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How I Scratch-Built a Five Foot Long Radio-Controlled Submarine - Part 2

This is the second part of a three-part account of an extraordinary 10 year engineering project I undertook, that succeeded against all odds. As I mentioned in Part 1, no matter what type of DIY work you are engaged in, you will find herein some electro-mechanical assembly techniques that will prove helpful.

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Wall Wart Power Monitor
Build a Wall Wart Power Monitor     

As an experimenter, I use wall warts all the time to power circuit boards, microcontroller boards, and even finished projects. However, during the checkout phase of a new circuit, wall warts present a problem. How do you measure their output when they're plugged into a board or project box?

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Smiley_s Workshop
Smiley's Workshop 40
C Programming * Hardware * Projects

Last episode, we started looking at digital I/O (Input/Output). Now, let's jump off the high board into both hardware and software by confronting the AVR digital I/O peripheral registers and learning how to manipulate them in software.  

Seven Segment Displays
Using Seven-Segment Displays - Part 1
A very common requirement in modern electronics is that of displaying alphanumeric characters. The best known type of alphanumeric indicator is the seven-segment display, which comprises seven independently-accessible photoelectric segments. 

Renewable Energies for Your Home
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Renewable Energies for Your Home     
Get details, projects, and  know how to help reduce your carbon footprint. Oh yeah... and save money in the process. And who doesn't want to save money while saving the Earth at the same time?

  • Energy savings and environmental benefits
  • Biomass fuels, including biodiesel, ethanol, used fryer oil, and wood
  • Producing your own biodiesel without titration
  • Assembling a biolight grill and fire starter
  • Making bioburn - a firewood substitute
  • Wind turbines
  • Solar lighting, heating, water heating, and electric generation
  • Building a solar heat collector
  • Creating a wind/solar hybrid electric system

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