use of a supporting version of the Arduino IDE, and how to create a breadboard adapter for the ESP-01 breakout board (pictured above.) Via MAKE.

OpenERP tutorial shows how to organize your projects

Make Magazine has a tutorial on the OpenERP enterprise resource planing tool. It’s a project manager for tracking a project from an idea to fulfillment. The tutorial runs through one project example and explains how to setup all the steps along the way. ERP systems have been around for several decades, but for much of […]

New book: LEGO and Arduino Projects

We’ve been informed of the new MAKE publication by authors John Baichtal, Matthew Beckler and Adam Wolf entitled LEGO and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending Mingdstorms NXT with open-source electronics. The purpose of the book is to acquaint beginners with the both Mindstorms and the Arduino platform and how they can be interfaced using open […]

MAKE How-To: Get Started with the BeagleBone

Matt Richardson from MAKE provides this introduction to the BeagleBone dev board. BeagleBone is an TI AM3358 ARM Cortex-A8-based microprocessor board that ships with a 2GB microSD card with the Angstrom Linux Distribution with node.js and Cloud9 IDE. It retails for $89 from MAKE and Adafruit.

iOS communicating with Arduino demonstration

This video from OSCON, the Open Source Convention, features Alasdair Allen demonstrating the use of Maker Shed’s RedPark Breakout Pack for Arduino and iOS. This demo the Redpark Serial Cable for iOS, which is an Apple-approved cable for connecting your iOS device to almost anything using serial communication. For more information and a link to […]

Christmas Tree email alert

Matt Richardson from MAKE presents his take on the traditional CHristmas tree email notifier utilizing the Arduino and the Ethernet Shield. He says: “On a set interval, the Arduino will connect to a PHP-enabled web server which will, in turn, check for new email. The PHP web server will return the count of messages to […]

MAKE Holiday Kit-A-Day Giveaway

MAKE has started their 2011 MAKE Holiday Kit-A-Day Giveaway. To celebrate the release of their latest publication, the Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012 (and its companion website), they’re giving away one of the cool kits reviewed in the issue each day during the holiday season. Check out the MAKE giveaway webpage for each day’s prize […]

Introduction to switches

Make has an introduction to various switches: Easily overlooked, but elemental to electronics hardware, the manually operated switch is the simplest of electromechanical devices — and likely the most familiar. While the most basic switch is… well, quite basic, there’s a crazy-huge variety of switch types and sizes available to the electronics maker nowadays. Those […]

The MAKE Volume 27 Robot Contest!

Tinkering with a cool robotics project? Then polish off your creation and submit it to the MAKE Robot Contest! In preparation for Volume 27 (the Robot issue) MAKE is holding a contest for robot enthusiasts to see who can build the “most entertaining” robot. The rules are: 1. Come up with an entertaining, original robot […]

Interfacing Arduino and Python: Guide to Semi-advanced Serial Programming

Chandler has posted this tutorial on Interfacing Arduino and Python as it relates to serial programming. For this tutorial, you will need (or at least it is helpful) to have a knowledge of the Python programming language. You will also need an Arduino, and other components depending on how many of the four projects you […]

Vienna hackerspace autoposts realtime project videos

It seems like every hackerspace has their own means of communicating status messages to their members. The hackers at MetaLab in Vienna have put together a rather novel way of letting the world know they have completed a project. While some hackerspaces simply notify their members that they are open for business, they take things […]

Week in (p)review: July 18, 2010

Here’s some highlights from the past week, in case you missed them: Bus Pirate firmware v5.3 was released with bug fixes and enhancements. We can’t buy ad space in Make this time. Add 16 more buffered channels to your Logic Sniffer with the Gadget Factory’s buffer wing. Sjaak demoed an LED matrix board from Sure […]

Advertising: Options for a kit biz

Dangerous Prototypes has always been a word-of-mouth operation. We survive on the traffic we get when you submit our projects to your favorite blog. Over the next few months we’re going to document our experience buying advertising, and try to figure out if it makes sense for us. We’ll share real numbers about the price, […]

Make's 2009 open source hardware guide

Dangerous Prototypes made it into Make’s open source hardware guide 2009! We got interested in open source hardware while reading Make and Hack a Day, this is a really special accomplishment for us. Our hackable LED Christmas ornament is featured on the cover. The web platform, #twatch, and Bus Pirate are all listed in the […]