Tag Archives: DIY

DIY FPGA Programming

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TC-Engineering has documented their efforts to program a Spartan 6 FPGA using a DIY PCB. The hardware part and software are discussed on the link below.

I’ve been thinking about building stuff with FPGA’s for a while, and usually get turned away because FPGA’s are considerably harder to implement than microcontrollers since they have no on-chip memory. It is necessary to re-program the gates every time they power up, which requires an external flash memory chip. There aren’t great references online for the DIY community, so I figured I’d post how to get this working. Not using dev boards opens a world of opportunities, so I’m a proponent of not using Arduino’s and their FPGA equivalent for too long (sure, they’re good to get started with, but don’t become dependent)

DIY FPGA Programming – [Link]

maker.io – a new website for DIY projects

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Digikey has launched a new website for the maker and DIY world. The aim of this new website is to help people take their ideas from concept to product by providing the tools and resources on every step of the process.

Maker.io was created to help makers understand the phases that occur from concept through production. Digi-Key knows designers will have stumbling blocks throughout the phases, and the main objective of the site is to walk makers through the design-chain “Roadmap” that offers an aggregated community of tools, ideas, solutions, and information that properly meet the needs of the marketplace every step of the way.

maker.io – a new website for DIY projects – [Link]

HacKeyboard – open hardware mechanical keyboard

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msaleiro @ instructables.com tipped us about his latest build. This is an open source mechanical keyboard he has been working for the last 2 years. It may looks like an ordinary keyboard but it has many features embedded. To check them follow the link below. He writes:

It looks like a computer keyboard, and it is, but not an ordinary one. It’s story and hidden functions add a lot more to it. “Under the hood” you’ll find that this keyboard has:

SMK Alps Mount switches
Compact size
Special commands to record up to 12 macros

Internal keylogger

Internal USB Hub

and many more.

HacKeyboard – open hardware mechanical keyboard – [Link]

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device

Combo Breaker is a motorized, battery powered, 3D printed, Arduino-based combination lock cracking device. It is portable, open source, 3D models provided, and exploits a new technique I’ve discovered for cracking combination locks in 8 attempts or less, but in an even more exciting, automated fashion.

DIY Motorized Combo Lock Cracking Device – [Link]

DIY Smart Plant pot

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by Akin Yildiz @ instructables.com:

it was one year ago that i have published the plant pot – world’s first stand alone smart plant pot that can email you when it’s thirsty, cold, hot, sleeping etc.

a lot has changed since the first release. today I would like to share with you our latest and most stable version yet.

DIY Smart Plant pot – [Link]

A Movement in the Making

The maker movement is made up of some 135 million adults in the U.S., however, it’s more than just a U.S. movement. Maker faires that celebrate the movement have popped up in Japan, Italy, Norway, and Chile. Makers use their skills to craft items such as clothing, baked goods, jewelry, and art; contributing $29 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

From 3D printers to laser cutters—makers employ various tools to create their goods. Many gather at makerspaces where they share these resources. Makerspaces are havens for techies, artists, and entrepreneurs. Through crowdfunding, makers are able to facilitate small-scale funding for these gathering spaces.

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A Movement in the Making – [Link]

Custom DIY RFID smart lock

In this video Craig demonstrates his custom DIY RFID smart lock project:

The goal of this project was to design an inexpensive rfid door lock which could be opened via smart phone, and have all activity logged w/o utilizing any 3rd party servers or cloud hosting.

Custom DIY RFID smart lock – [Link]

DIY dynamic electronic load

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A DIY dynamic electronic load by Jay_Diddy_B over at EEVblog Forum:

The dynamic load steps the load current so that the transient response of the power supply being tested can be observed.
Features:
0-5A maximum continuous current
0-5A pulsed current at 330Hz

DIY dynamic electronic load – [Link]

Custom DIY Intel Edison Breakout Board

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by Stephen Edward:

A Simple Breakout board for the edison. Does nothing special except breaks out the 70pin connector to 2.54mm Pins so you can start experimenting with the Edison.

Has an experimenters area so you can solder on things like a regulator or Level shifter.

It also has the bottom side through connectors so that you can daisy change multiple boards or other Edison shields

Custom DIY Intel Edison Breakout Board – [Link]