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4 March 2014
08 TechKnowledgey 2014
Events, Advances, and News
Topics to read about this time include squeezing out
leakage; faster, cheaper SSD; a real crock; plus some
other interesting stuff.
12 The Spin Zone
Adventures in Propeller Programming
More Shifty Business.
Expanding quadrature encoder inputs using
54 Smiley’s Workshop
Programming • Hardware • Projects
The Arduino Classroom.
Arduino 101/Chapter 3: How an Arduino
Get introduced to the basic concepts of an Arduino
program, then use those concepts to keep counts
and times so you can blink some LEDs in a pattern.
62 Near Space
Approaching the Final Frontier
A New Airframe Design for Near
Spacecraft — Part 3.
Securing the more expensive internals of a near
spacecraft to the airframe is the final — and perhaps
most important — step in finishing the new design.
67 The Design Cycle
Advanced Techniques for
Setting Up Linux With Bones is a
Piece of Pi.
I'm a Microchip PIC kind of guy. However, when it
comes to Linux, almost any flavor will do.
The Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black are getting
lots of press. So, instead of deciding whether to
bake a Pi or walk the Dog, we are going to do both.
In this installment of Design Cycle, we will make the
crust and put a leash on the Dog.
22 Build an Inexpensive 12 volt/
12 amp Modern Digital Solar
This reader-requested solar controller for
charging 12 volt lead-acid batteries is very
simple to build and will help keep your
batteries in tip-topped off shape.
■ By Ron Newton
28 A Multi-Stage High Speed
This neat little device will help you make
those close calls in high speed
■ By John Mastromoro
33 A Unique LED Clock
Just when you thought there were
no more cool electronic clocks to build,
this Arduino-controlled version
■ By Craig A. Lindley
40 Breaking the Arduino
Just how fast can you push the Arduino
platform before it releases that magic
smoke? Very fast, actually.
■ By Bob Davis
48 MakerPlot — The DIY Software
Kit ... Part 6
See how to have MakerPlot send info to
your micro of choice to control the
firmware’s setpoint using a “slider”.
■ By John Gavlik and Martin Hebel
Know Your Basics
07 READER FEEDBACK
18 NEW PRODUCTS
74 NV WEBSTORE
78 TECH FORUM
81 AD INDEX