30th Apr 2012

How to: Bread Board Arduino…

Having a couple of Bread Board Arduinos handy can really make prototyping quick and painless.  And while the Bread Board Arduino has pretty much been flogged to death in every...

08th Apr 2012

LocoMotion: MMA8453 with Interrupts…

In the previous post about the MMA8453_N0m1 library we talked about how to get the stream of raw XYZ data back from the accelerometer.  In this post we will be...

01st Apr 2012

How to: Compiling the Arduino Bootloader…

A project we’ve been recently working on requires a custom Arduino boot loader.  Working in an incremental fashion, the first step is getting the stock Arduino boot loader to compile...

24th Mar 2012

CNC Half Nuts: The Smell of Melting Plastic…

After cutting down the Y axis screw for the CNC gantry router project we had a short piece of 3/4 inch Acme leadscrew remaining that was just long enough to...

27th Feb 2012

6DOF Arduino: Compass & Accelerometer

This Arduino library is a mixed bag containing a number of functions to facilitate rapid sensor integration between a three axis compass and a three axis accelerometer.  Where speed is...

22nd Feb 2012

Side Project: CNC Gantry Router

A friend brought over some plastic to CNC mill about a week ago and we got talking about  CNC gantry routers and the currently in development DC Servo Drive.  Eventually...

15th Feb 2012

Toaster Oven: Reflow SMD Soldering…

There’s a special place in my workshop for the toaster oven, that place is on the workbench.  Using an toaster oven to reflow circuit boards is both fast and easy....

12th Feb 2012

Shake, Rattle & Roll: The MMA8453Q & Arduino

So we finally finished putting the polish on our latest Arduino library designed for use with the MMA8453Q Accelerometer and its siblings the MMA8451 and MMA8452.  This library gets you...

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