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Most how-tos for the TMP36 temperature sensor on the Internet are wrong! It needs a pull-down resistor!
I have been using the TMP36 for years, with Arduino, BeagleBone and now the Spark Core/Photon. It has often been reported in the Arduino forums that this chip is inaccurate and unreliable. Indeed a quick glance at the datashe...
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Thank you.  Not used one yet, but will squirrel away for future reference.
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There is a similar full-length video of a build for a 7 bit tape for controlling a 7-segment display taken from the book Minecraft Mastery, here: http://youtu.be/nCCcatdwizs
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Raspberry Pi Model B+ Review
CPC very kindly sent me a Raspberry Pi model B+ to try out. As you can see, there are a few changes when you compare it to the Raspberry Pi Model B in the middle and the model A on the right. This board is a pretty serious upgrade to the Model B while still...
CPC very kindly sent me a Raspberry Pi model B+ to try out. As you can see, there are a few changes when you compare it to the Raspberry Pi Model B in the middle and the model A on the right. This board is a pretty serious up...
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Building the MonkMakes Raspberry Pi Robot Kit
The latest product from MonkMakes is a robot kit that I have designed using the RaspiRobot Board v2 (RRB2). The kit is available from MonkMakes and Amazon.co.uk. Overview The kit comprises: * a robot chassis, including two gearmotors and a 6 x AA battery ho...
The latest product from MonkMakes is a robot kit that I have designed using the RaspiRobot Board v2 (RRB2). The kit is available from MonkMakes and Amazon.co.uk. Overview The kit comprises: * a robot chassis, including two ...
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Review: Scana Plus Logic Analyzer
When IkaLogic ( www.ikalogic.com ) offered to send me one of their Scana Plus logic analyzers, I was delighted. Not least because the software to support this USB Logic analyzer is available for Mac. So no more having to crank up a virtual machine running X...
When IkaLogic (www.ikalogic.com) offered to send me one of their Scana Plus logic analyzers, I was delighted. Not least because the software to support this USB Logic analyzer is available for Mac. So no more having to crank ...
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Accurate and Reliable Readings from a TMP36
I have been using the TMP36 for years, with Arduino, BeagleBone and now the Spark Core /Photon. It has often been reported in the Arduino forums that this chip is inaccurate and unreliable. Indeed a quick glance at the datasheet tells you accurate to 2 degr...
I have been using the TMP36 for years, with Arduino, BeagleBone and now the Spark Core/Photon. It has often been reported in the Arduino forums that this chip is inaccurate and unreliable. Indeed a quick glance at the datashe...
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We cover the TNT Cannon and a load else in the book. Also a nice example of piston tape here: How to make a Minecraft Piston Tape Memory
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CPC very kindly sent me a Raspberry Pi model B+ to try out. As you can see, there are a few changes when you compare it to the Raspberry Pi Model B in the middle and the model A on the right. This board is a pretty serious up...
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Raspberry Pi Battery Power
The Raspberry Pi uses a pretty modest amount of electricity and it is perfectly possible to run in for short periods using batteries. In this post, I will look at some of the options for making your Pi run on batteries. How Long Will the Battery Last Whatev...
The Raspberry Pi uses a pretty modest amount of electricity and it is perfectly possible to run in for short periods using batteries. In this post, I will look at some of the options for making your Pi run on batteries. How...
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TI Programmable 57 Calculator Battery Conversion
As a teenager, I had one of these calculators and I recently came across a non-functional one advertised on eBay and couldn't resist. These calculators used a strange battery pack that had two NiCd AA cells, along with a buck-boost chip to raise the voltage...
As a teenager, I had one of these calculators and I recently came across a non-functional one advertised on eBay and couldn't resist. These calculators used a strange battery pack that had two NiCd AA cells, along with a...
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My new book "Make Your Own PCBs with EAGLE: From Schematic Designs to Finished Boards" is out.
 
The URL for information on the book is here: http://www.monkmakes.com/?page_id=567
 
The link to the book on Amazon.com is here: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Own-PCBs-EAGLE/dp/0071819258
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I'm a big fan of your books!
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