Projects & Features
28 Thermoelectric Powered Sunflowers
This summer, create a nice evening ambience using
a thermoelectric generator that gets its power
from the sun.
■ By John Iovine
32 Make the Bike Blinker Plus
As a cyclist, not only will you be more visible at night
with this handy gadget that fits into your helmet,
you’ll also know the air temperature!
■ By David G. Bodnar
39 Build the WatchPuppy
Keep your unattended computers working in the event
of a software crash with this device that can reboot
your modem, router, or other networking device when
needed. You can also use the WatchPuppy as a remote
monitoring device for temperature or voltages.
This is an open-ended project that can be expanded
to meet your specific needs.
■ By Jim Sky
46 Pulse Operations with the
16-Bit Micro Experimenter
Time to add more tools to your Experimenter board!
This month, we’ll look at the digital pulse capture
and generation capabilities.
■ By Thomas Kibalo
10 TechKnowledgey 2010
Events, Advances, and News
Artificial black hole created, your own
teleprompter, talking with pedal power,
plus other stuff you’ll find interesting.
14 PICAXE Primer
Sharpening Your Tools of Creativity
Introducing Tex and Rex: The IR Twins.
22 Q & A
Reader Questions Answered Here
Irrigation timer, video switch,
plus the MailBag.
54 The Design Cycle
Advanced Techniques for Design Engineers
Taking USB Downstream.
62 Open Communication
The Latest in Networking and
Crystal Clock Oscillators: The Heart of
All Communications Products.
67 Smiley’s Workshop
Programming • Hardware • Projects
AVR Memory Part 3: Program Memory
in a Flash!
09 READER FEEDBACK
26 NEW PRODUCTS
FUNdamentals For Beginners
Just getting started in electronics? Try these
simple demos to illustrate electronics principles
and how components function in actual circuits!
60 How a Capacitor Works
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