Luminardo: Designing Enclosure

The idea of making enclosure fully out of acrylic panels was abandoned due to ‘squarish’ look of the final product. We really wanted to create something a little bit more stylish and this is why the most obvious choice was 3D printing. That way it was possible to make rounded corners and streamline shape. However, […]

Adding HM-10 Support to Arduino-Based CC-Debugger

After numerous reports of failures to flash HM-10 Bluetooth modules with the Arduino CC-Debugger we were lucky enough to get the module for experimentation and troubleshooting.

HM-10 BLE Module

To our surprise the tool indeed was refusing to communicate with the HM-10. Even ‘Info’ button kept reporting 0 Kb of flash memory which […]

Flashing BLE112 with Arduino-Based CC-Debugger

As it is always the case, many products from Texas Instruments require a CC-Debugger to flash program memory. Bluegiga’s BLE112 module is not an exception. But when one compares BLE112 and CC-Debugger prices things don’t look bright anymore – there is a little sense (if any) to pay $50 US dollars for a CC-Debugger to […]

The BlueButton – Envisaging Enclosure

Continuing the development cycle of the BlueButton today we are going to create an enclosure prototype which potentially could be 3D printed. The goal would be to fit PCBA into a plastic box comprising of three parts: a top shell, a bottom shell and a round button. All 3D bodies will be created by extrusion […]

‘Man it is Voodoo Magic!’

Silicon Chip August 2015

Silicon Chip Magazine – Editor’s response

Silicon Chip Magazine – Editor’s response continuation

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The BlueButton Project

Recently, after attending Ability-Maker-Meetup we were inspired by a group of friendly and openminded people with vision, passion, creativity and tremendous variety of skillsets. The people who share the same goal – to help those in need and with limited mobility by making openhardware things making hard lives of disabled people a bit easier and […]

Revisiting VFD PSU – Part III

It is time to test our revisited VFD PSU in real life. We are going to build a quick prototype using a PCB from MVFD 16S7D Panel with minimum components loaded. All we need to solder is a VFD controller IC2 (instead of HT16515 we are going to use PT6315 as they are pin-to-pin compatible), […]

Revisiting VFD PSU – Part II

We are continuing our experiments with an alternative VFD power supply which we started some time ago. The high voltage part remains pretty much unchanged for now – it is an inverting regulator based on inexpensive chip MC34063. Excessive current consumption (60-70mA) in idling mode is still an issue but we are not going to […]

Revisiting VFD PSU – Part I

The need in inexpensive, simple and compact power supply unit (PSU) for VFD projects has always been topical for us. MVFD 16S8D Panel was designed to address the challenge, however, as it always the case for first revision, there are some things which require improvements or rethinking. And MVFD Panel was not an exception in […]

VFD Color Filter Made of Plastic Glass

Stylish and professionally looking enclosures for DIY electronics is a known challenge for both beginners and advanced hobbysts. Custom made cases are either too expensive, too difficult/time consuming to build or the resulted forms are too primitive/ugly. Besides, electronics engineers usually are not exceptionally good at 3D designing and they tend to consider assembled and […]