Two years ago, before Lockitron and all of its competitors arrived, I went to college. During college, I created many prototypes of an electronic door lock that I detail below.
Lights are a necessity if you are going to be on the road at night. This applies to anything that moves–car, bike or pedestrian. I will document how I compared designs and settled on assembling a design based on Revolights for about $40/wheel. I call them SparkleLights.
In this video, I provide a complete tutorial on how to assemble your own stair lighting, featuring block diagram, code overview, testing and final layout. Code and schematic can be found on this page.
In this video, I show how I solved my hourly hydration problem by wiring a transistor to a water pump behind my desk. I describe three different ways of switching: MOSFETs, BJTs and relays. I then skim over logic gates and show how I added lighting to my bedroom.
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I recently finished creating the brand new UCR CS120B Parts Kit! It took me a very long President’s Day weekend to write all the documentation, but in the end, I created a very general-purpose parts kit and produced many how-to articles Adafruit style!
I recently received a new Samsung Galaxy S3. Coming to Android 4.1.1 from three years of iOS is quite liberating. The phone just gives you so many more customization options and control. Amongst all the new features though, I really like the power usage meter under Settings > Battery. It presents a nice graph that shows battery charge over time and the applications using the most power. I thought it would be fun to interpret the data a bit and calculate the “full charge time” and the charge rate in mA. My calculations are below:
For low quantities of PCBs, there are two main services available that I am aware of: OSH Park and iTead Studio. They have their pros and cons, but a new kid has come onto the block: circuits.io. They use OSH Park’s facility, but have a different pricing formula. I have done some analysis to find the best vendor for the project.