Category Archives: Microcontrollers

Breakout Board Becomes Pogo Pin Programmer

Making a programming jig becomes exponentially more difficult after two pins and who would even consider building one if they were not setting up more than twenty boards? If it were easy for novices to construct jigs, we might all have a quiver of them on the shelf next to …read more

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DIY Button Matrix Lights Up And Speaks I2C

[David Johnson-Davies] always wanted an illuminated button matrix for projects, but cost was never very friendly. That all changed when he discovered a cheap source of illuminated pushbuttons on Aliexpress, leading to this DIY 4×4 illuminated button matrix design which communicates over I2C. The button states can be …read more

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Posted in attiny, ATtiny Hacks, attiny88, button matrix, i2c, illuminated buttons, led hacks, led matrix, Microcontrollers | Leave a comment

Building An ESP8266 Game System With MicroPython

After a seemingly endless stream of projects that see the ESP8266 open doors or report the current temperature, it can be easy to forget just how powerful the little WiFi-enabled microcontroller really is. In fact, you could argue that most hackers aren’t even scratching the surface of what the hardware …read more

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Posted in analog stick, handheld game, handhelds hacks, Microcontrollers, micropython, oled, SSD1106, wemos d1 mini, ws2812b | Leave a comment

Play Tetris on a Transistor Tester, Because Why Not?

[Robson] had been using the same multimeter since he was 15. It wasn’t a typical multimeter, either. He had programmed it to also play the Google Chrome jumping dinosaur game, and also used it as a badge at various conferences. But with all that abuse, the ribbon cable broke and …read more

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Posted in arduino, atmega, LCR meter, microcontroller, Microcontrollers, programming, tetris, tool hacks, Transistor Tester | Leave a comment

Bringing A Child’s Play Kitchen To Life

Given how many adults will go out of their way to avoid spending any extended amount of time in the kitchen, it’s pretty amazing how much children love playing in their miniature versions. Especially since they tend to be pretty simple: usually they’re little more than different sized boxes made …read more

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Posted in ESP8266, kids oven, kitchen, led hacks, Microcontrollers, neopixel ring, RGB LED, TM1637, toy hacks | Leave a comment

ESP32 Alarm Clock Doesn’t Skimp On The Features

The ESP family of microcontrollers is absolutely on fire right now, with a decent chunk of the projects that come our way now based on one of the impossibly cheap WiFi-enabled boards. In fact, they are so cheap and popular that we’ve started to see a somewhat unexpected trend; people …read more

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Posted in alarm clock, BH150, clock, clock hacks, dht-11, ESP32, ILI9341, Microcontrollers, touch sensor | Leave a comment

Duck And Cover With This WiFi “Geiger Counter”

There’s perhaps no sound more recognizable than the frantic clicking of a Geiger counter. Not because this is some post-apocalyptic world in which everyone is personally acquainted with the operation of said devices, but because it’s such a common effect used in many movies, TV shows, and video games. If …read more

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Posted in buzzer, ESP8266, geiger counter, Microcontrollers, received signal strength indicator, RSSI, wireless hacks | Leave a comment

Tracking Binary Changes: Learn the DIFF-erent Ways of the ELF

Source control is often the first step when starting a new project (or it should be, we’d hope!). Breaking changes down into smaller chunks and managing the changes between them makes it easier to share work between developers and to catch and revert mistakes after they happen. As project complexity …read more

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Posted in arm, automatic builds, ci, continuous integration, gcc, Jenkins, linker, linker script, map file, mapfile, Microcontrollers, Software Development, source control | Leave a comment

An ESP8266 Sundial For Your Wall

Hackers absolutely love building clocks. Seriously, there are few other devices for which we’ve seen such an incredible number of variations. But while the clocks that hackers build might blink out the time in binary, or write it out in words, they generally don’t feature hands. Apparently in 2019 it’s …read more

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Posted in bulbdial, clock, clock hacks, ESP8266, Microcontrollers, RGB LED, shadow clock, ws2812b | Leave a comment

Hands-On: New Nvidia Jetson Nano is More Power In A Smaller Form Factor

Today, Nvidia released their next generation of small but powerful modules for embedded AI. It’s the Nvidia Jetson Nano, and it’s smaller, cheaper, and more maker-friendly than anything they’ve put out before.

The Jetson Nano follows the Jetson TX1, the TX2, and the Jetson AGX Xavier, all very capable platforms, …read more

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