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N&V April 2010

N&V April 2010
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  • Become a Wiz with Wireless Ethernet Devices by Fred Eady
    This month, we are going to design and construct the first device of the next generation of embedded wireless Ethernet devices. While we’re at it, we’ll also lay the groundwork for incorporating Microchip’s 16-bit line of microcontrollers into future Design Cycle projects.

Projects

  • Build the VEX Two-Digit Scoreboard by Ben Graham
    Follow the construction of this unique scoreboard that you can add to any of your own projects.
  • Using a 128x64 Graphics Display with Your 16-Bit Micro Experimenter by Thomas Kibalo
    In the Feb ’10 issue, we introduced you to the new Experimenter Module. This time, we’ll show you how to add an LCD display that allows you to have graphics and text at the same time.
  • Experiments with Alternative Energy by John Gavlik
    Learn the fundamentals of renewable energy through this educational series. This month: Experimenting with the WindPitch Wind Turbine.
  • Program Small Devices With Big Abilities by Jan Axelson
    Learn how to use the .NET Micro Framework in your projects.

Columns

  • Techknowledgey by Jeff Eckert
    TechKnowledgey 2010
    Topics covered include the fastest graphene transistor, turning your HDTV into a videophone, a flytrap that eats cesium, plus some other stuff you’ll find interesting.
  • PICAXE Primer by Ron Hackett
    Programming the MAX7219 LED Display Driver
    This month, we’ll experiment with three different programs for our display and one for our 28X1 master processor. First, we’ll try out a simple program to count from 0 to 9999, and then we’ll throw in a little “zero-blanking” for good measure.
  • Q&A by Russell Kincaid
    Reader Questions Answered Here
    A cheap strobe, thermometer repair, re-using old transformers, solar light, plus more.
  • Smiley’s Workshop by Joe Pardue
    Smileys Workshop: An AVR C Programming Series (Part 21)
    Breadboarduino.
  • Open Communication by Louis E. Frenzel
    Shortwave Listening: What it is, how to do it, and what to buy
    Once the vacuum tube came along, radio really took off and stations sprung up around the world. Even with a simple radio, you could hear local and far away stations.Today, there are still many of us who like to do this. The activity is shortwave listening (SWL) and it is both fun and a challenge.

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