This Chinese “8-Channel USB Relay Board” requires a 12V power supply, and it’s also supposed to plug into the PC for convenient software control. But there was nothing convenient about the software, and I wanted it to work directly with Arduino and other MCUs anyway. Here’s how I replaced the USB interface with a basic UART.
Back in the early 80’s, children around the world spent endless hours solving multiple-choice quizzes on an electronic toy called “TOMY Teacher” (AKA “Sears Quiz-A-Tron”). In those days, bytes weren’t cheap; so how did this device remember all the solutions to all of its quizzes?
The story of a silly misunderstanding, by way of which I significantly improved the efficiency of the MagSpoof (Samy Kamkar‘s famous project).
Version 1.6.6 of the Arduino IDE is upon us, and with it – among other novelties – is the Serial Plotter, a basic graphing utility for visualizing data, debugging and show-off. What is it, and how to use it? Here’s a little guide…
What does the world look like through the eyes of a light dependent resistor (LDR)? My unimpressive PunyCam shows us the answer… ever so slowly!
This is a small note for people who, like me, got confused about the correct pinout of Atmel’s PDI connector.
Can the PC’s mouse input be used to send binary data from an embedded system to a desktop software? And, more importantly, can this be done without affecting the regular usage of the mouse? As it turns out, within a few limitations, the answer is yes. Here’s how.
How Arduino’s Serial transmissions are constructed, and a basic demonstration of the ATtiny85 sending Serial-like messages using an internal timer and some basic bit manipulation.
An Arduino equipped with a camera sounds like a great start for a wide variety of projects. Unfortunately, the Arduino’s hardware is really not up to the data volumes and rates required for meaningful image processing. This problem has a few partial solutions. In this post I will present one of them – a serial-connection camera with the VC0706 chip, and the dedicated code library by Adafruit.