Monthly Archives: September 2010

Testing TI’s LaunchPad

Ever since I read Hack a Day’s post on TI’s $4.30 LaunchPad development board, I’ve been itching to get my hands on one. So two weeks ago, while putting together a small DigiKey order, I checked to see if the … Continue reading

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Enter the XMOS

Funny how time flies. It seems like only yesterday I was scrambling around grabbing books, spec’ing parts, and testing components for my MS thesis. In fact it’s been almost a year since I wrapped up my design for a six-DOF … Continue reading

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So You Want to Use PWM, Eh?

Pulse-width modulation. It probably sounds a little confusing if you’re new to electronics. Kindof a word mashup, really. What do pulses, width, and modulation have to do with each other anyway? I remember first learning about PWM during my freshman … Continue reading

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Computers: The Early Days

The other day I came across an old CompuAdd magazine from the summer of 1992. One word: wow. Guess how much hard drive space you’d get for $2000 back then: only 630MB. Today I get about 12 times that amount … Continue reading

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Idea: Car-Sensing Automatic Garage Door Closer

If you’ve got a garage with an automatic door opener, I’ll bet that at one time or another, you’ve left it open by accident. No? Well, whenever I come home and find my garage wide open to the world, my … Continue reading

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