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Some Toner-Transfer PCB Highlights

Some recent highlights from my home-made circuit boards using the toner-transfer method.

0.5 mm FPC breakout board

Yes, I have been told that I am crazy before… Designed in KiCAD

0.5 mm pitch FPC breakout board – before etching

0.5 mm pitch FPC breakout board – half-way etched

0.5 mm pitch […]

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A tiny watchdog

In a recent quick-and-dirty project with a Wemos D1 mini clone I had some problems with the reliability of the code. The ESP8266 contains two watchdogs which have the sole purpose to reset the chip if the firmware ever should get stuck. Previously I experienced these watchdogs to be too aggressive, but this was […]

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Hacking IKEA trådfri lighting automation

I recently visited IKEA again and got interested in their affordable line of home automation/LED lighting products called TRÅDFRI (meaing wireless in a play-with-words kind of Swedish). Of course there was already an internet community active in hacking these devices and I joined in.

Getting started

I installed the gateway and after pairing devices […]

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project update: a TTL/CMOS computer

Exactly one month later – our electronics course at Uppsala University just approaches its end – and I got the next shipment for my new project: 1.1 km of equipment wire.

Top deal of the week?

Today I received a newsletter from the publisher Elektor. I am offered a special deal on a Peltier power generator which can power an LED light from a small candle. And this for an astonishing price of €99.95 instead of the normal price of €119.95.

Great offer from Elektor.

I’ll have to buy […]

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240×320 TFT with touch on an ATmega328

It’s been a while since I purchased some TFT modules on eBay. These modules come in different sizes and two varieties – with and without integrated touch controller XPT2046. The controller in the TFT display itself is an ILI9341 wired up to be controlled by SPI.

240×320 pixel TFT display with integrated resistive […]

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Replacing three remotes

Idea

You know the problem – with every new gadget comes a new remote control, and while there are programmable and universal remote controls out there, they will never just do what you want.

The three main remotes in my living room.

For controlling my tv, my digital box and one of the […]

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Fakes from China

Inspired by a Youtube video from Bigclive I ordered some Solar Power Rechargeable Flash lights. I knew the risk but I thought it would be a possible way to get hold of some small amorphous silicon solar cell modules for some own projects.

yeah – a bang good solar flash light

Today I […]

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Hacking an AVR programmer II

This is a follow-up of my most popular post, Hacking an AVR programmer.

MX USBasp v3.02

Recently there have been quite a few comments about a new version 3.02 layout of the USBasp programmer available from many Chinese ebay sellers, which appears to be incompatible with my previous hack. The problem is still that […]

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Assembling an USBasp

…at eight times timelapse it only takes 4 ½ minutes…

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