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  • I needed panels for my FAA project.  The original plan was to use aluminum panels supplied by one of the FAA support groups, but that proved to be unreliable.  At this stage of the project, the FAA was ordering in lots of ten, and the future of the project was
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  • I've often written about getting acrylic parts cut at Metrix, the local hacker space.  It's awesome to have a panel cut where, if you've measured carefully and made an accurate drawing, the holes are the right size and shape (like D-holes for switches and pots) and everything lines up.  You may
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  • Project by Gavin Wiggett. I bring you the Matrix/Game Shield, (Red/Green 8x8 led matrix). I started this Project just a few  months  ago (May 2013), the idea was to make a game system where you can design your own games for a 8x8 led matrix or even some cool animations,
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  • SMT Prototype Board Compendium Many chips are only available in surface mount (SMT) packages and they are getting ever smaller as the drive towards miniaturization continues.  This makes it tough to experiment with the parts on a bread board.  Fortunately, they are a variety of adapter boards that make experimenting
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  • [EDIT 08/06/2012 : Pachube has now changed its name to Cosm, but the Pachube API's listed here still work as is.] Following on from my previous article here, we have a simple HTTP client for Swordfish. But what use can we make of it, besides browsing the source code of our
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  • I've been wanted to try a couple things with laser-cut acrylics.  For a long while, I've wanted to try bolted 90° joins, often seen at Thingiverse.  I started with information I found in How To: Make Cheap LaserCut Custom Boxes for Your DIY Electronics.  I wouldn't quite make the patterns
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  • I recently found a great old Westinghouse AC Ammeter at Goodwill for a few bucks.  I love the look of these old meters but this one had a cracked lens and a 50 year accumulation of cigarette smoke and grim on the case.  I didn't take ant "before" pictures but
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  • Since I first saw Mikal Harts Reverse Geocache Puzzle I knew I needed to build one. My best mate and his wife are avid GeoCachers (is that a word?) and I decided to make a special gift for his 30th birthday. Well, I missed that particular deadline, but never mind,
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  • In my article on the Irradiance Meter, I showed a picture of my friend Orris's solar panel set up for evaluation.  I recently had a chance to visit and see the progress on this project.  It's most impressive!  Orris has been busy.  Although not a exactly a microcontroller project, I
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  • Why should coffee tables be limited to magazines and cups of coffee? All that precious space could be used for something far more exciting, like video games! This DIY project allows up to four players to battle it out in a game of Pong. And it's named accordingly, "The Super Pong Table".
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  • (Republished from another web site by permission of the author - me) A variable voltage power supply is an asset to any bench.  Even if a commercial lab supply is available, another power supply is always useful to operate those things that require an odd voltage or to check performance under
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  • I thought Jon Chandler’s Clock for Geeks was a great project and his idea to make a clock with two dials in a VU meter type setup was brilliant.  This is my take on that idea.
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  • Here is my first PCB project I made using Diptrace, I wanted to make a board that gave me access to all the data pins and to use a LCD display for prototyping. So I designed a schematic using Diptrace and then created my own PCB layout and made it onto some
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  • Want to bring your romantic candle lit dinners into the 21st century? Well you can now with this super simple LED candle hack! All you need are a couple of tea light candles, some LEDs and a few button batteries. Watch the following video for more info!
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  • I recently had use for the simple signal generator. I described before for testing out some piezo buzzers I got for next to nothing.  I reloaded the code onto a TAP-28 board I had handy, made the connections and was quickly rewarded with some noise. Since I find this really
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  • What's not to like about the idea? A GPS module is the perfect companion to the humble clock and ensures the time is always accurate and never needs adjusting (unless you live in an area that has daylight savings). Better still, the GPS module does not require a "lock" to
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  • A friend of mine is evaluating solar panel technology for a large-scale home project.  An irradiance meter is a handy tool to help evaluate various options.  This irradiance meter is a fusion of pieces that came together to make a simple solution possible. A Handspring Visor PDA provides a slick
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  • The PIC Tetris game (PICtris) spawned from a recent question by RetroBrad in the forum. He wanted to know how to manipulate LEDs and draw 2D graphics. I'm more of a practical kind of guy and in the past, graphics were never an area of concern. I was intrigued to
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  • The purpose of the project was to create a 'box' that could control 12-24 timers independently. Each timer required both visual and audible ques. It was a quick-and-easy fun project that threw some curve balls when it came to writing a program that could control 24 timers which could have
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  • Credit where credit is due, this project was inspired by Jon Chandler's Clock for Geeks. After reading through one of Jon Chandlers recent projects, I was rather inspired to make my own! The Geek Clock is a great spin on a more then well known concept - displaying time. His method
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