One thing that I'm not terribly good at is soldering. I do it a lot, and I improve every time I work with it. At this point, I mostly work with through-hole soldering, since it's a lot easier to learn with...and easier to hook up without ordering custom PCBs.
FPGA chips are looking to become more commonplace in the Maker space, which is a definite win for all of us! The smaller boards are reputed to sell at $12-$18, so that's definitely within the average price range for most projects. This is what things like the ioLinker from jinvent.de are leading up to. Read… Continue reading The Coming of the Age of the Maker FPGA Board – Hackster’s Blog
So, Amazon is discontinuing the AStore option as of this October. While I did like having the aStore, and think that it's a great tool...frankly a whopping 2 or 3 people looked at it. So I've decided to go ahead and discontinue my use of it as a monetization strategy. As of today, I've replaced… Continue reading New Store Page
Finally got the video for the unboxing edited and uploaded.
My IOLinker boards from JInvent came in today! <> I'm super excited to see these boards, and can't wait to work with them! I'll have a short "unboxing" type video up soon on YouTube.
Remember that Camera Light project I did back when? (And the actual prototyping, and the concept?) Yeah, I barely do, either. It was a while back. (We've had everything from family emergencies, to illness, to pesky day jobs keeping us hopping around here, with no free time. Yikes!) I did hear from a couple of people that the light had a serious problem, in that there was absolutely no need for a microcontroller.
So this is an incredibly easy review to write. Adafruit makes some great products, and for anyone who makes things that use batteries, this is one of the best of them. (They do have Basic, and 500c/Basic models as well, for less power) There are dozens of battery charging solutions out there that you can add to your projects, but this product has more features than any other single solution that I've seen.
Now here's a simple, short review of a pretty simple tool: the iFixit Jimmy.
Yep, I have. Part of that, was working on the next project that I'll post up here. I'm not going to do a finish-build on the camera light as of yet, since I ordered the wrong LEDs.
Ah, the head magnifier. Most geeky of headware short of LED-enhanced steampunk iris goggles. (Note to self: get/make LED-enhanced steampunk iris goggles!!!) This is not going to win you a fashion award. On the other hand, it's great at things like reducing eye-strain, and reducing errors from misreading incredibly tiny writing on silk-screened PCBs or chips.