A CUSTOMIZABLE OPEN SOURCE MECHANICAL NUMPAD

Mechanical keyboards with reduced key counts are all the rage these days, but while those streamlined input devices might look cool on your desk, there are times when the traditional number pad or navigation keys are quite handy. Rather than just going without, [Mattia Dal Ben] decided to put together his own mechanical auxiliary input device for when the main board just isn’t cutting it. [Mattia] is callin ...

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PICK AND PLACE FOR TOYS

Toys are great for keeping the kids amused at play time, but oftentimes its difficult to get them to understand the importance of tidying up after themselves. It would naturally be ideal to have some manner of robot to help in this regard, and [Paco Garcia] might just be leading the charge in this area. [Paco]’s project involves combining a robotic arm with computer vision tools in order to allow it to pick ...

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PCB BOARDS- THE THING THAT CHANGED THE WORLD OF ELECTRONICS

In this article we are going to see about what is PCB board and some types of PCB board. A PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) mechanically supports and electrically connects electronic components or electrical components using conductive tracks, pads and other features etched from one or more sheet layers of copper laminated onto and/or between sheet  layers  of  a non-  conductive substrate. Components are genera ...

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ICStripBoard – PCB rapid prototyping tool

ICStripBoard is a innovative cheap tool to enable rapid prototyping of surface mount integrated circuits (IC’s) and allow their usage in prototype electronics projects. Inline surface mount IC’s come in a Variety of packages which are different sizes and these Printed Circuit Boards (PCB’s) have been designed to accommodate the majority of IC’s. Available in the four standard IC pitches (space between IC pi ...

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MKR1000 RGB Strip Controller

Using the power of a winning idea, an MKR1000, and a TLC5940 to add RGB lighting to my workspace. Things used in this project Hardware components Arduino MKR1000 Texas Instruments TLC5940 12V 30A Power Supply Software apps and online services Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Arduino IDE Hand tools and fabrication machines Soldering iron (generic) Story Created for the World's Largest Arduino Maker's Contest Bac ...

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Circuit Board Design for Beginners

By: Alex Danovich,President San Francisco Circuits We live in an exciting time where we see a resurgence in electronics as a hobby. Mass production has wiped out a generation or two of kids learning to build radios from scratch with their mom or dad. In the good old days, not sure when, you had companies like Heathkit walk you through building a full size color TV at home, for example. “Yes, I made that!” y ...

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Nuclear physics applied in smoke detectors

Not many people know, but in some smoke detectors, radioactive materials play an essential role. Today I will present one of those devices, and my -successful- attempt to reverse engineer it and get the circuit diagram. Those smoke detectors use a small amount of Americium-241 (chemical symbol: Am) obtained in nuclear reactors as a decay product of Plutonium-241. Am241 emits mainly alpha particles, but also ...

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Top Ten Online Circuit Simulators

Online circuit simulators are getting more popular day by day. Electronics hobbyists, as well as professionals, use circuit simulators often to design and check circuit diagrams. The best thing about online simulator is, you don’t have to install anything at all on your PC or laptop. All you need is a browser and a stable internet connection. Work from anywhere just by opening the online circuit simulator w ...

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Low Cost, High Quality PCB by PCBWay

PCB Quality Control Almost every electronic device now a days is powered by one or more printed circuit boards (PCBs). Simply, we can say PCBs are the heart of electronic devices. Hence, the quality and reliability of PCB are directly correlated with the quality and reliability of the electronic device. For example, flaws in defining characteristics such as size and power consumption not only directly impac ...

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DIY Arduino Motor Driver Shield

In this DIY session, we make an Arduino Motor Driver Shield to drive DC motors, stepper motor and Servo Motor. Compatible with Arduino UNO and Arduino Mega, this motor driver shield can operate 4 DC motors or 1 stepper motor and 2 servo motors at a time. Here two L293D Motor Driver ICs are used for driving motors and an 8-bit shift register for controlling them. Components Required Motor Driver IC L293D -2 ...

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Homebrew Multimode Digital Voice Modem adapter

During experiments with digital voice mode in hamradio I discovered a nice project describing an adapter for D-Star, DMR and other digital modes based on an Arduino Due and a little PCB to be put on top. This unit is called the Multimode Digital Voice Modem or MMDVM (see [1]). It seems that this is getting quite popular because hard- and software is Open Source. The units can be ordered from Bruce, VE2GZI f ...

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Smart LED Flashlight

How it works: The flashlight turns on automatic for 60 seconds when it senses that the room is dark enough. To turn on manual light for additional 60 seconds you need to push the RST button. The Light sensing LED Flashlight is invaluable for emergencies such as power failures or blackouts. Step 1: ​The Flashlight Is Invaluable for Emergencies Such As Power Failures or Blackouts. I have assembly several Flas ...

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