Micah Wyenn

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Circuito.io Helps Beginners Assemble Electronic Projects

For many people, there is a vast gap between having an idea and knowing what electronic components are necessary to construct that idea. With the ubiquity of components and modules available, you can come up with a concept and understand that you can get the parts, but making them all talk to each …

Take a Video Crash Course in Beginner Electronics

In 2008 and 2009, <i>Make:</i> produced a wonderful series of videos, called <i>MAKE Presents</i>, done by the inimitable Collin Cunningham. The idea was to create a series of highly entertaining, user-friendly, and informative videos that would explain the rudiments of electronics — the basic components, tools, …

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

A few years ago, I noticed around half a dozen courageous companies beginning experiments to remove ratings from their performance management systems. Companies such as Juniper and Adobe stopped giving people a one-to-five rating or evaluating employees on a “performance curve,” also known as the …

This app lets you do Weight Watchers without paying for it — and I can't believe how good it is

You input your weight, height, and age information along with your goals and a few other things. When you're done, you get a plan to help you reach your desired weight safely. The idea is that you get an allotment of daily "points" to consume along with flexible weekly points. If you stay inside …

Weight Watchers

YC-Backed Livecoding.tv Is Twitch.tv For Coding

Livecoding.tv, a startup in Y Combinator’s current class, is launching today to help coders learn from their peers in real time.<p>The way Livecoding works is pretty simple. Developers stream live video of themselves coding, and users watching can ask questions or give feedback.<p>Since launching a beta …

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The Voltera V-One Makes Circuit Boards In Minutes

Building circuit boards is fun but difficult. While you could do it at home with a some etchant and some clear plastic, Voltera hopes to make the entire process much easier with their V-One circuit printer.<p>The creators, James Pickard, Jesus Zozaya, and Alroy Almeida all studied Mechatronics …

Stanford scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery

In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions …

Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the …

Emergency phone and internet data laws to be passed

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1091000/1091894_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532576914_823f5aabd7f870322d6abd8301918ca3<p><b>Emergency powers to ensure police and security services can continue to access phone and internet records are being rushed through Parliament.</b><p>Prime …

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UK govt seeks data retention law after EU verdict

LONDON (AP) — Concerned after a European court ruled in favor of citizens' right to privacy, Britain's prime minister pledged Thursday to rush …

Your Computer Downtime Could Help Crack the Alzheimer's Code

George Mason University researchers create a distributed computing project to unravel the mysteries of the disease.<p>Researchers at George Mason University have created a tool that allows anyone to donate their computer downtime to Alzheimer’s research, enlisting the public’s help in studying the …

Monitor the Health & Vitality of Your Home Garden with Weekend Projects

Our Weekend Projects series currently boasts an astounding 60 beginner-friendly builds. There’s something for makers of all skill levels! Projects range from homemade instruments to motor controllers, from weekend-long undertakings that combine hardware & software to simple circuits you can …

Capacitor Code Calculator

• All the online calculators and more in a stand-alone application<br>• Converts Resistor & Inductor colour codes, calculates LED series resistors, …

Arduino and Wi-Fi, together in the immediate future

A couple of new boards are making your DIY projects wireless.<p>At today’s Bay Area Maker Fair, Arduino announced its newest board—the Arduino Yún. The …

YC-backed Kippt launches Inc, the ultimate startup communication tool (exclusive)

Startups can completely fall apart over miscommunication.<p>Y Combinator-backed Kippt released a new product for companies today called Inc, which seeks to improve communications among teams and provide a better alternative to email.<p>Kippt is a web service for finding, reading, storing, searching, and …

Component of the Month: LEDs and Diodes

<i>Light-emitting diodes (LEDs), as well as diodes of the non light-up variety, are the topic for June’s Component of the Month coverage.</i><p>We kick off June with an excerpt from Syuzi Pakhchyan’s excellent resource for wearable tech, Fashioning Technology.<p>Want to learn more about LEDs and diodes? We’ll …

Free your Fitbit: can a 'Human API' liberate your health data from corporate overlords?

First came the fitness trackers. Wearable electronic sensors like the Fitbit, Nike FuelBand, Jawbone Up, and Withings have taken off in recent years, letting users automatically collect oodles of data on their running mileage, food intake, and general activity levels. But the boom in body tracking …

Arduino particle light box generates animations from sound

Simple tools used well can produce fantastic results. The hardware which [Gilad] uses in this project is the definition of common. We’d bet you have …

How to Use IR Remotes With Arduino

Driftwood Binary Clock<p>DIY ACRYLIC INDIGO BUTTERFLY LAMP.<p>Arduino GoPro Wifi Control<p>Arduino Class<p>JUST PERFECT!!!<p>Best Arduino related tutorial and …

Automate Your Window Blinds with an Arduino

Summer is just around the corner, and managing your window blinds is an important step to keeping your house cool and lowering your energy bill. If …

Faster IO on the Arduino

This article will show you how to control the Arduino IO pins faster, a lot faster.<p>We all know we can use the digitalWrite() command to set an IO pin …

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Sensing Color With a LED and Op Amp

Robot Room’s David Cook shows how an LED and op amp, along with a resistor and cap, can be built into an amplified color sensor.<p>Unfortunately, even under the best conditions, photodiodes (and reversed LEDs) don’t provide a lot of current flow. The output of the photodiode needs to be amplified for …

The Internet of Things: In action

<i>The following is a guest post by Lauren Fisher of Simply Zesty.</i><p>By 2015, six billion objects in the world will be connected to the internet. While it may seem tricky to grasp as a concept, the internet of things is nothing simpler, and more stunning, than objects being connected to the internet. At …

Launching The Internet Of Everything One Startup At A Time

With our May 16 <i>Techonomy Lab: Man, Machines, and the Network</i> in Menlo Park this week, we look at five startups delivering connectivity to consumers in various aspects of their lives.<p>BERG Cloud of London pivoted from design consultancy to cloud service with its own connected products. In 2006 BERG …

ABC – Arduino Basic Connections

Forums member pighixxx is producing an illustrated series of Arduino Basic Connections – just about everything you every wanted to know about how …

Script makes custom pinout labels for your chips

After years of prototyping hobby electronics we’ve learned (several times actually) that when something’s not working it’s a problem with the …

Arduino MEGA and Leonardo Pinout Diagrams

Check out these inspiring Arduino pin-out diagrams from “pighixxx” member of our community in the Adafruit Forums, the MEGA (above) and Leonardo …

The Arduino Basic Connects Chart Is a Handy Reference Guide for All Your Arduino Projects

Learning how to do everything on the Arduino can get a little tricky when you're working with a lot of parts. Thankfully, Arduino forum member Romano …