– Electronic parts inventory management software for makers

We stumbled upon which offers a free service for parts inventory management for both hobbyists and professionals.

It’s an application that allows you to keep track of your electronic components. Ever wondered where that chip was? Ever ordered components only to discover later that you already have them? PartsBox allows you to easily manage parts inventory. – Electronic parts inventory management software for makers – [Link]

Wafer pooling: low-cost prototyping service for ICs

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AMS is providing a fast and cost effective IC prototyping service. by Clemens Valens @

The Full Service Foundry division of ams AG announced its fast and cost-efficient IC prototyping service, known as Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) or shuttle run. The prototyping service combines several designs from different customers onto a single wafer to offer significant cost advantages as the costs for wafers and masks are shared among a number of different participants.

Wafer pooling: low-cost prototyping service for ICs – [Link]

Teledyne LeCroy factory tour

Factory tour video of the Teledyne LeCroy factory in in Chestnut Ridge, NY by Sebastian:

Quick look both at & inside the brand new Tektronix TSG4106 6 GHz vector signal generator. They say real beauty lies on the inside and this beauty certainly measures up, inside and out.

Teledyne LeCroy factory tour – [Link]

RedBear Duo: A small and powerful Wi-Fi + BLE IoT board


A thumb-sized, Particle-powered, Cloud-connected IoT board with Wi-Fi + BLE that supports Arduino, JavaScript and soon Python too!

The Duo is a thumb-size development board designed to simplify the process of building Internet of Things (IoT) products. The Duo provides everything you need—Wi-Fi, BLE and a powerful Cloud backend, all in a compact form factor that makes it ideal for your first prototype, a finished product, and everything in between.

We’re also introducing the RBLink, an expansion board for the Duo that allows you to attach additional sensors and modules without any soldering. You’ll have all the tools you need to get your prototype up and running in no time.

RedBear Duo: A small and powerful Wi-Fi + BLE IoT board – [Link]

One step closer to the ‘ultimate battery’


Erica Torres @ discuss about lithium-air batteries that looks promising for future use.

Although scientists are still working toward replacing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries with lithium-air (Li-air), or lithium-oxygen, batteries, researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a lab-based demonstrator of such a battery. It is safe to say we still have another decade before we can begin to utilize such powerful batteries as scientists work to make sure it is stable enough for widespread use.

One step closer to the ‘ultimate battery’ – [Link]

Making PCB Vias using conductive ink


Here’s an alternative method for making PCB vias using conductive ink from Diyouware:

We developed an alternative method for making PCB vias through-hole using our robot.
As you probably know the traditional DIY method consists in threading a wire through the holes and then soldering it and then cutting it off. For example, if we have 100 vias in our PCB, we have to insert the thin wire on each hole, cut it and solder it 200 times. This is time-consuming, but also tedious, absurd, prone to failures and produces a melancholic state of mind.:-)
So we decide to innovate in this area developing a new method which consists in drilling blind vias instead of holes and filling them with conductive ink.

Making PCB Vias using conductive ink – [Link]

ATmega Alarm Clock & Thermometer Humidity meter


nitram147 @ has build a ATmega based alarm clock with temperature and humidity reading. Sensor used is DHT11.

First, let me introduce you my project. I made an Alarm clock with extended functionality & thermometer and humiditymeter. Everything started when my friend (who used to bring me some old electronic rubbish and I used to check if there’s not something useful) brought me some cashing register display similar like that. When I first see them I knew that I will made from it alarm clock.

ATmega Alarm Clock & Thermometer Humidity meter – [Link]

Temperature Monitor with ESP8266


anistor @ has build an ESP8266 based temperature monitor system using DS18B20 sensor.

This project will help you create a temperature monitor using an ESP8266 SoC and a temperature sensor (DS18B20) with next capabilities:

Measure Temperature
Send an email if temperature goes under a threshold
Monitor temperature and set threshold from a mobile App

Temperature Monitor with ESP8266 – [Link]

HDC1050 – low power Humidity and Temperature sensor


The HDC1050 from Texas Instruments is a tiny 3 mm square combined humidity and temperature sensor. It can operate from a supply rail of 3 to 5 V and offers an accuracy of ±3 % on relative humidity measurement and ±0.2 ºC on temperature measurements. The typical supply current is 1.2 µA while operating at one sample per second and 100 nA in sleep mode.

HDC1050 – low power Humidity and Temperature sensor – [Link]

Mobilinkd – Highly mobile packet radio


If you enjoy APRS (the Automatic Packet Reporting System) in US and Canada this device will make your life easier. All you need is the tiny board, your radio and an Android phone.

Introducing the Mobilinkd Bluetooth APRS® TNC. With your radio, your Android phone and this TNC, you have everything you need to get started with APRS — all at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated APRS® radio, and with a better user interface than any APRS® HT on the market.

Mobilinkd – Highly mobile packet radio – [Link]