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Build a Solar Thermal Water Heater Controller
When the controller for my solar water heating system died on a particularly cold night and burst the pipes in the collector, it was time to design and build a new and improved version.
In-Circuit Testing Techniques

There is a technique taken from automatic test equipment called guarding that lets you calculate the exact value of an individual resistor in-circuit, even in the presence of parallel current paths.
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Newhaven Display Color OLED Arduino Shields 
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Designed with any level of engineer in mind, these shields come ready to mate with Arduino's most commonly used development boards to guide any idea into product realization. There are three available sizes: 1.27", 1.5" and 1.69".
Smiley_s Workshop
C Programming * Hardware * Projects

After looking in detail at the Arduino alarm clock software on the PC side, we saw how date and time data are handled on PCs and microcontrollers and began looking at the Arduino side of the software. Let's continue and dig a bit deeper into the software
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Laser Diodes
This final episode of our series on Optoelectronics describes the basic (atomic level) operating principles of LEDs and lasers, with particular emphasis on modern laser diodes.

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Beginner_s Guide to Embedded C Programming
Book Pick Of The Week
From the Nuts & Volts Webstore
Beginner's Guide to Embedded C Programming
The C language has been covered in many books but none as dedicated to the embedded microcontroller beginner as the Beginner's Guide to Embedded C Programming. Through his down to earth style of writing, Nuts & Volts contributor Chuck Hellebuyck delivers a step-by-step introduction to learning how to program microcontrollers with the C language. In addition, he uses a powerful C compiler that the reader can download for free in a series of hands-on projects with sample code so you can learn right along with him. 
  • Entry level approach to learning the C language for embedded microcontrollers
  • Uses the Microchip PIC16F690 microcontroller
  • All projects use the Microchip PICkit 2 Programmer/Development Board
  • Free HI-TECH PICC-Lite C compiler used for all projects
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