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Who Stepped Up When the Chips Were Down?

Who Stepped Up When the Chips Were Down?

It’s been another tumultuous year in the world of embedded electronics. Supply chain snags have scarcely relented, while new chips jostle for position as the maker’s go-to. Meanwhile, lots of exciting new boards, software, and other technologies let us continue to innovate. Let’s survey the maker landscape and see who stepped up when the chips were […]

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Smart Swaps For Hard To Find Boards

Smart Swaps For Hard To Find Boards

We can’t hardly wait for the chip shortage to be over and dev boards to be abundant again, but instead of waiting for somebody to fix the supply chain, we’ve gathered a list of near substitutes and potential replacements for your next project. Unsatisfied with back-orders for your favorite Raspberry Pi or Arduino? Use the […]

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A Perfect Circle: An LED “supergroup” Collaborates on the Lux Lavalier

A Perfect Circle: An LED “supergroup” Collaborates on the Lux Lavalier

Mad Season, Cream, Prophets of Rage, the Traveling Wilburys — what do they have in common? Perhaps it’s that you’ve never heard of them, but they are also all supergroups — successful artists teaming up to create something new and exciting. In the world of LEDs, instead of Layne Staley, Tom Morello, and Tom Petty, […]

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Arduino Brings PLC Features To Their IDE

Arduino Brings PLC Features To Their IDE

There have been several occasions where I’ve been in the presence of electrical engineers, discussing the proliferation of Arduino in the maker community and seeking their thoughts. Often, the conversation turns to the divide between makers tinkering at home and engineers working with PLC systems. For those who are not familiar with PLCs, I’ll keep […]

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Model Mainframe

Model Mainframe

With how important desktop and laptop computers are to the world today, it’s hard to imagine that, not too long ago, they used to be the size of refrigerators and entire rooms. However, Nicolas Temese has found a way to keep the memory of these gigantic machines alive — by shrinking them down to a fraction of […]

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Tears For Twitter: A Clever Raspberry Pi Project

Tears For Twitter: A Clever Raspberry Pi Project

If you haven’t been paying attention to twitter, you might feel a tiny bit lost on this one. I’ll recap simply, without getting political. Many people are leaving the platform based on how the process of Elon Musk taking ownership have unfolded. For a lot of us, this means a bunch of our friends are […]

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