by Srdjan Misic
YouTube is full of Christmas gift freak-out videos, with kids loosing themselves in episodes of hysterical happiness because they discovered an Xbox or something like that under the tree. Screaming and jumping around the room, completely loosing it.
Although adults, some of us were on the verge of reenacting some of those YouTube classics. Most of all, it’s the guys in the anti-static blue shirts that work in the manufacturing area. The occasion, of course, was the arrival of four brand new machines.
mikroe.com – These are the new machines that tripled our production capabilities - [Link]
OLED Watch v4.2 @ Walltech. John writes-
I just finished writing up my OLED Watch project on my website! I took loads of great pictures, and explained the whole thought process of the project, as well as the hard ware and software behind it! I’ve officially released the board files and the code under the appropriate creative commons licenses, and just wanted to let you know that it’s all now online on walltech.cc! You guys have been strong supporters of my projects and really thank you for that.
The open source hardware and software OLED Watch - [Link]
There is cool contest for EEs, with actual prizes running right now. EEWeb.com is running the “2014 European Design Freedom Contest” (at http://www.eeweb.com/freedomcontest) and the prizes include iPads and iPods as well as a football table, espresso machine, or bike. You’ll get to design projects using the Freescale Freedom Kinetis ARM based development platform.
The contest uses free online tools from Digi-Key. The first part of the contest uses Scheme-It for you to generate a block diagram of your contest entry that uses one of the 10 available Freescale Freedom Platforms; the project can be a solution to a real problem or something novel. This first phase of the contest runs through the end of June.
In the second phase, create a PCB design of your project. You can also go with a software submission using ARM mbed studio online software (mbed.org). The 2nd phase runs through Oct 10th.
EEWeb.com – 2014 European Design Freedom Contest - [Link]
by Scarab Hardware:
If we reach our $30,000 stretch goal, we will be able to hold a competition. We will ask backers who have a miniSpartan6+ to demonstrate a creative, innovative application. We will distribute $2,500+ in cash prizes, and winners will be chosen based on polling from social media and experts from academia and the industry.
When? The contest will be held 1 month after we deliver our boards ( if everything moves smoothly, in October 2014.
Where? All around the world – online. Build your project, document it, film it working, and you are in.
Guidelines? No conditions except using your miniSpartan6+ in your project.
Get Creative with the miniSpartan6+ : A Competition with $2500+ in cash prizes!!! - [Link]
Markus Gritsch build another bedside table alarm clock, the schematic and source code is available here:
recently some vintage bubble displays popped up at various places , so I felt the urge to build another bedside table alarm clock, this time a really tiny one, roughly the size of an AAA battery.
Bubble display alarm clock - [Link]
As promised we have built a transceiver USB dongle, for receiving data from various sensors like, smart meters, smoke detectors and temperature/humidity sensors. We’ll provide some code examples on how this trasciever can be used, and software for decoding data from diferent sensors enumerated above.
USB RF 433.92 MHz Transceiver module - [Link]
Trochilidesign @ instructables.com writes:
This Instructable will show you how I built my CNC milling machine. I know a lot of CNC dreamers do not have the knowledge or tools to build a full metal machine. I still think and hope this Instructable inspires you to make your own machine. I include all of the necessary steps I went through in designing and building this CNC milling machine. All of the drawings I used to build my machine will be available.
Building your own CNC router/milling machine - [Link]
This project is based on the 0-30 VDC Stabilized Power Supply with Current Control 0.002-3 A and a new PCB layout is introduced here. It’s a stabilized power supply with variable output voltage in the range 0-30Vdc (33Vdc peak) – and variable current 3A and is ideal for your laboratory power supply.
0-30V Laboratory Power Supply - [Link]
Tutorial – MicroLipo and MiniLipo Battery Chargers @ The Adafruit Learning System.
Sooner or later you’ll need to cut the cord…the power cord! Untether your electronic project from the tyranny of the wall adapter and take it out into the world. That’s where batteries come in, and you may have been seduced by the high power density, large current capabilites and recharge-ability of Lithium Polymer or Lithium Ion batteries. These battery chemistries have quickly become the most popular rechargeable batteries in consumer products, powering everything from keychain mp3 players to huge laptops.
Tutorial – MicroLipo and MiniLipo Battery Chargers - [Link]