Archive for the ‘Arduino’ Category

When I first saw the LinkIt ONE at Mediatek’s stand at the Web Summit it was being shown of with a bunch of neat modular peripherals. The person on the stand had no idea about them, and couldn’t explain why the board had its own connectors for these modules. It didn’t take much sleuthing to discover […]

TL;DR – The LinkIt ONE is an awesome Arduino, with a ton of great integrated peripherals, but I fear there’s too much of a gap between Arduino style development and building the next generation of connected things – though hopefully that gets covered by the forthcoming Eclipse based SDK. Introduction I was at the Web Summit in […]

Update (13 Mar 2014) – this presentation is also available on YouTube I did a presentation at the open source hardware users group (OSHUG) last night. Click to the second slide to get the TL;DR version: With more time I’d like to get some quantitative material on the memory footprint of various cipher suites and […]

I wrote last week about re-establishing my Nanode based temperature monitoring in anticipation of some cold weather. It came, though it’s not as cold as it was last year (when I was seeing -7.5 being recorded):   It’s clearly warmer in the garage than it is outside, where there is snow lying on the ground. That’s […]

It’s almost a year since I built my Nanode thermometer, and it looks like another really cold snap is headed towards the UK – perhaps snow over the weekend. I’ve not had it set up for a little while, as the TMP36 sensor was reclaimed for a project that put Scratch and an Arduino together […]

I first heard about Nanode (a low cost board that brings together Arduino and ethernet) via Andy Piper, then a few days later I had the fortune of seeing its creator Ken Boak speak at London’s Open Source Hardware Users Group (OSHUG). The week afterwards Ken was at the excellent Monkigras event, and did a short […]

I wanted to add some diagrams to my original post, but didn’t have the right tools at hand. After some digging around I found a mention from @psd of Fritzing. I’m pretty happy with the results: I’ve put the Fritzing file up onto github, and also created a project on the Fritzing site.

The title for this post comes from an old naval tradition, where a ‘make and mend‘ was time given to fix up clothing. These days sailors get their uniform from stores, and personal clothes from shops like the rest of us; so a modern day ‘make and mend’ is simply some time off. With the […]

Arduino Simon


I My son got a great Xmas present in the shape of a Starter Kit for Arduino  from Oomlout. After doing some of the basic projects I decided we needed something that we could get our teeth into. After a little pondering Simon came out as a worthwhile challenge. Back in the 80s I’d written a version […]