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Serial Monitoring with Tera Term

Monitoring what’s happening inside your microcontroller is an invaluable tool for prototyping and debugging. One of the best ways to do this is to send/receive data over a serial port. Most microcontrollers have a serial port that can output UA...

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431 20 Jan 2017

Our Ozobots Review and Educational Tips

In the Spring of 2012, a tech-gadget company called Evollve Inc. was founded with the goal of creating innovative ways for tech-savvy youngsters to play, learn and interact in a digitally expanding world. There's absolutely nothing wrong with learnin...

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348 18 Jan 2017

How to Use a Logic Level Shifter/Converter

So you’ve got your microcontroller/development board ready to go, you’ve got your sensors and external components and you’re ready to build an IoT device to make the world your slave. But hang on a minute, the sensor you have only o...

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706 5 Dec 2016

What Are NeoPixel LEDs?

So in case you haven’t heard yet, digital LEDs are the go-to solution for any project that uses RGB LEDs and you want to avoid the rat's nest that ensures when using multiple RGB LEDs, each colour requiring its own connection. Digital...

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670 23 Nov 2016

What Are DotStar LEDs?

So in case you haven’t heard yet, digital LEDs are the go-to solution for any project that uses RGB LEDs and you want to avoid the rat's nest that ensures when using multiple RGB LEDs, each colour requiring its own connection. Digitally address...

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953 22 Nov 2016

How to Use Rotary Encoders

Hello and welcome to our tutorial on using rotary encoders. Today we’re going to be taking a look at what is a rotary encoder, how does it work, why we would use it over other sensory inputs and creating code to use them. Rotary encoders are el...

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754 16 Nov 2016

Programming with USB-Serial Converters

Thanks to huge advancements in technology over the last decade, the maker community that we know and love has thrived. It’s now easier than ever before to get started with programming and tinkering due to the innovation from brands such as Ardu...

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908 1 Nov 2016

Counting with Hexadecimal, Binary, and Decimal

Welcome to Counting with Computer 101. Have you ever looked at a colour on a computer and seen something like this #28FE9A? Or perhaps the T-shirt stating ‘There are 10 types of people in this world, those who understand binary, and those who d...

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1218 26 Jul 2016