Paperino, The ePaper Display Shield

ePaper displays (EPDs) are becoming a trend in application, just like the display used in Amazon Kindle, for their low power consumption due to the to the underlying ‘bistable’ display technology. These displays can continue to show information without any power at all. It is only required while updating the display with new information, otherwise there won’t be any power consumption. Providing such revolut ...

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FPV drone teardown

My lower-midrange Hubsan X4+ FPV drone got stuck in a tree in the middle of winter. We managed to knock it down a couple of months ago (the drone, not the tree), while there was still lots of snow to cushion the fall. After weathering the elements for over a month, it appeared to be mostly fine, except…one motor was seized. On the plus side – teardown excuse. I confess this isn’t a full teardown. The 720p c ...

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How to install ExaGear Desktop Trial on Odroid

Odroid is a great development mini PC board to make different IoT or other tech projects on. Needless to describe all the advantages of this marvelous device, as any reader of this post is likely to be really into this growing community. But if you are new to these boards, there are a bunch of resources to educate yourself. Read their Odroid magazine, ask questions on their forum and explore the details on ...

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Researchers Developed Highly Durable Washable And Stretchable Solar Cells

Scientists of Japanese research institute RIKEN and the University of Tokyo have successfully developed a product that allows solar cells to continue to provide solar power after being washed, stretched and compressed. Takao Someya of Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science, a designated national R&D Institute in Japan, led the research team. The research results were published in the journal Nature En ...

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Reverse engineering the 76477 sound effect chip

Remember the old video game Space Invaders? Some of its sound effects were provided by a chip called the 76477 Complex Sound Generation chip. While the sound effects1 produced by this 1978 chip seem primitive today, it was used in many video games, pinball games. But what's inside this chip and how does it work internally? By reverse-engineering the chip from die photos, we can find out. (Photos courtesy of ...

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Arduino-Controlled 12V Battery Charger

The circuit presented here can automatically charge a 12V, 7Ah battery, or above. Special features of the charger are as follows. It automatically controls the charging current as per the status of the battery. Battery voltage level as well as charging status are indicated on the LCD display. The charger maintains float voltage, if battery is fully charged. Arduino identifies status of the battery connectio ...

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GnuBee Personal Cloud 2

Para ello, permite reducir sustancialmente el precio de un NAS comercial convencional, lo cual es muy interesante para el desarrollo de soluciones a medida y para el ámbito del I+D. The GnuBee Personal Cloud 2 (GB-PC2) is a network-attached storage (NAS) device specifically engineered to run free, libre, open source software (FLOSS). The GB-PC2 has all the functionality of any commercial, proprietary NAS, b ...

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Printed Two-Dimensional Transistors

Researchers from AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) and Trinity College (Dublin), together with the TU Delft have succeeded in producing printed transistors, which are made solely from two-dimensional nano materials. These materials have characteristics with much promise and, importantly, can also be produced very cheaply. Possible applications for this procedure are food packaging with ...

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ARM CoreSight SoC-600, The Future of Debug

Debugging is an important part of the design process that is necessary to identify and fix errors. Over the decades, debug tools had evolved providing easier and simpler solutions. Today, ARM introduces CoreSight SoC-600 as the next-generation debug and trace tool that speeds up finding the root of the problem, with less iterations and lower risks. Addressing the requirements of the increasingly connected w ...

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12-Multi National Digital Clock on Arduino UNO

The presence of 12-Multi-National Digital clocks is very common at the lobby / front desk of star hotels, showing time & dates of several countries where from most of the guests to arrive to stay at the hotel. One common feature of these clocks is that they are majestically looking elegant dial clocks! I tried to achieve that feature using a cheap ATMega-328 alias bare-minimum Arduino UNO microcontrolle ...

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Third version of homemade 6 GHz FMCW radar

Introduction Previously I made a simple frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) radar that was able to detect distance of a human sized object to 100 m. It worked, but as it was made with minimal budget and there was a lot of room for improvement. FMCW radar working principle If you have read my previous articles you should know how FMCW radar works, but for completeness sake short explanation is given b ...

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Researchers Innovated Highly Effective Silicon Microchannel Thermal coolers For Processors

One of the limiting factors for the computing power of processors is the operating temperature. A research team led by Dr. Wolfram Steller, Dr. Hermann Oppermann, and Dr. Jessika Kleff from the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM, has developed a new as well as an efficient cooling method by integrating microchannels into the silicon interposer. For the first time, it is possible t ...

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