March www.nutsvolts.com 2010 Nuts&Volts
Projects & Features
32 Make the SmartStat-Plus
This MCU-controlled digital thermostat will
monitor your furnace and AC air filter, and
let you know if there’s a problem.
■ By Thomas R. Fox
39 Build Your Own
Electronics Test F ixtures
Setting up test fixtures for your components will
help you sort through your junk box quickly and
speed your projects along.
■ By W. Hartley Roberts
42 The Projects of Prototype This!
Take a closer look at the electronic aspects
of the different builds from the popular
Discovery Channel show Prototype This!
The first project is avrsimon — a modernized
version of the popular memory game.
■ With Joe Grand
48 Experiments with
Learn the fundamentals of renewable
energy through this educational series.
This month: Introducing the WindPitch
■ By John Gavlik
6 March 2010
11 READER FEEDBACK
26 NEW PRODUCTS
12 TechKnowledgey 2010
Events, Advances, and News
Topics covered include glitter power, an
entry-level server, Psystar throws in the
towel, plus some other stuff you’ll
16 The Spin Zone
Adventures in Propeller Programming
If you’ve been waiting for BASIC to play with the
Propeller, your wait is over!
Reader Questions Answered Here
A doorbell light, soldering iron timer,
revisiting the countdown timer and
large clock, plus more.
Part 3. We’ll build
voltmeter and meet
60 The Design
Advanced Techniques for Design Engineers
Making a mesh of things.
67 Near Space
Sun sensor for
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