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Using Paper Protos to Check EAGLE Footprints

Checking footprints in a PCB layout review with only the on-screen file can be a pain in the neck.  There are many different measurements that need to be made for each individual part, and the mouse-based measurement tool can be … Continue reading

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E14: Reviewing Fluke’s VT04 Visual IR Thermometer

This past week I got a Fluke VT04, a Visual IR Thermometer.  It is basically a $1,000 version of the very expensive IR cameras.  While it doesn’t have the resolution or nice image viewing computer software, boy was it easy … Continue reading

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Arduino Clones Can Be Better Than Shields

  Arduino is certainly the most popular method of getting info electronics, or at least embedded electronics.  My BlueStamp Engineering students seem to gravitate to them when selecting their projects.  But what about after the first few projects have been created … Continue reading

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Finally, an Arduino library for EAGLE!

Have you put together an Arduino-based circuit and looking to nicely (but easily) document it?  Or perhaps you’re looking to create an Arduino Shield with EAGLE and want to start with the correct dimensions of the headers.  Element14 has come … Continue reading

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Compiling Chris’ Context: An Interview with Chris Gammell

Chris Gammell is an accomplished Electrical Engineer who currently works in electronics design by day and talks his head off about electronics by night to anyone that’ll listen.  He co-hosts The Amp Hour podcast, writes on, tweets more than … Continue reading

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Frame-It: A Tool For Wading Through Millions of Parts

Hardware engineers everywhere know how crrazy selecting parts can be. Especially when a part change needs to occur months after intiial part selection. Why was this part so special? What were the nuances of it again?  Frame-it is a chrome … Continue reading

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E14 Op Ed: A uC course for Everyone

Have you ever heard Hardware people swearing up and down that a failure cannot be a problem with the board?  What about hearing that after listening to the software folk extolling the virtues of their code while explaining how that … Continue reading

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Chevy Keyless Entry Remote Failure & Repair

I currently drive a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt which is a remarkable automobile in the most fundamental sense: providing reasonable transportation for a reasonable cost.  She currently has ~102k miles and going strong.  Although this last year I’ve had both of … Continue reading

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E14 Article: EAGLE Autorouter Exploration

Anyone who is getting into PCB design will automatically be intrigued by the autorouter. It would make sense to the outside observer that an algorithm would be able to process millions of iterations of routings that finds the best balance … Continue reading

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E14 News: Time of the Hardware Startup

Has anyone else noticed that there are more and more hardware startups being formed, and becoming successful? I’ve seen a significant change in the focus at many of the events I’ve attended in 2013 and am excited for what is … Continue reading

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