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News

So much has happened recently that the Roundup of New Maker Products is split into two. This is all the rest of the stuff. So, go and hide your wallets! Continue reading Weekly Roundup #64 – New Maker Products→
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So much has happened recently that the Roundup of New Maker Products is split into two. This is all the Crowd Funding and Tindie stuff. So, go and hide your wallets! Continue reading Weekly Roundup #63 – New Maker Products→
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This first Weeky Roundup of the year and we're already seeing lots of new goodies from SBCs, to WiFi modules, but really a tonne of new SBCs. Continue reading Weekly Roundup #62: New Maker Products // News→
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Reviews

There's been a lot of speculation from the SBC community about what the Raspberry Pi 4 will look like and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has really kept the lid on it. However, I was recently given a pretty honorable opportunity. To road-test a prototype of the Raspberry Pi 4. Yeah!
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The NanoPi NEO4 is probably the smallest RK3399 based SBC on the market currently. Does it have enough to take on the competition? Find out in this video. Continue reading NanoPi NEO4: Smallest RK3399 SBC. What is real, NEO? // Review→
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The Orange Pi RK3399 is yet another board to join the ranks of RockChip RK3399 based SBCs. In true Orange Pi fashion, they give you everything, but is this SBC worth it? Continue reading Orange Pi RK3399: HDMI recording on a budget // Review→
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Projects

Ever wanted a really small and cheap projector that can fit in your pocket? Here's a quick project to make a Raspberry Pi Zero W based pocket projector. Continue reading Build a Pi Zero W pocket projector! // Project→
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This quick project shows you how to build an MQTT controlled RGB LED matrix panel in under 30 minutes, but I reckon it should take you a lot less. Continue reading Build an MQTT based RGB LED panel! // Project→
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Do you want to be able to send an SMS over 20kms without using a mobile phone network? Here's one small project you can knock up in less than a day allowing you to send an SMS over LoRa. Continue reading SMS over LoRa: Long distance SMS without 4G //
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Tutorials

If you're a fan of GoLang then your options are limited in the embedded world. So, here's a couple of options for you with a working bare metal example for an STM32 MCU written entirely in Go. Continue reading Running GoLang on an STM32 MCU. A quick tutorial.→
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This is the second part of my video on building a simple PCB using EasyEDA. This time we'll be taking a look at how to use a solder stencil, placing SMD components, soldering using kitchen equipment and how to fix up your mistakes. Continue reading Make a PCB from scratch
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A follow-up to my video tutorial: "Program an Atmel SAM without an IDE". I've created a Docker container on GitHub with a complete ASF build chain. Ready to go. Go for it! Continue reading Atmel Software Framework and build chain in a Docker container→
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Mailbags

I'm still in reno mode, so only a couple of quick things in this mailbag. The new EEVBlog 121GW multimeter, cheap spycam hacking, the failed WiFi temperature shower head and Unexpected Maker's WS2812 7 segment display. Continue reading MickMake Mail #32: EEVBlog 121GW, spycam hacking and other bits.→
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This week's mailbag I'm looking at the Pirl charger, motorized sliders and 6,720 LEDs from a dumpster dive. Nice. Continue reading MickMake Mail #31: Pirl charger, LEDs & motor faders // News→
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