Add long-distance connectivity to your Arduino with the CATkit System

13 April 2014

Introduction Have you ever wanted to connect your Arduino to sensors or other devices but over a long distance? And we don’t mean a few metres – instead, distances of up to 100 metres? Doing so is possible with the CATkit system from SMART greenhouse. This system is a combination of small boards that are connected between […]

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Posted in arduino, catkit, kit review, tronixstuff

Review – Intel Galileo Arduino-compatible Development Board

12 February 2014

Introduction Over the last year or two the rise of the single-board computer has captured the imagination and energy of many people, to the point where popular opinion has been that the Arduino world had been left behind. However this is far from the truth – there’s Arduino-compatible SBCs such as the pcDuino and now […]

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Posted in arduino, galileo, intel, review, tronixstuff, tutorial10 Comments

Tutorial – Arduino and TFT Color Touch Screen

07 February 2014

Learn how to use an inexpensive TFT colour  touch LCD shield with your Arduino. This is chapter twenty-nine of our huge Arduino tutorial series. Updated 07/02/2014 There are many colour LCDs on the market that can be used with an Arduino, and in this tutorial we’ll explain how to use a model that is easy to use, […]

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Posted in arduino, LCD, Linksprite, TFT, touch screen, tronixstuff, tutorial

Tutorial – Arduino and Color LCD

03 February 2014

Learn how to use an inexpensive colour LCD shield with your Arduino. This is chapter twenty-eight of our huge Arduino tutorial series. Updated 03/02/2014 There are many colour LCDs on the market that can be used with an Arduino, and for this tutorial we’re using a relatively simple model available that is available from suppliers such […]

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Posted in arduino, LCD, LCD-09363, Linksprite, SHD_LCD_NOKIA, sparkfun, tronixstuff, tutorial0 Comments

Review – Iteaduino Lite “nearly 100% Arduino-compatible” board

31 January 2014

Introduction Over the last year there have been a few crowd-funded projects that offered very inexpensive Arduino-compatible boards. Frankly most of them weren’t anything out of the ordinary, however one of them is quite interesting due to the particular design of the board, and is the subject of this review. An established company Iteadstudio ran […]

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Posted in arduino, iteaduino, LGT8F88, review, tronixstuff14 Comments

Easily test and experiment with GSM modules using AT Command Tester

30 January 2014

Introduction Working with GSM modules and by extension Arduino GSM shields can either be a lot of fun or bring on a migraine. This is usually due to the quality of module, conditions placed on the end user by the network, reception, power supply and more. Furthermore we have learned after several years that even […]

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Tutorial – pcDuino GPIO with Arduino IDE

29 January 2014

Introduction In this tutorial we’ll explain how to use the GPIO pins of the Arduino implementation in the pcDuino v2. Although the pcDuino v2 is Arduino-compatible, there are a few differences that you need to be aware of – in order to make your projects a success and also to avoid any costly mistakes. This […]

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Posted in ADC, arduino, GPIO, I2C, pcDuino, PWM, SPI, tronixstuff, tutorial3 Comments

Kit Review – Altronics/Silicon Chip ISD2590 Digital Message Recorder

23 January 2014

Introduction Every month Australian electronics magazine Silicon Chip publishes a variety of projects, and in February 1994 they published the “90 Second Digital Message Recorder” project. That was a long time ago, however you can still find the kit today at Altronics (and at the time of writing, on sale for AU$26), and thus the subject of our review. The […]

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Posted in altronics, ISD2590, K9570, kit, kit review, silicon chip, tronixstuff0 Comments

Online data analysis with Arduino and plotly

21 January 2014

Introduction It’s 2014 and the Internet-of-Things is flying along at a rapid rate with all sorts of services and devices that share data and allow control via the Internet. In the spirit of this we look a new service called plotly. This is a ”collaborative data analysis and graphing tool” which allows you to upload your own data […]

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Posted in API, arduino, ethernet, plotly, tronixstuff, tutorial0 Comments

Tutorial – Arduino Mega and SM5100B GSM Cellular

18 January 2014

Connect your Arduino Mega or compatible to the cellular network with the SM5100 GSM module shield from Linksprite. If you have an Arduino Uno or compatible, visit this page. If you are looking for tutorials using the SIMCOM SIM900 GSM module, click here. This is chapter twenty-seven of a series originally titled “Getting Started/Moving Forward with Arduino!” by John […]

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Learn electronics with Chris Gammell and “Contextual Electronics”

16 January 2014

Electrical engineer Chris Gammell has spent almost a year creating his new online electronics program called “Contextual Electronics“, and we’re excited to share this with our readers. You may have heard of Chris from his regular successful podcast with Dave Jones  - “The Amp Hour“. Chris has the knowledge and expertise to take electronic ideas […]

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Posted in chris gammell, contextual, education, electronics, kicad, PCB

Tutorial – Arduino and MediaTek 3329 GPS

15 January 2014

Learn how to use MediaTek 3329-based GPS shields with Arduino in Chapter 19 of our Arduino Tutorials. The first chapter is here, the complete series is detailed here. If you have an EM406A GPS module, please visit the separate tutorial. Updated 15/01/2014 Introduction In this instalment we will introduce and examine the use of the Global Positioning System receivers […]

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Posted in arduino, GPS, Linksprite, Mediatek 3329, shield, SKM58, tronixstuff, tutorial0 Comments

Review – pcDuino v2

13 January 2014

Introduction Updated 29/01/2014 All pcDuino v2 tutorials In the last twelve months or so several somewhat inexpensive single-board computers have burst onto the market, and of those was the pcDuino from Linksprite. This has now evolved into the pcDuino v2, and Linksprite have sent us an example which is the topic of our review. The […]

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Tutorial – Arduino and SIM900 GSM Modules

08 January 2014

Use the SIM900 GSM modules with Arduino in Chapter 55 of our Arduino Tutorials. The first chapter is here, the complete series is detailed here. Updated 14/02/2014 Introduction The goal of this tutorial is to illustrate various methods of interaction between an Arduino Uno (or compatible) and the GSM cellular network using a SIM900 GSM shield, with which you can […]

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Posted in arduino, GSM, Linksprite, SIM900, SIMCOM, tronixstuff, tutorial72 Comments

Old Kit Review – Talking Electronics Fluorescent Simulator

06 January 2014

Introduction Slowly we’re working through the stock of old kits, and in this article we have the “Fluorescent Lamp” simulator from Talking Electronics. To save repeating myself you can read more about Talking Electronics here and watch interviews of the founder Colin Mitchell here. So why would you want to simulate a fluoro’ tube anyway? Model railways! […]

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Posted in electronics, kit review, talking electronics, tronixstuff

Project – Arduino “Book Monster”

24 December 2013

Introduction Recently we saw a neat project by the people from Evil Mad Scientist – their “Peek-O-Book“, a neat take on a book with a shy monster inside, based on hardware from their Snap-O-Lantern kit. Not wanting to fork out for the postage to Australia we decided to make our own version, of which you can […]

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Posted in arduino, evil mad science, freetronics, leostick, projects, tronixstuff, tutorial3 Comments

Arduino Tutorials – Chapter 42 – Numeric Keypads

16 December 2013

Learn how to use various numeric keypads with your Arduino. This is chapter forty-two of our huge Arduino tutorial series. Updated 16/12/2013 Numeric keypads can provide a simple end-user alternative for various interfaces for your projects. Or if you need a lot of buttons, they can save you a lot of time with regards to construction. We’ll […]

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Posted in arduino, COM-08653, numeric keypad, PIN, tronixstuff, tutorial7 Comments

Old Kit Review – Silicon Chip Transistor Beta Tester

15 December 2013

Introduction After exploring a quiet , dusty electronics store in the depths of suburbia the other week, I came across this kit from Altronics (K2534) which is the subject of this review. The Transistor Beta tester is the second revision of a tester designed by John Clarke for the March 1991 issue of Silicon Chip magazine, and […]

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Posted in altronics, K2534, kit review, test equipment, tronixstuff6 Comments

Arduino Tutorials – Chapter 22 – the AREF pin

12 December 2013

Learn how to measure smaller voltages with greater accuracy using your Arduino. This is chapter twenty-two of our huge Arduino tutorial series. Updated 12/12/2013 In this chapter we’ll look at how you can measure smaller voltages with greater accuracy using the analogue input pins on your Arduino or compatible board in conjunction with the AREF pin. However […]

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Posted in ADC, analogRead, arduino, aref, tronixstuff, tutorial11 Comments

Tutorial – LM3915 Logarithmic Dot/Bar Display Driver IC

09 December 2013

Introduction This is the second of three articles that will examine the LM391x series of LED driver ICs. The first covered the LM3914, this will cover the LM3915 and the LM3916 will follow. The goal of these is to have you using the parts in a small amount of time and experiment with your driver […]

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Posted in electronics, LM3915, TI, tronixstuff, tutorial2 Comments

Arduino Tutorials – Chapter 16 – Ethernet

06 December 2013

Learn how to connect your Arduino to the outside world via Ethernet This is chapter sixteen of our huge Arduino tutorial series. Updated 06/12/2013 In this chapter we will introduce and examine the use of Ethernet networking with Arduino over local networks and the greater Internet. It will be assumed that you have a basic understanding of computer networking, […]

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Posted in arduino, DEV-09026, DEV-11230, DHT22, ethernet, internet, iot, shield, tronixstuff, tutorial12 Comments

Kit Review – Jaycar “Short Circuits” 3 Digit Counter

05 December 2013

Introduction Time for another kit review and in this instalment we have a look at the “3 digit counter” kit from Jaycar. This is part of a much larger series of kits that are described in a three volume set of educational books from Jaycar titled “Short Circuits”. Aimed at the younger readers or anyone […]

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Posted in education, electronics, jaycar, kit, kit review, KJ8234, tronixstuff4 Comments

Arduino Tutorials – Chapter 30 – twitter

04 December 2013

Learn how to tweet from your Arduino. This is chapter thirty of our huge Arduino tutorial series. Updated 04/12/2013 In this article you will learn how to send messages from an Ethernet-enabled Arduino to twitter. For the uninitiated who may be thinking “what is all this twitter nonsense about?”, twitter is a form of microblogging.  You can create a […]

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Posted in arduino, ethernet, shield, tronixstuff, tutorial, twitter13 Comments

Tutorial – Send email with the Arduino Yún

23 November 2013

Introduction This is the third in a series of tutorials examining various uses of the Arduino Yún. In this article we’ll examine how your Arduino Yún can send email from a Google email account. Doing so gives you a neat and simple method of sending data captured by the Arduino Yún or other notifications. Getting Started If you haven’t already […]

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Posted in arduino, email, gmail, iot, temboo, tutorial, Yún6 Comments

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