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RF Interference
RF Interference
The phenomenon known as RF interference - RFI to its many friends and acquaintances -  involves interference caused by signals propagated wirelessly as radio waves. Most people don't know (or care) about RFI until their garage door opener won't work.

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.

Fan Conversion
I would like to convert the fan to variable speed. Will a ...

Fish Caller Circuit
I found a partially assembled kit labeled "Fish Caller." Does anyone have a ...

Surface-Mount Oven Controller
I've heard of people using a regular toaster oven for soldering. Will an ...

iPod Charge Dilemma
I have a USB charger that works with my cell phone but it won't charge the iPod. Is there something ...

Arcade Game Restoration
Is an isolation transformer necessary when the entire cabinet is wood, or ...
Matrix LED Displays

For a bold and eye-catching output display in your next electronic masterpiece, consider exploiting a matrix LED device.

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Smiley_s Workshop
C Programming * Hardware * Projects

At some point, for an embedded system to be really embedded, it must get away from a PC. The Arduino Handheld Prototyper cuts the USB tether to your PC and puts the power to control the world (or smaller stuff) in your own two hands.

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Kill-A-Watt Hack
The Kill-A-Watt meter is designed to operate at full AC line voltage. Here is a simple modification that safely powers the Kill-A-Watt meter for accurate operation in the low (10%-20%) voltage regime.

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Tab Book of Arduino Projects
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
The TAB Book of Arduino Projects: 36 Things to Make with Shields and Proto Shields
Design custom circuits with Proto Shields and solder parts right to the prototyping area to build professional-quality stuff. Lots of cool projects to catapult your Arduino skills to the next level. 
  • Persistence-of-vision (POV) display
  • High-power LED controller
  • Color recognizer
  • RFID door lock
  • Fake dog
  • Person counter
  • Laser alarm
  • Theremin-like instrument
  • FM radio receiver
  • Email notifier
  • Network temperature and humidity sensor
  • Seven-segment LED clock
  • Larson scanner
  • Conway's Game of Life
  • Singing plant
  • Ultrasonic rangefinder
  • Temperature and light logger
  • Autoranging capacitance meter
  • Geiger counter

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