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Pycom WiPy Overview

The Internet of Things(IoT) and its devices have been utilised by ‘DIYers’ and ‘Makers’ to connect projects to the internet and take advantage of the worldwide network we have created. Some might say a sentence with “sop...

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5 Mar 2018

Our Overview of Makeblock's Ranger Robotics Kit

Now that we've taken a look at MakeBlock's beginner kit, the mBot (take a look at the previous article here), let's take our skills to the next level with the Ranger. The Ranger adds much more modularity and customisation to the kit. From extra sense...

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5 Mar 2018

Our Overview of Makeblock mBot

Looking for the best way to get into robotics? Checkout Makeblock's mBot. This all in one robot is the perfect introduction to basic robotics, with its simple yet robust design, mBot is built with education in mind. The mBot kits modular design ...

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28 Feb 2018

An Introduction to Makeblock

Makeblock is a company with education at the forefront of its priorities. They introduce mechanical design, and software development to robotics in a way analogous to Lego, that is to say, they aim to educate the student by encouraging creativity in ...

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22 Feb 2018

Cura 2: LulzBot Edition - An Overview for Beginners

Now that we are all on track with our Slicer software, having just installed Cura 2 and upgraded our printer firmware, let's work on turning some 3D Model files into G-Code for our 3D Printer to create. We're going to be using our LulzBot Mini to sli...

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6 Feb 2018

Basics: Getting Started with the Terminal on Raspberry Pi

In this tutorial we’ll be getting familiar with basic use of the Raspberry Pi terminal. We’ll cover navigating the file-system, making directories, writing and editing text files, and just touch on the use of wildcards. To get started wi...

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16 Feb 2017

Your First Print with a Lulzbot 3D Printer

Once you receive and unbox your Lulzbot machine you might be so eager to print things, you skip a few steps in the setup process and all of a sudden you are having all sorts of difficulties that you can’t understand. It happens, what you need i...

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23 Sep 2016

Our Recommendation for your first Benchtop Oscilloscope

You’ve been working on that project for days, even weeks, and you’ve gone through all the steps of the process; meticulously ensuring everything is above board. And yet, for some unexplainable reason, your circuit is acting out. Naturall...

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25 Aug 2016

Getting Started with Particle Electron

In another tutorial we looked at the Photon board from Particle, and whilst Wi-Fi is awesome for many applications, it restricts you to a localised connection. Particle have once again come to rescue and provided us with a cellular solution, the Elec...

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3 Aug 2016

Getting Started with Particle Photon

When you first look at the Photon, it’s staggering that such a small device could possess the incredible functionality that it does, but not only does it bring an impress spec sheet to the table, but the true power is unlocked in the cloud base...

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2 Aug 2016

Welcome to Particle.io

What a time to be alive! It’s never been easier to get into electronics and programming with platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Chibitronics and many more. These platforms are great, but with the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming more and mo...

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1 Aug 2016

Cura: 3D printing software for your Lulzbot Printer

Once you setup your printer and finish printing your first rocktopus, you will inevitably want to move onto more ambitious prints right away. It’s understandable, all the possibilities all at once, I get it. We are going to step you through the...

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30 Jun 2016

I SPI with Raspberry Pi

I SPI with my Raspberry Pi, something beginning with…S! Serial-Peripheral-Interface (SPI)! Welcome to our Raspberry Pi SPI communication tutorial. Today we’re going to look at how to use the SPI bus on our Raspberry Pi to communicate w...

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29 Jun 2016

Digital to Analogue Conversion with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi right? It’s amazing! Raspberry Pi has taken the world by storm and changed the way that people think about computing. The Raspberry Pi 3 builds on this with some amazing new features, however one feature that is still absent is the...

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23 Jun 2016

Arduino, Learn the Lingo

Getting into the Arduino environment is a lot of fun but with so many acronyms and slang terms its easy to get confused. Knowing this first hand, I have put together a glossary of sorts for terms relating to Arduino, if you are new to the Arduino pla...

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7 Jun 2016

Raspberry Pi HATs

Yep, Raspberry Pi is a very cool platform, so cool that they offer a range of stylish HATs to go with them. No not headwear, but fully functional hardware modules that are designed to plugin directly to the Raspberry Pi GPIO headers, and open up a wo...

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30 May 2016

Our Arduino SPI Tutorial

SPI stands for Serial Peripheral Interface and it is a way to send data between microcontrollers and other small devices. It is a synchronous data bus, meaning it uses a clock to regulate the data transfer. SPI is also Full-Duplex communication mean...

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25 May 2016

Arduino Serial Communications

Serial communication is the process of communicating between electronic devices one bit at a time. Serial means one after the other, so we think of serial communications as transferring data one bit at a time, one bit after the other.  A bi...

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18 May 2016

Our Guide for Arduino Beginner Kits

Kits are a pretty nifty idea for someone starting out in maker electronics. For this beginner-friendly article, we are just going to take a look at three of our great kits for the Arduino Uno. All three are all solder-free electronics kits that ...

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17 May 2016

LCD Screens and the Arduino Uno

Display devices are used to visually display the information we are working with. LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screens are one of many display devices that makers use. We have libraries to control specific LCD functions which make it ridiculously eas...

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17 May 2016

What is Raspberry Pi?

Hi there! If you’re wondering what all the hype and interest surrounding Raspberry Pi is about, you’ve come to the right place. The original Raspberry Pi debuted in 2012, and is a credit card sized computer that has ports for USB devices...

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12 May 2016

Pi To All The World With GPIO

So you’ve got your Raspberry Pi. You’ve gotten NOOBS setup on it, explored Raspbian a bit, and you’re feeling like a bit of a pro. Awesome! Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty side of things, what it’s all about, GPIO...

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12 May 2016

The Arduino LED Blink

The practice of making and editing sketches is essential to get anywhere with the Arduino platform. We are going to step you through the basics when it comes to writing a sketch, and the most basic of all is the LED Blink. We will be telling ou...

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12 May 2016

Windows 10 IoT on Raspberry Pi 3

Today we’re going to look at installing the Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) core onto a Raspberry Pi 3. Traditionally Windows has been the resident overlord of desktop devices, however in recent years we’ve seen it transform into a m...

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8 May 2016

Raspberry Pi Boards Compared

Launched in 2012, the Raspberry Pi is now in its fourth year of iteration, which means that there is a selection of different models and versions which can seem confusing at first. We’ve simplified most of the common features and specifications...

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8 May 2016

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