Archive for the ‘Electronics’ Category

MAKE | 555 Timer Weekend Projects

Posted: 25th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics, Projects
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As I mentioned previously, Hans Camenzind, creator of the 555 IC, passed away recently. Make has been honoring him with various posts all week that celebrate the 555. With this post, they have a great list of 555 projects you can work on this weekend. If you’re curious about electronics, this might be a good […]

SparkFun – DIY Guitar Pickups

Posted: 20th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics, Tutorial
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  I love the “According to Pete” series from SparkFun Electronics. Have a look at this week’s edition about DIY guitar pickups and make sure you catch some of the back episodes if you are new to the series! According to Pete – DIY Guitar Pickups – News – SparkFun Electronics.

Hans Camenzind, 555 Timer Inventor, Dies

Posted: 16th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics
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Sad news in the electronics world. If you’ve ever started to look at a lot of basic circuits you have probably seen the 555 and its conjoined twin sibling, the 556. It is almost hard to escape learning electronics without exposure to this neat little IC. A moment of peace for the creator of a […]

Adafruit Pi Dish for Raspberry Pi

Posted: 16th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics, Hardware, Raspberry Pi
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This may be the rig for the next Raspberry Pi I buy. I want to do more breadboarding and development with the Raspi. The Adafruit gang really is awesome at predicting exactly what I will need/want to keep my workstation looking good.   Adafruit Pi Dish for Raspberry Pi – Includes Breadboard ID: 942 – […]

Controlling AC Devices with XBee – iDigi Blog

Posted: 15th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics

I really think I need to get a few XBee modules for my home automation project. (see the github link on the right for HAL) Controlling AC Devices with XBee – iDigi Blog.

Getting a Custom PCB

Posted: 14th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics
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So you’ve got a nice new project that is electrically sound and want to convert it to your very own Printed Circuit Board. The venerable Lady Ada (Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries) has provided a great rundown of some PCB manufacturers and their strengths and weaknesses. Ready for your own PCB, check out the list […]

Arduino RGB LED Clock

Posted: 13th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Arduino, Electronics
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Saw this first thing this morning and I love it. A beautiful clock with some many different ways you could signal the time. Might have to build one myself someday. (Via Adafruit) Arduino RGB LED Clock  

Making Sense of Op Amps

Posted: 12th August 2012 by bjmclaughlin in Electronics
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Op Amps seem simple in concept but I’ve always struggled with their application. Here is a great discussion on the function of Op Amps via Hack a Day! Understanding op-amps from simple to hard – Hack a Day.