Unix is user-friendly. It's just very selective about who its friends are.

(That did not use a microcontroller)

We've all seen them at some point in our careers. A schematic or circuit that was elegant, useful, beautiful... you know the type. Sometimes a design can be so brutal or unexpected it makes us laugh out loud when we realize its purpose and the ingenious (insane?) way someone solved that issue.
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The Transistor Radio
By early 1954, Texas Instruments (TI) had perfected transistor production to the point that they became cheap enough for use in consumer items. TI decided that a portable, handheld radio offered the most mainstream application of the new technology.

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PID Conlrollre
 In Part 1, we layed the foundation for the (Proportional Integral Derivative) PID controller. Now, let's explore the dynamic operation and tuning of the PID control system.

Solar Sequencer
Build a solar sequencer that enables a single solar panel to charge multiple batteries of different sizes and capacities, keeping them isolated from each other.

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Help A Brother (or Sister) Out?

Stop by our Tech Forum and weigh in on some issues. We know y'all got skills and opinions. This is the place to share some knowledge or get some.
Pool Bot Timer
My pool bot timer quit. The transformer is good but the timer is not...

Wi-Fi For The Pi
Could someone please tell me if the ESP8266.01 module is compatible with...

Cats In The Crystal
I inherited an antique "cat's whisker" crystal radio set. Everything seems to be intact except...

PD Race Timer
Does anyone have a schematic for a...

Dog Bark Detector
I have a very attentive dog who barks immediately when someone is in the backyard or...
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Smiley_s Workshop
Smiley's Workshop 49
C Programming * Hardware * Projects

Fritzing is a very novice-friendly open software package that you can use to design shields for Arduinos. Even though it is still in beta, it has many very interesting and useful features. 
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