Illustrating circuits and electronics using Fritzing

Illustrating circuits and electronics using Fritzing

I found Fritzing a few days ago and have been having a lot of fun with it. This free software/website combo allows you to easily create great looking electronics illustrations. It can handle pictures of the actual parts (like an Arduino and a bread board), schematics, and even PCB layouts. I’ve decided this would be a great program to use for making illustrations for SproutBoard. Fritzing...

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Using my Arduino, a 7-segment LED, and a shift register

Using my Arduino, a 7-segment LED, and a shift register

I dug out a pile of my old electronic components to see if anything would be useful with my Arduino only to discover that most of the stuff I have just isn’t needed when you are using a microcontroller. I did, however, have a 7-segment LED. At first I plugged it into the outputs on the Arduino, but this used up nearly all of them to run the single 7-segment LED. I did some searching and...

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My first Arduino

My first Arduino

A few weeks ago I ordered my first Arduino as part of the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit. I bought direct from SparkFun without realizing that it was the same price on Amazon but with free shipping. Bummer, but I’ve moved on with my life.¬†Anyways, it arrived today and I got to spend an hour or two playing with it. Oh man is it fun! The kit came with a few basic tutorials to get you up to...

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Starting a new company

Starting a new company

About two weeks ago I was happily drifting off to sleep when my cell phone rang. I hate getting voicemails more than I hate getting woken up in the middle of the night so I took the call. To my surprise it was a mission buddy, Jon, pitching me a business he wanted me to invest in. I’ve been trying to come up with a unique physical product to sell for years, so I was very excited to have...

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