DIY SMT soldering station

SMT soldering

I have been an electronics enthusiast for ages now. I had a long period of only repairing stuff and soldering the odd circuit, when I couldn’t find a ready-to-go product. The availability of microcontroller boards got me involved in soldering again, but as I grew older, the parts became 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

1Sheeld

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.

1Sheeld

Joypad and Mircroduino Core+

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.

Joypad with Microduino Core+

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!

NavSpark GPS/GNSS

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.

NavSpark

I haven’t done much more than a trying a few sketches out with that board, so I can’t really judge it.