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  • For the Professional Maker: Custom Rotary Input Device Revamped for 2019

    I’d had my eyes open for components to use in the new design, and when Mellbell gave me one of their tiny HID-capable PICO boards, using it on a new custom controller came to mind almost immediately.

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  • Embedded World 2019 Highlights - Part One

    A key trade show in the electronic design engineering community, Embedded World is where people come to meet and exchange the latest information, products, ideas, and technology.

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  • Challenges of Building an Omni Wheel Robot

    Challenges of Building an Omni Wheel Robot

    You may wonder why wheels that roll at 90º to their traditional axis, and their 45° Mecanum cousins, aren’t more commonly used in industry and high-end robotics. For one thing, they're expensive.

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  • Smart Products Need Smart Development

    Smart Products Need Smart Development

    Today’s projects face a maze of choices to speed development, avoid errors, and shorten time to market. A platform-based approach can guide a team to success through the route's many twists and turns.

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  • Microchip AC164160 Secure IoT Sensor Node

    Microchip AC164160 Secure IoT Sensor Node

    This development/evaluation board features Wi-Fi connectivity, an ATmega4808 processor, and an ATECC608A cryptographic co-processor to restrict data to authorized users and systems.

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  • “Arduino” Pro Micro ATmega32U4 Dev Board

    “Arduino” Pro Micro ATmega32U4 Dev Board

    While Arduino compatible programming-wise, this board isn’t actually made by Arduino, and can instead be found on SparkFun in both a 3.3V and 5V variants.

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  • For the Professional Maker: If You Speak Arduino, Processing Takes Things to the Next Level

    If you’ve been using Arduino boards—or, more generally programming in the Arduino IDE—you already know the basics of programming in Processing.

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  • For the Professional Maker: Striking Out on Your Own: 2 Years In

    While I won’t go into specifics, on average I’ve been able to make what I consider a reasonable living writing about technology as well as the occasional engineering/DIY project. The key is average.

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  • For the Professional Maker: 3D-Printing, Ready for Your Prototyping Needs

    For the Professional Maker: 3D-Printing, Ready for Your Prototyping Needs

    As an engineer who graduated knowing how to use a mill and lathe, I’ve mostly viewed this technology as a curiosity with potential to be an amazing tool sometime far in the future.

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  • For the Professional Maker: Zelda themed heart lights up via Twitter and IFTTT

    For the Professional Maker: Zelda themed heart lights up via Twitter and IFTTT

    I decided to make an 8-bit themed heart container from Zelda that people can switch on or off via Twitter.

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  • Simple On-Line Training For Complex Topics

    The basics of deep learning and neural nets, as well as Ada and Spark are handled in a refreshing manner.

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  • For the Professional Maker: Python for physical computing applications

    For the Professional Maker: Python for physical computing applications

    Interestingly, the basics of router “G-code” isn’t that complicated, simply telling your cutting head to move from one place to another. In fact, it’s possible—and very tedious—to write it by hand.

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  • For the Professional Maker: Wireless Bluetooth control and programming for your next Arduino project

    For the Professional Maker: Wireless Bluetooth control and programming for your next Arduino project

    Inexpensive Bluetooth serial modules can accomplish serial control and feedback wirelessly, or even program it without a physical connection.

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  • For the Professional Maker: Rocket launcher Strandbeest

    For the Professional Maker: Rocket launcher Strandbeest

    As I write this, the Fourth of July is coming up, a time when Americans are encouraged to light and observe pyrotechnic devices in abundance.

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  • 4D Systems releases LCD display modules for Raspberry Pi

    The gen4-4DPI series of LCD display modules are specifically designed to support Raspberry Pi.

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  • For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Pixy2 vision system

    For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Pixy2 vision system

    While you undoubtedly have some familiarity with computer vision, normally these systems come packaged as either an expensive industrial setup.

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  • For the Professional Maker: What you need to know about going to production with a Raspberry-Pi-based design

    For the Professional Maker: What you need to know about going to production with a Raspberry-Pi-based design

    So you’ve been experimenting with the Raspberry Pi single-board computer for years, and you've finally come up with an application that others would be willing to pay for.

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  • 2018 Top Embedded Innovator – Jason Kridner, BeagleBoard.org

    2018 Top Embedded Innovator – Jason Kridner, BeagleBoard.org

    Jason Kridner, Co-Founder of BeagleBoard.org and a 2018 Top Embedded Innovator, explains how “Making” has become perhaps the most effective means of educating young engineers.

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  • For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Lattice Modular Embedded Vision Development Kit

    For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Lattice Modular Embedded Vision Development Kit

    Machine vision has been around in practical terms since the early 1980s, with experiments in this technology dating back even earlier. In the beginning, even reading a single letter took many seconds.

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  • element14 community announces winners of Pi Chef Design Challenge

    Community members leveraged the Raspberry Pi development board to demonstrate their creativity in the kitchen.

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