Serial to parallel and parallel to serial conversion with shift registers

Shift registers can be used in a wide variety of applications. You can, for example, use them to convert multiple parallel data lines to a single serial line and vice-versa. This technique can be used to extend the number of available in- and outputs of a microcontroller and this article will show you how you can achieve this.

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How to use the ESP8266 for wireless communication

More than often enough parts of projects will have to communicate with each other or external devices. This can either be done by directly connecting the devices with cables but sometimes it’s more convenient to wirelessly connect the different pieces of hardware. This article will show you how to use the ESP8266 and it also includes two examples for using it with a Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards.

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How to use an EEPROM to permanently store data with your Arduino

Some Arduino boards have a built-in EEPROM that can be written to and read from in your programs. I not only want to discuss how that’s possible but I also want to show you an alternative while talking about EEPROMs and memory in general.

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Nixie tube thermometer – Part 3

In the third part of this series, I want to talk about the PCB design and the custom case for the electronics. I’ll also revisit the transistor array, which I didn’t finish in part 1 of this series and I test the completed project and show it in action. Continue reading Nixie tube thermometer – Part 3

VGA signal generation using discrete electronic components

It’s been a while since I published this series of articles on nerdhut about monochrome video signals for an old Macintosh CRT. I wanted to post a short follow-up article about VGA and how to generate such signals. This article will also be a follow up to the custom CPU series and it will be another step towards the custom computer, I always wanted to design and build.

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Nixie tube thermometer – Part 2

In this part of the series I’ll discuss how to read data from the temperature sensor, make the Arduino react to claps and I’ll also go over the software that controls all these features and then displays the right numbers on the Nixie tube display. Continue reading Nixie tube thermometer – Part 2