My First Brainfuck computer

mainAn ultra-small and low cost programmable computer for the masses

My First Brainfuck is an educational computer built to be as minimalistic as possible. I’m sorry for the use of the offensive f-word, but it is the actual name of the program language the computer uses. Description The My First Brainfuck … Continue reading Continue reading

Low cost microscope powered by USB

You can get a decent SMD stereo microscope for just 60$! I added external power so I don’t need to change the batteries.

Description How to add USB power to my 60$ microscope (Bresser junior 20x) Features Add current limiting resistor Add USB cable Add protective hardboard to the stage Development I recently bought a low cost (60$ or 50€) stereo microscope aimed … Continue reading Continue reading

Nanino – the DIY friendly Arduino

A minimalistic single sided Arduino compatible development board that is easy to make.

Nanino v08 with prototype area (seen from component side) Description A minimalistic single sided Arduino compatible development board. Features Single sided PCB (easy to manufacture) Arduino compatible form factor LED’s for power and pin 13 Easy to access reset switch … Continue reading Continue reading

Bringing a 12 year old Roland MDX-20 up to date

How to add: USB connection, FTDI drivers and a new postprocessor to a low cost CNC mill (Roland MDX-15 / MDX-20).

Description Adding USB connection, drivers and a new postprocessor to a low cost CNC mill (Roland MDX-15 / MDX-20). Features Adding USB interface to main PCB Custom FTDI driver HTML post processor Batch files to control mill Development During my … Continue reading Continue reading

Miniature USB to serial PCB

Build a small FT232 USB to serial adapter that fits directly in the USB port.

Description A small FT232 USB to serial adapter built to fit directly in the USB port Features Integrated USB header Standard FTDI cable pinout Single sided PCB (easy to manufacture) Rx,Tx led’s Miniature size Development Lately I have been developing … Continue reading Continue reading

Ultimate PIC16F628/627 breakout board

A miniature breakout board for rapid development of microprocessor projects.

Description A miniature breakout board for rapid development of microprocessor projects Features ICSP connector for quick programming and power (PICkit compatible) All pins available on standard .1” pin headers Single sided PCB (easy to manufacture) 4 debug led’s 1 generic … Continue reading Continue reading

Web controlled home automation

livingHow to build a web controlled home automation center. This post describes the software used with the miniature router (OpenWrt), the PIC 16F628 lab board, the serial communication and radio protocol.

Description This post is the last of three and describes the software needed to build a web controlled home automation center. The previous two describes how to add a serial interface to a router and how to build a microprocessor … Continue reading Continue reading

Web access lab board (internet of things)

Lab board to connect almost anything to the web. This low cost solution uses a 3$ PIC16F628 microprocessor and a 15$ OpenWRT router. Bring your projects online today!

Description Lab board to connect almost anything to the web. This low cost solution uses a 3$ PIC16F628 microprocessor and a 15$ OpenWRT router. 15$ TP-Link WR703N router Features 6 wire terminals for I/O and power/ gnd IR receiver 2 … Continue reading Continue reading

Using a Sony Ericsson dock as an USB2Serial adapter

Getting serial connection (5v RS232) from a USB SEMC DSS-20 SyncStation. Guide for: Disassembly, Attaching serial communication cables, Remove serial EEPROM to avoid custom drivers for the FTDI232 chip.

Description Getting serial connection (5v RS232) from a USB SEMC DSS-20 SyncStation Features Disassembly Attaching serial communication cables Remove serial EEPROM to avoid custom drivers Stripping down the PCB for minimal size Development During my time as concept creator at … Continue reading Continue reading

Accelerometer and digital compass (BGA & LGA) breakout board

Lab board for low cost 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis digital compass from mobile phone. I created two versions; one breakout board and one with integrated microprocessor and LDO.

Description Lab board for 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis digital compass from mobile phone. Features – accelerometer and compass breakout board Breakout connector for important signals Flip chip connection for BGA and LGA components Single sided PCB Features – microprocessor lab … Continue reading Continue reading