Electronics

Electronics, PCB, Arduinos, soldering etc.

BeagleBone Blue

BeagleBone Blue

At the beginning of the year I was approached to look at a new electronics board. It was officially announced last week so I can now tell you about it. The board in question was the BeagleBone Blue. This builds

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Workshop Preparation

Workshop Preparation

In preparation for the Raspberry Pi workshop at the end of the month I’ve been experimenting with the Raspberry Pi and simple hardware. So far I’ve had success with: LED Micro switch Tilt switch Servo Motor via H-Bridge I’ve also

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Thinking about animatronics

Thinking about animatronics

I’ve been invited to a play workshop in Leeds at the end of the month and that in turn has got me thinking about animatronics. Basically we plan to make some gnomes and make them move. Two key factors here

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Benchtop Powersupply Kit

Benchtop Powersupply Kit

With the prize I gained from Proto-Pic, I purchased a Sparkfun Benchtop Powersupply kit. This allows you to hook up an ATX power supply and provides some terminal posts so you can use it on the bench for testing your

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Conductive Paint and Threaded Inserts

Conductive Paint and Threaded Inserts

Thanks to Rachel Lancaster from It’s All Geek to me I’ve had the chance to try out the Christmas cards from Bare Conductive. The set has three cards, a Santa, Flash (Rudolf’s lesser known cousin) and a Polar bear. There

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Christmas Tree Trinket

Adafruit Trinket 5V

My work colleague joked that I should not be let near the Christmas fairy lights as I’d probably “hook a microcontroller to them”. I’d not actually thought of this before but as the gauntlet had been thrown down I thought

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From prototype to product – A practical guide for electronic engineers

This book endeavours to teach you what they don’t teach on an electronics degree, the process of turning your prototype circuit into a product. It does so by selecting four key topics; design issues, design for manufacture, compliance and project

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Tenma Soldering Station

Tenma Soldering Station

My old Antex soldering iron is about 25 years old and although it provides a good service it is a bit beaten up. The cable is held together with self amalgamating tape and the element is looking a bit corroded.

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