Archive for the 'Electronics' Category

RoboPIC 18F4550 made for STEM Education in Electronics & Robotics

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

I am happy to announce RoboPIC 18F4550 Mikronauts new development board for STEM education in Robotics and Electronics.

RoboPIC 18F4550 Robot controller @
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I designed RoboPIC 18F4550 to be easy to assemble and use with ANY single board computer, laptop or full size PC.

You can write programs for RoboPIC 18F4550 with your Windows, OS/X or Linux based PC using one of three free development tool chains.

For more details, please see the RoboPIC 18F4550 product page.

If you would like to discuss RoboPIC 18F4550, please join our forums.

School, reseller and distributor inquiries are welcome!

Building a Raspberry Pi Development Board

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Making a Raspberry Pi Development Board @

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I got tired of the mess of interconnected boards that normally graced my workbench whenever I was working on something, so I made a nice clean portable development board based on one of my Raspberry Pi Model B’s!

How? Click on the following link:

ESP8266 experiments – making a simple development board

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The ESP8266 based WiFi modules introduced last year have made making WiFi connected sensor nodes much easier – and much cheaper.

ESP8266 ESP-01 Module Experiments

In this article I describe making a small development board for ESP-01 modules, and taking the first steps with it.

Great soldering & de-soldering videos

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

One of my customers asked if I had some instructional videos for soldering and de-soldering.

Pi Droid Alpha @

Before starting to make videos myself, I thought I’d check YouTube … I thought there should be some good videos there.

I was right! After going through a bunch of videos, I found these videos by CuriousInventor that will be very helpful to those new to soldering:

How to Solder Electronics

How to Desolder Through-Hole Parts, Why Some Joints are Difficult

I liked his videos enough to make this post and subscribe to his YouTube channel.

(I am NOT getting paid or compensated in any way for this post… I just liked his videos and wanted to share)