SoloPCB Designer 2.0™, the free PCB design software reached a milestone this week when the 5,000th download was completed. SoloPCB Designer, the Windows-based PCB design software found at Solo-labs.com, consists of powerful schematic capture and PCB layout modules. SoloPCB Designer provides all the capability to meet the most challenging design requirements, with the features and functionality of high-end commercial systems blended into an easy-to-use system. SoloPCB Designer version 2.0, is free to download and use. Customers only pay a small, one-time fee once they complete their design to purchase Gerber or Drill files. Solo-Labs.com generates the files, sends them to the user and the user is able to choose the manufacturer of choice anywhere in the world to purchase their PCBs.
SoloPCB Designer 2.0™, the free PCB design software reached a milestone this week when the 2,500th download was completed. SoloPCB Designer, the Windows-based PCB design software found at Solo-labs.com, consists of powerful schematic capture and PCB layout modules. Continue Reading
Solo-Labs.com created as an online resource for electronic engineering professionals and enthusiasts
Marlborough, MA – April 26, 2016 –Two leading online resources targeted to the electronic engineering professional and enthusiast combined resources today and launched Solo-Labs.com. The new resource brings together the assets of DownStream Technologies’ DIY Maker initiative FabStream.com and Electro-Labs.com to create a community-based portal where users can find electronic design tools, resources, project tutorials and knowledge to create PCB-based electronics.
As anyone who owns a smartwatch can tell you, one-handed operation isn’t exactly their forte. Beyond the flicking gesture found in a number of smartwatches, there’s not much you can do without a second hand and set of fingers.
A group of researchers have come up with a way to use electrical excitation to view internal impedance cross-sections of an arm. While this doesn’t have the resolution of an X-ray or CT, there’s still a large amount of information that can be gathered from using this method. Different structures in the body, like bone, will have different impedance than muscle or other tissues. Gesture recognition at this level would open up a whole world of possibilities without relying on any non-wearable hardware like ultrasound.
The wristband may not be the first capable of recognizing hand and wrist gestures, but it could be the most practical and it’s cheap, small, and has a power draw minimal enough to make integration directly into a smartwatch feasible and we could easily see it being the next thing in smart watch features.
Dispensing solder paste onto one board is easy enough with a syringe or toothpick, but when pasting up even a handful of boards. Solder paste stencils speed up the process when you’re doing dozens or hundreds of boards. The solution for this is to retrofit a 3D printer to dispense solder paste.
This Solder Paste dispenser is an easy project to build and it makes sense especially when you have most of the parts on hand. This project includes hardware and firmware design of a compatible controller board that is Arduino compatible. The printed is a success with the use of both PLA and ABS and standard slicing parameters with 3 layer shells and 20% infill. Its controller board has a micro USB connector and operates from a standard USB charger. The PCB attached to the motor mount using a Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape.
It might not be quite as accurate as a professional one, but as you can see it seems to work great for purposes.
This Arduino based radio player will provide a base station for tunes if you’re the type who enjoys passing idle time by keeping up with podcasts or listening to web stations but don’t always want to occupy your laptop or tablet.
This Web Radio Player provides inexpensive internet radio player with high quality stereo sound. It can be used to listen on internet radio stations without personal computer or tablet or smartphone. The project has two switches to control the next or previous radio station. It has 14 pre-defined radio stations that can be replaced with the radio stations of your choice by re-programming the modified sketch to the Arduino pro mini. The project’s hardware consist of Arduino pro mini as main processor, ENC28J60 Ethernet module to connects the circuit to the internet, VS1053B and Nokia 5110 LCD module to displays the information about the webradio station.
If you’re going to build your own radio, it’s always cool to disguise your high-tech creation as something more rustic as this is a no-sweat project for both the hardware savvy and those more oriented with code writing.
Who wouldn’t want a Time Circuit Clock after watching Back To The Future as a child? Now you can time travel by using the “spacebar” either on the keypad, or time circuits, depending what your time circuits’ options is set and translate your own language file for the time circuits.
This projects attempts to recreate a Time Circuit Clock from Back to The Future movie with some additional features such as FM radio, alarm and clock. This clock has components of 22-23 PCB handmade board, 160 resistors, 396 LED displays with pins to connect and 24 shift registers. He replaced the main Arduino compatible board with an Olimex iMX233-OLinuXino-MICRO running a plain Linux distro as the new brain of this project. All schematics and PCB designs are made in KiCad which seems quite powerful, however its component library is really poor compared to Eagle.
Now that everything was given out as far as assembling and designing this alarm clock, there’s no more excuse to build one.
Probably everyone has a long list of passwords to remember. But are they safe from other and from forgetting them? Some people are using same password for all cases…well this is not safe. And of course using popular words as passwords also isn’t safe. It is better to use characters mixed with numbers. But these are hard to remember.
This project was built to fit and placed inside a mint tin, which makes it easy to carry around. Assembling this small project maybe pricey as you will need components such as Intel Edison, base board, OLED block , Battery block, Hardware pack , small LiPo battery, mint tin and micro USB cable. Assembling the project was so simple; the Edison which is already set-up and prepared will be attach to the battery block. Getting the program should be easy for you after completing all the steps before. Simply download the latest release from the PinTinNano repository.
You can now enjoy your very own password keeper after starting the program.
Have you ever wanted to create your own electronic games console? You might be interested in the new DigiPixel Arduino LED game shield which is definitely worth more investigation.
Make programming fun by creating your own games, animations and more with the DigiPixel shield. The DigiPixel Arduino LED game shield has been specifically designed to allow you to make programming fun and enable you to creating your own games, animations and more. It is an open source Arduino and Digispark compatible shield with a 64 pixel RGB LED display and six buttons that is supplied with its own Arduino library, graphic converter and demo sketches to help you get you started.
You can make sort of things with DigiPixel up to your imagination. You could make a game of Space Invaders, Tetris or Snake, could write messages in the air and capture it on your camera with the AirWrite function or you could use it as an electronic dice, a scrolling desk clock or even a digital name badge. It’s amazing what you can do with just 64 pixels!
We are building another opensource SoloPCB project which is very enjoyable to build and use. In our electronics works, we frequently need to know the actual value of a capacitor. As you know, small sized SMD capacitors have no markings showing their values. Or there are lots of fake electrolytic capacitors which are rated much lower than their stated values. Sometimes the capacitors have large tolerances and we want to choose the best fit for our circuit. What we need is an accurate capacitance meter.
This is a capacitance meter which can measure capacitors rated from picofarads to millifarads. The principle of operation is simple. Just apply voltage to the capacitor and measure the elapsed time to charge it. The circuit is based on Atmega328P and it is Arduino IDE compatible. It includes the voltage regulators which output 5V and 3.3V from 9V input. A Nokia 5110 LCD is used to display the measured information. Thanks to the 4mm banana jacks, various kinds of probes can be used such as SMD probe, crocodile probe etc.