USB volume knob for Windows, Mac OS and Linux – Part 1

In this article I want to take a look at the Atmel ATmega32U4 8-Bit microcontroller, which has a USB 2.0 controller built-in and therefore should enable anybody to make their own USB compatible HID devices. I’ll try to show the process by building a USB volume knob, which will allow the end-user to change the volume or completely mute all sounds on the device it is connected to. Continue reading USB volume knob for Windows, Mac OS and Linux – Part 1

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Banggood stuff web series

I started doing a new series on the YouTube-channel, in which I order cheap electronics DIY kits from banggood.com and then I review, what they sent me.

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Homemade DIY word clock – Low cost variant

In this article I want to cover an alternative I’ve come across while building the “real” word clock project. This version will not feature a 12×12 LED-Matrix display. Instead it’s made with LED strips and only the significant words on the clock can light up. With this method you can’t display custom messages, but the whole build won’t cost you as much either. Read all about this build in this article or watch this video:

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How to design your own CPU from scratch – Part 3

In this part of the series I’ll show you the necessary components for storing and executing programs on our micro processor! I’ll try to keep this part quite short, because I already explained in detail what a micro-instruction is and what it consists of on this CPU in part 2! So, let’s get the ball rolling. Continue reading How to design your own CPU from scratch – Part 3

How to design your own CPU from scratch – Part 1

I’m planning to make this a larger series of articles and videos about how to build your completely custom computer from scratch. I also plan to write an OS for the machine later (planned for summer 2018). Continue reading How to design your own CPU from scratch – Part 1