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Reader Question: Electrical Engineers, What Is Your Relationship with Maker Boards?
RPi, Arduino, BeagleBone. There are many maker boards—but have you, as an EE, ever used one? Share your stories!
May 27, 2019
Resources for Prototyping: The Basics of New Languages for Programming Microcontrollers
Microcontroller specifications have changed little over the last few decades, but the expansion of languages and supporting software has opened up many choices. Learn about several new...
February 05, 2019
An FPGA in an Arduino? New MKR Vidor 4000 Board Brings FPGA Complexity to Non-EEs
Arduino recently announced a new line of Arduino products and one of them, the MKR Vidor 4000, includes an FPGA. Are makers and FPGAs a match made in heaven? Or will this new board be a swing...
May 29, 2018
Are Designers Still Using the Vortex86? Two Places an Old CPU Showed Up at CES 2018
Among the robots and self-driving cars at CES 2018, a bit of old technology made a surprising appearance: the Vortex86 Series CPU.
February 08, 2018
Breakdown on Piezo Actuators from TDK at CES 2018
TDK has just released a new line of piezo actuators with haptic feedback. The PiezoHap comes in three compact sizes - 2.5G, 7G, and 15G, with a large acceleration of 2.5 g. 7 g, and 15 g,...
January 26, 2018
Arduino Cinque Brings Together RISC-V and the Popular Arduino Platform
Open source hardware met open source instruction set architecture this month when SiFive announced the Arduino Cinque—an Arduino development board based off the RISC-V ISA....
May 29, 2017
Intro to the Arduino XBee Shield
The XBee Shield provides an interface to the XBee which adds wireless communication to an Arduino project.
April 25, 2017
ASUS Moves Its Tinker Board into Raspberry Pi’s SBC Domain
ASUS, the Taiwanese hardware and electronics company known for their desktops, laptops, monitors, graphics cards, and more has decided they're going to delve into the micro-PC market....
April 07, 2017
February Hardware Crowdfunding Roundup
Here is a look at some of the most interesting crowdfunding campaigns this month on Kickstarter, featuring a USB hot multi-tool, a power oriented microcontroller, and an FPGA based prototyping...
February 26, 2017
Open Source RISC-V Architecture Makes Strides Towards Customizable SoCs
The RISC-V footprint is expanding with the commercial availability of open-source chips and related development boards from silicon startups like SiFive and OnChip....
December 07, 2016
Using a Customizable Interface Development Tool with Arduino
Development tools that let you create drag-and-drop interface tools for Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects are quite popular. I got my hands on one and here's how it went....
November 24, 2016
The Affordable LiDAR Movement—Researchers Aim to Drastically Reduce Sensor Costs
As of today, we are always looking to innovate our products as well as create new ones to make things more simplistic. Whether it be fully autonomous vehicles, agriculture, or marine surveying,...
September 29, 2016
Edison vs. Arduino? Intel’s Bid to Build a Community for IoT Prototyping
Intel's design competition with Hardware Academy aims to make Edison a preferred platform for IoT prototyping, but could Edison ever have Aruino's level of community support?...
August 11, 2016
SubPos Kickstarter for Sub-Meter Indoor Positioning System
The SubPos Ranger is a Kickstarter campaign to manufacture an open source Indoor Positioning System intended for hobbyist robotics applications that need sub-meter positioning accuracy....
August 02, 2016
The Top 6 Arduino-Compatible Boards for Your Next Project
A list of some Arduino compatible boards that can be incorporated into a project.
July 30, 2016
An Introduction to the Open Source Hardware Community
If you're not familiar with the open source hardware community, this is a good place to get started.
May 27, 2016
These Arduino Projects want you to Smell Them!
Arduinos are now being used to produce smells, although, some applications are more scientific than others.
April 13, 2016
IoT Development Board Comparison
A comparison of three development boards aimed at the IoT horizon. The Particle Photon, the Adafruit Feather Huzzah, and the Arduino MKR1000....
April 08, 2016
Check Out These Crowdfunded Hardware Designs
Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Crowd Supply can be a treasure trove of the interesting, ingenious, and insanely cool. Check out some of our inexpensive favorites from the...
March 24, 2016
Some Microcontroller Kits You’ve Never Heard of
Some cool microcontroller kits for young engineers are coming, check them out!
March 23, 2016
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