The Coming of the Age of the Maker FPGA Board – Hackster’s Blog

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

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That Light Project…

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.

Prototype Build: Camera Light

This may look like a duplicate post, but it's actually something different. This is a step that I sometimes skip, but usually like to do if I have the parts. It's basically a rough build where I can see what mistakes I'm making before I do the "final" build. I look at it as the breadboard prototype is sort of like an outline for a paper that you write. It gives you the basics. The prototype build is sort of a first draft. It is your paper, but it's nowhere near ready to turn in. And then the final build is the finished product...not to say that it still wouldn't be further improved and iterated on, but that's just where the analogy breaks down.

Project: Camera Lighting – Prototyping

Here, I'm going to step through the prototyping process of getting this to work. Step 1:  The Power I like to set up the power component of my projects first, since if that doesn't work, I'm not going anywhere. Using PCBs with breadboards without soldering isn't all that friendly, but you can make it work… Continue reading Project: Camera Lighting – Prototyping

ioLinker FPGA Update!

This is sort of a reminder post. I wrote a more in-depth article about these iolinker boards earlier, and their Kickstarter campaign is set to end, at the time I'm writing this, in 69 hours. They only need about $700 at this point! This thing is so close to becoming funded, and a reality. I just bumped up my pledge a little bit. It wasn't big before, and it still isn't, but every little bit helps when you're this close.