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  • Keeping complexity in check with embedded code generators

    Keeping complexity in check with embedded code generators

    Raspberry Pi and today's MCUs have much in common as they seek to reduce complexity for developers. Though their intricacies can become a challenge, modern embedded code generators can help.

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  • Kotlin, a new language for Android

    Kotlin, a new language for Android

    Kotlin is a newer programming language for Android. It appears to have been adopted by Google.

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  • Student Competitions Fuel Next-Gen Engineers

    Student Competitions Fuel Next-Gen Engineers

    Between 2014 and 2024, the number of STEM jobs will grow by 17%, compared to 12% anticipated growth for non-STEM jobs, reports Change the Equation. To keep up, young people must be more prepared

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  • The Adafruit Trinket: A tiny dev board for when a few I/O pins is enough

    The Adafruit Trinket: A tiny dev board for when a few I/O pins is enough

    The board features an ATtiny85 microcontroller for processing, giving it 8K of flash memory and five available I/O pins.

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  • Making the leap from Arduino to Raspberry Pi: Initial use experience

    As mentioned in my last article, I have a decent amount of experience with Arduino boards, and quite a bit more with industrial programmable logic con...

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  • Free MakerPro stuff: What's the real cost?

    Free MakerPro stuff: What's the real cost?

    Perhaps I should start this article off by talking about my "free" dog, Evie. My wife and I adopted her at no cost when she was few weeks old, and she...

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  • Modify a servo for continuous rotation

    Modify a servo for continuous rotation

    You've probably seen hobby-style servos are used in many DIY and MakerPro projects. Cheap, and accurate enough for many applications, they're used in...

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  • Go wireless with Bluetooth control

    Go wireless with Bluetooth control

    If you've been experimenting with development boards like the Arduino Uno, turning on a light automatically can be useful, and there is a wide variety...

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  • MakerPros: Keep selling yourself

    MakerPros: Keep selling yourself

    You may have heard the phrase in sales, "always be closing," conveniently abbreviated "ABC." As a MakerPro, I don't think that phrase, though easily a...

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  • You want to play with lasers? Take safety seriously

    You want to play with lasers? Take safety seriously

    If you grew up in the 1980s (or likely earlier) and were interested in technology whatsoever, you probably thought lasers were pretty awesome. Portray...

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  • Sell your MakerPro products on Tindie

    Sell your MakerPro products on Tindie

    So you've made something that you think the world - or at least a small segment of it - would be interested in. In other words, you want to go from Ma...

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  • 3D printing explained, and how it will rock the world

    3D printing explained, and how it will rock the world

    3D printing is not just one process. "3D printing" and "additive manufacturing" are umbrella terms for many different technologies and processes. Each...

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  • IoT continues momentum as new integration in MCUs emerges

    Wireless connectivity is a big driver in the world of IoT. Combining wireless protocols with compute power, power management, and sensor technologies...

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  • A quick tool for design ideas to hardware

    Makers, electronics hobbyists, and professional design engineers always have ideas, and I'm sure all of you have at least one sketched out on a piece...

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  • Low-cost embedded development kits accelerate design cycles

    Increasing time-to-market pressures have led to the availability of full-featured microcontrollers, sometimes called system-on-chip (SoC) processors....

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  • A history of development kits and community support

    Back as a fresh-faced 18-year-old in his first days in the embedded industry, I quickly learnt students and hobbyists were considered little more than...

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  • Fostering communities around development kits

    One element that makes the maker/development board space great is the communities. There is always someone who can help you with an issue, a plethora...

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  • Software is key differentiator for IoT dev kits

    Off-the-shelf development kits have become a keystone for many Internet of Things (IoT) developers, as their integrated hardware, software, and connec...

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  • Robotics competition teaches the skills and mindset to be a great engineer

    Robotics competition teaches the skills and mindset to be a great engineer

    Robots are a fun way to introduce practical, hands-on engineering with visible results that keep budding engineers coming back for more. And with the...

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  • Leveraging the (free) power of Windows 10 for the IoT on the Raspberry Pi 2 and other development kit platforms

    Inexpensive development kits and free/open source software and tools are making project development cheaper and easier than ever. The low-cost dev kit...

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