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Traveling or on the road, sometimes finding an open network to get online and finish a job is more important than lunch or a nap. MASLOW (Mini Adafruit System Locates Open Wireless) is a tiny battery-powered WiFi detector with a 3D-printed enclosure…assemble one yourself and clip it to your laptop bag.
You're probably familiar with SRAM, DRAM, EEPROM and Flash but what about FRAM? FRAM is 'ferroelectric' RAM, which has some very interesting and useful properties. Unlike SRAM, FRAM does not lose the data when power is lost. In that sense it's a durable storage memory chip like Flash. However, it is much faster than Flash - and you don't have to deal with writing or erasing pages.
Representational state transfer (REST) is a software architecture that is widely used for web applications. In this project, we'll bring this architecture to Arduino so you can control an Arduino board via WiFi using a standard communication scheme. This way, you won't have to start from scratch at every new project and you'll be able to create complex wireless applications!
Your microcontroller probably has an ADC (analog -> digital converter) but does it have a DAC (digital -> analog converter)??? Now it can! This breakout board features the easy-to-use MCP4725 12-bit DAC. Control it via I2C and send it the value you want it to output, and the VOUT pin will have it. Great for audio / analog projects, such as when you can't use PWM but need a sine wave or adjustable bias point.
One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is how everyone starts with same piece of gear. Since the sound cards are identical on every unit it is trivial to load the drivers and play mp3 files. This guide describes how to connect input buttons and play audio files using a Raspberry Pi with Python. We make use of the Adafruit's Pi Cobbler Breakout Kit and the python module RPi.GPIO. If you have not already used the raspberry pi as a input device this guide will show you how to wire the pull-down resistors to the GPIO pins and buttons.
If you want to take your project portable you'll need a battery pack! For beginners, we suggest alkaline batteries, such as the venerable AA or 9V cell, great for making into larger multi-battery packs, easy to find and carry plenty of charge. If you want to go rechargable to save money and avoid waste, NiMH batteries can often replace alkalines. Eventually, however you may want to upgrade to the shiniest new technology - rechargable lithium ion/polymer batteries. In this guide you will learn all about these batteries, and how to properly use them in your projects.
A power supply is a device that supplies power to another device, at a specific voltage level, voltage type and current level. While it sounds simple, power supplies have a lot of little hang-ups that can be very tricky for the uninitiated. This tutorial will try to help explain all about power supplies.