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Arduino goes wireless, Yun explored

Arduino goes wireless, Yun explored

Arduino was once thought to be difficult to wirelessly connect to the internet, then the Arduino Yun came along and wireless connectivity got a whole lot easier.

What they did was integrate a Wi-Fi shield into the Arduino board. It will also run a Linux OS and comes with…

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Wrong-way driver alert is example of the connected car

Wrong-way driver alert is example of the connected car

Ever thought it would be a useful idea if a car was able to warn the driver if they mistakenly take a wrong turn and end up travelling the wrong way done a one-way road?

And if you suggest this could be a useful application for the so-called…

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TI Launchpad goes all educational

Students can now try their hands at designing IoT modules using the Texas Instruments MSP432 Launchpad development platform.

The supplier has come up with an Educational BoosterPack Mark II which it says can be used by beginners as well as more experienced engineers.

The BoosterPack provides the inputs and outputs…

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Eagle spreads its wings in the maker crossover market

Premier Farnell is recognising the growing commercial importance of the maker/hobbyist designer market through its CadSoft software business.

CadSoft has revamped the licence options for its Eagle PCB design tool which clearly differentiates between the products used by amateur makers and those maker designers creating commercial products.

Online distributors…

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Raspberry Pi becomes a laptop

Raspberry Pi becomes a laptop

We all know that Raspberry Pi is a useful tiny computer but now you can make it into a laptop PC with 13-inch screen and keyboard.

Two developers have come up with the idea of combining the processing power of a Raspberry Pi with 3D printing to create a…

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Bluetooth is changing the way we operate our TVs

Bluetooth is changing the way we operate our TVs

The increasing use of wireless handsets to operate smart TVs and set top boxes is changing the way products are being tested by suppliers.

Set-top box test system supplier RedRat says it is developing a new RF-based test suite in response to the growing use of wireless systems…

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UK has its own driverless car to rival Google Car

UK has its own driverless car to rival Google Car

The UK government-funded centre looking at connected vehicle technology will run the UK’s first Intelligent Mobility Hackathon in November.

According to organiser, the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), the two day event dubbed IMCreate will use real transport data to address critical problems within the UK’s transport network…

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Now you can buy the Raspberry Pi space sensor module

Now you can buy the Raspberry Pi space sensor module

When Raspberry Pi is launched into to space very soon it will include an add-on sensor module which will be used to carry out experiments during the Astro Pi space mission.

The module is called the SenseHAT and it can now be bought for £22.42 from Farnell element14…

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