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Steampunk Planetarium Clockby Geoffrey Gill This unique timekeeper will have you seeing stars ... even the same skies the Spanish missionaries observed back in the 1600s!
Build the Chirper — The Best Turn Signal Monitor Ever!by Mike Huddleston Inadvertently leaving a turn signal on is both confounding and downright dangerous. Let this simple analog device keep you in the driver’s seat.
Compiled Basic for the PIC On a Shoestringby Thomas Henry Free yourself from Assembler and learn how to set up a complete integrated environment for writing, compiling, and burning Basic programs into just about any PIC — for “basically” free.
Techknowledgey by Jeff Eckert Events, Advances, and News Read about a USB magnifier that aids inspection, an ion engine for mini satellites, a device that can make anything a speaker, plus some other cool stuff.
Near Space by L. Paul Verhage Approaching the Final Frontier A Simpler-to-Make Near Space Flight Computer.
Q&A by Russell Kincaid Reader Questions Answered Here Answers to questions on a pet-safe invisible fence and a solar phone battery charger, just to name a few.
Smiley’s Workshop by Joe Pardue Fritzing With the Arduino — Part 4 Last month, we continued learning about Fritzing — a novice-friendly electronics hardware design package — useful for things like designing shields for an Arduino.We got better acquainted with Fritzing features and learned how to create some parts.This month, we'll go deeper into making parts with Fritzing.
The Spin Zone by Jon Williams Let There Be Colorful Lights! It wouldn't be an end-of-year (well, my end-of-year) column without a discussion on lighting, would it? I really enjoy animated lighting control and the Propeller is an excellent platform for it. This month, I'm going to show you how to use the Propeller to control RGB LEDs with an interesting little driver chip called the WS2801.
The Design Cycle by Fred Eady Give Your Data Radio the AX8052F100 There are microcontrollers that specialize in motor control and those that excel in number crunching. In this installment of Design Cycle, we are going to closely examine a microcontroller that was designed to drive RF ICs.