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How the ESP8266 Community Added Arduino Support for the $5 Microcontroller

The ESP8266 is a UART to WiFi SoC built around a Tensilica Xtensa LX3 processor — shipping on a somewhat bewildering variety of breakout boards — the most commonly available being the ESP-01 which has a tiny form factor and can cost less than $5. However perhaps the most interesting thing about it …

Wacky and World-Class New 3D Printers at Midwest RepRap Fest

A large 3D printed clock tower on display.<p>SeeMe CNC’s new Eris prototype.<p>A rare spotting of two Tantillus printers.<p>A cute CoreXZ.<p>The unique Walley on display.<p>A custom printed Taz with a few extras.<p>The HaqBot is more finished than its name implies.<p>A K’Nex built printer with a couple of its …

Check Your Grill’s Remaining Propane? There’s An App For That

Ever wonder how many hours of grilling are left in a tank of propane? Makers Frank Vigilante and Brendan Glunz built a prototype device that can be attached to the standard brass valve between a propane tank and grill to measure the internal pressure—and sends the data to an app, so you can check …

Build a Raspberry Pi Powered Home Arcade

Play all your favorite 8-bit video games with MAME and an Arduino Esplora controller.<p>The Raspberry Pi is great for all sorts of small computing applications — 3D printing servers, in-car computing, and more. But the Pi can also be the beating heart of a classic video arcade machine. And who doesn’t …