Seed Studio offered me a sample device (see specs) for exchange for an article on my blog and I accepted. The device came a few weeks ago so I am fulfilling my part.
When it came, I went to their page and searched for some example code to test and I picked GitHub Stats example. The documentation is pretty good but it describes the usage with original Arduino IDE which is not my weapon of choice. Some time ago I noticed PlatformIO added support for this device so I wanted to use it.
I was thinking how to automatically generate PDF schematics for my public KiCad repos without committing it to the repo itself. I managed to make Travis CI do this for me and put the output to Github Releases.
My wife owns a Samsung NX-300 camera and I wanted to use it for longer periods without needing to charge batteries round and round. Unfortunately, this camera can use its microUSB port only for charging – it doesn’t work without a battery and doesn’t charge when powered on. So I had to create a dummy battery.
I’m planning to use FM24CL16 EEPROMs in some projects. These are simple I2C EEPROMs but based on FRAM technology so they should last 10^14 of writes while typical 24Cxx chips only last one million. They are much cheaper on aliexpress than at my local distributor so I ordered 5pcs from this seller for about 40 cents each. Since my local distributor sells them 5 times more expensive I was a little bit suspicious if these are legit parts so I decided to test them.
I got inspired by comma.ai – it’s a HW device which will drive your car, pretty much like Tesla does but for a fraction of it’s price. For this, it needs to connect to CAN bus of your car. My current car cannot be driven by wire but it has some simple CAN buses so I decided to have a little play with one of them, just to explore the technology. Continue reading Playing with CAN bus→