While beeing an electronics enthusiast for ages now, I had a longer period where I’d only repair stuff and solder the odd circuit when I couldn’t find a ready-to-go product. The availability of microcontroller boards resulted in me getting involved in soldering again, but as I grew older the parts grew smaller. Soldering SMT isn’t that easy without a proper soldering station and although I could afford buying a professional one, I started to search the internet for some ideas for a Do-It-Yourself one.
I was happily surpised when I found Martin Kumm’s post and realised that this could be what I was thinking of. Martin had a kit with the needed parts, which I bought right away. Continue reading DIY SMT soldering station
Here’s a good idea to start experimenting with Arduino, without investing into a plethora of shields: 1Sheeld. As the name somehow states, it’s one shield that can replace a lot (I counted 38 on their site). You will need a smartphone, though, because 1Sheeld connects with it via Bluetooth and simulates the shields using an app.
Once again I crowdfunded a hardware project, this time Joypad made by Microduino. Joypad is a board where a Microduino core is plugged in. It’s quite compatible with Arduino, so experimenting with it is easy.
While communication with Microduino could be better, their service is very good. My first joypad had the wrong Microduino on it (Core instead of Core+) and was soldered badly. I got a replacement fast and for free. 10 of 10 points for that!
Mircroview is an Arduino derivate with an integrated display. Manufactured by SparkFun it was delivered in time and worked perfectly.
NavSpark GPS/GNSS is the result of a crowdfunding campaign, which aimed to create a Arduino compatible board, that includes GPS/GNSS hardware. It supports Arduino IDE for Linux und is populated with an 100MHz 32bit LEON3 Sparc-V8. 1024KB flash memory, 212KB RAM and a power consumption of ~80uA/MHz @ 3.3V makes it very interesting for mobile applications.
I haven’t done much more than a trying a few sketches out with that board, so I can’t really judge it.