Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer

 

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Raspberry Pi has announced a really cheap micro computer priced at only 5$. You can even get it for free with the December issue of MagPi magazine. Raspberry Pi  Zero runs Raspbian and main features are:

  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
  • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
  • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • Our smallest ever form factor, at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer – [Link]

100MHZ Frequency Counter with PIC16F628A

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This project shows how to build a very simple yet very useful tool that every DIY enthusiast should have in his lab: a 100MHz+ frequency counter.

The schematic is fairly simple and straightforward and uses a PIC16F628A microcontroller for measuring frequency and a high speed comparator for signal amplification and conditioning.

The microcontroller uses its internal 4MHz oscillator for the CPU clock. Timer1 uses an external crystal resonator (watch crystal) with 32768Hz frequency for setting the 1 second time base.

Timer0 is used to count the input signal at pin RA4.

100MHZ Frequency Counter with PIC16F628A – [Link]

PartsBox.io – Electronic parts inventory management software for makers

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We stumbled upon PartsBox.io 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.

PartsBox.io – 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 @ elektormagazine.com:

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

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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’

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Erica Torres @ edn.com 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

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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

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nitram147 @ instructables.com 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

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anistor @ instructables.com 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]