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FORM OVER FUNCTION? HOW DO YOU DRESS UP YOUR PROJECTS?

A thoughtfully designed circuit can be a thing of beauty and elegance. Sometimes, we even enclose them in a transparent case to showcase the workmanship.

Maybe you use a custom front panel or case with silk screened labels, a 3D printed custom enclosure, an off-the-shelf project box with transfer lettering, or maybe even some gutted household item that fits nicely into your decor. Or maybe you don't much care how the end result looks, as long as it does what it was designed for.

What was your favorite DIY project that had that something special packaging? Do you go the extra mile, or is it function over form for you?
    
   
 
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All About Ferrite
ALL ABOUT FERRITE
 
Rings, beads, cores ... find out exactly what ferrite is and what makes it ideal for a variety of uses in electronics.


Help A Brother (or Sister) Out?

Stop by our Tech Forum and weigh in. We know y'all got skills and opinions. This is the place to share some knowledge or get some.

I Got The X10 Blues
My X-10 home automation gear has been reliable for years but ...

What's The Deal With Ultra Caps?
I am looking to experiment with "ultra capacitors" as a replacement for AA batteries ...

Cassette to MP3
I have a box of cassette audio tapes that I want to convert to MP3 format ...

Transistor Training
Is there a rule of thumb as to when/where/why you would use one type of transistor over the other?
FPGAs for the Hobbyist_ OpenCores
FPGAs FOR THE HOBBYIST: OpenCores

How to use open source hardware IP-cores from OpenCores.org on the Mojo V3 development board.

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Newhaven Display Color OLED Arduino Shields 
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Smiley_s Workshop
SMILEY'S WORKSHOP #59
C Programming * Hardware * Projects


Let's further amass knowledge about how to become more independent in our development by adding a bootloader to our "Roll Your Own" Arduino using tools provided by the Arduino IDE.

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PushButton Rotary Encoder
HOW TO USE THE PUSHBUTTON ROTARY ENCODER
 
Learning how using a pushbutton rotary encoder can help you design and build better, more user-friendly microcontroller projects. What it is, how it works, and how to integrate it into your project.

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Programming Arduino Next Steps_ Going Further with Sketches
Book Pick Of The Week
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Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further with Sketches
 
  • Uses the same clear, concise writing style and convenient format popularized in Monk's bestseller, Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches
  • Focuses on programming rather than electronics - all concepts illustrated with working, well-tested code examples
  • Answers commonly asked questions for Arduino developers who want to go beyond the basics
  • Covers the basic Arduino Uno, plus the newer Leonardo and Due boards
  • Shows how to incorporate advanced techniques in memory management, signal processing, communications, and performance
  • Explains how to program the Arduino to communicate with the Internet
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