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A team from the University of Florida took inspiration from the popular franchise for a new type of wearable tech. The solar panels are integrated into the woven fabric (image via University of Florida)   Wearable technology is on the rise with the release of smartwatches and accessories like FitBit. But no one has quite gotten the integration of smart tech with clothing just right. There are still several kinks creators run into; bulky batteries, textiles that hold an electric charge, and ...
Our Raspberry Pi friends will know the Building a Low Power Compact LCD Display project that shabaz published a while ago. He designed a £5 LCD module and the source code for Raspberry Pi. Let's have a look at the I2C traffic.     What data is flowing according to the code? Our code tries to send 9 bytes. 1:           the 7-bit I2C address + read/write bit 2 - 6:     config and commands 7 - 9:   ...
Our Raspberry Pi friends will know the Building a Low Power Compact LCD Display project that shabaz published a while ago. He designed a £5 LCD module and the source code for Raspberry Pi.   I have ported that code to the Texas Instruments Hercules family. The hardware is exactly the same as in the original article. Take care to read shabaz' blog first. It's a good read and this blog builds upon the information.   Porting from Pi to Hercules The Pi code is linux based. It uses ...
A team from UC San Diego used old tube technology to create a chip without semiconductors. This is what the semiconductor free chip would look like. (Image via UC San Diego)   The fashion world is proof that old is new again. How else can we explain ‘overalls’ becoming popular again? But it seems that concept is not an exclusive one – it’s coming to the world of technology. Thanks to new research from the University of San Diego, vacuum-tubed powered computers will ...
TI INA301EVM - "High accuracy, high slew-rate current sense amplifier with integrated high-speed comparator optimized for overcurrent protection."  I saw this board and thought it was pretty useful... see why below...   Need your SBC to sense current somewhere in a DC circuit, what’s the best way to do it? Yes, you attempt to make a circuit to do so… or you can just save the time and buy one. I’m a big advocate of “not building a project before building a pro ...
The Chipsetter ONE is an automated pic-and-place machine that assembles PCB electronics using component trays and an array of tape feeders that can utilize different sized SMTs. (via Chipsetter)   Anyone who has ever assembled their own PCBs can tell you that it’s a time consuming process that becomes a monotonous nightmare if you have to assemble more than one. Those who prefer to farm that chore out to a manufacturer can tell you that often times it’s costly and can take weeks ...

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