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
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.
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.
This is a smaller, indoor version of something that I've considered doing. I've been interested in hydroponics since reading older Heinlein, Asimov, and Norton sci-fi, and how it could combine air and water recycling, along with providing food.
So one of the more common chips that are used to control DC motors and Steppers is the L293D. It's a really simple chip, that's not too bad to hook up. Used with the Stepper.h library that ships with Arduino it's pretty darned easy to use.
This is something that I've been asked several times, usually by people who aren't into electronics. The thing is, the people who have asked me are almost always really into making/crafts or DIY, or something similar...things that Arduino is just great for!
Feedspot has put out a "Top 20 Arduino Blogs on the Planet" post, and somehow they put me at #17.
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
So, for those of you who have been following me since I started this last month (both of you), I'm getting ready to actually begin creating video content, as well as the occasional blog.