by fileark @ electronhacks.com:
BMO from Comedy Central’s Adventure Time is adorable, if only someone would make one that can walk! Atleast we can make one with a personality. Here is a build using easy to get parts including Arduino Pro Mini, Nokia 3310 LCD screen, audio playback, accelerometers, and distance sensors.
The parts added up to around $70.00
DIY Arduino Mini BMO - [Link]
Perhaps the hottest this-year novelty from company Wago – 221 series terminal blocks are here.
Not only in flyers and datasheets, but also in reality – in our stock. That´s why we bring you their description and mainly the first pieces to evaluate.
New series 221 is based on a well-proven technology of contacts – CageClamp-S and it´s partially similar to a favorite series 222, but 221 overcomes this previous series in many ways. Overall, the 221 excels in many aspects. Judge yourself:
- it´s about 40% smaller than series 222
- it´s fully transparent from both sides, thus enables easy visual control of a proper wire insertion
- testing openings are from both sides, what enables easy testing (for example by a multimeter) at various positions in installation boxes, motors,…
- a feelingly lower force is necessary to operate the lever, in comparison to series 222
- huge range of usable diameters from smallest (0,14mm2/0,2mm2), up to 4mm2
- 32A/450V/105°C – usable for 230V and also 400V applications
- possibility to use solid, stranded and fine-stranded wires
- international approvals like ENEC, UL, PSE/JET, CQC, GOST-R
- hollowed-out grips on the side walls for a better grip and easier manipulation during installation
- funnel-like opening for wires, enabling accurate and comfortable insertion of even mild fine-stranded wires
Similarly like series 222, even the new series 221 is available in versions for 2,3 and 5 conductors – 221-412, 221-413 and 221-415. Flat surface of actuation levers also provides additional space for labeling.
Do you know any simpler and more practical solution for any type of wire conductors?
New universal splicing connectors Wago series 221 offer unlimited possibilities of usage. They´re ideally suitable for installations in tiny spaces, connection of stranded wires with solid wires, inner connection in motors, pumps and other devices with possible vibrations.
Detailed description can be found in the Wago 221 datasheet.
High currents, small spaces – a breeze for Wago 221 - [Link]
At the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco Intel’s Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich announced how a broad set of computing initiatives and projects would allow the company to move quickly into new market segments where everything is smart and connected. He showcased the Edison development board which the company first announced back in January. It was planned to be the size of a full size SD card but the finished article is slightly bigger. The board measures 25 x 35.5 mm, about half the size of an Arduino UNO
Intel Edison Unveiled - [Link]
What could you make with a key fob containing a Bluetooth (BCM20737S) Smart chip, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, barometer and humidity/temperature sensors? Broadcom are hoping their WICED (pronounced wicked) Sense kit will make an ideal development platform for engineers and developers working on the next generation of IoT applications. Together with the hardware Broadcom have an integrated Software Development Kit (SDK) using the WICED Smart SDK v2.1 and a downloadable WICED Sense app from the Apple App store or from Google Play for Android devices to allow interaction with the fob via a smartphone or tablet etc.
Something Wicked this Way Comes - [Link]
Samsung funds Penn State to perfect the 3-D FinFET using III-V materials, which Samsung plans to use at the 5 nanometer node: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog
Samsung Finding U.S. Lab to Advance its 3-D FinFET to 5nm - [Link]
I finally got round playing with my AVRASP v2.0 boards. The ones Sleepwalker3 mentioned. Thanks mate!
I bought three USBASP v2.0 on ebay for under £1.50 each. They each came with a short cable (5×2 sockets at each end). However, they do not come with the JP2 header soldered on. Solder it or you won’t be able to re-flash the on-board ATmega8 chip. JP3 on the other hand has been deprecated. It may still have some use in your own projects. You decide!
Then download some software (this is for Windows): To use the USBASP programmer with the Arduino IDE, you will need to download the driver, latest firmware and WinAVR-20100110-install.
Using a USBASP v2.0 as a cheap ATmega8 Arduino platform - [Link]
by Jan_Henrik @ instructables.com:
Hello, today I want intoduct you to the Freescale Freedom Board with the KL25Z processor. It is a development board, builded and selled by Freescale. It features a ARM® Cortex™-M0+ , working on 48Mhz.
How to get started with the Freescale Freedom KL25Z - [Link]
One thing IBM emphasizes about its neurosynaptic chip is that it works like the “right” brain, which means intuition and jumping to conclusions, whereas the “left” brain works more like a traditional computer: R. Colin Johnson
IBM Builds World’s Biggest Brain-Chip - [Link]
Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios.
A Stanford engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required.
Designed to compute, execute and relay commands, this tiny wireless chip costs pennies to fabricate – making it cheap enough to become the missing link between the Internet as we know it and the linked-together smart gadgets envisioned in the “Internet of Things.”
Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios - [Link]