Getting started with the Seeedstudio XIAO

This video takes a look at the Seeedstudio XIAO board. In it, I unbox the device, take a look around it, assemble it, and I also show you how to prepare the Arduino IDE to get the XIAO up and running in no time!

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Building an Arduino based capacitive touch kitchen timer – Part 2

This part of the Arduino based capacitive touch kitchen timer series discusses the hardware aspects of the project. In the last part, we took a look at the project idea itself, the goals, and skimmed over the theoretical principles behind capacitive sensing. So, it was now time to design a simple circuit and a PCB, which proved to be quite a bit more difficult than expected…

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Building an Arduino based capacitive touch kitchen timer – Part 1

A dear friend of mine recently sent me a very interesting idea for a new project, and I decided to pick it up and got working at it as soon as I could. His idea was to build a digital kitchen timer that operates like the USB volume knob I built a while ago. I didn’t just want to recycle an old design, and the USB volume knob would be pretty unsanitary in a kitchen anyway. So we came up with a new idea that involves capacitive touch sensing and an Arduino, and this series of articles discusses each part of the project from the first idea, to the theoretical aspects, all the way to the hardware and software. I decided to write this series as the project goes along (similarly to the older word clock series), so things are subject to changes. However, I think this gives you a good opportunity to see just how much trial and error goes into such a project, and I hope I can help you avoid mistakes that I make by documenting them.

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Control a CRT with the Raspberry Pi DPI

I managed to send video signals to a Mac Classic’s internal CRT monitor from a BeagleBone Black back in 2016, and it seems like this is a topic that a lot of people are still interested in. A recent discussion gave me the idea to try and do the same thing with a Raspberry Pi, and I wanted to document the experiment in this article.

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A simple universal 800×600 VGA signal generation circuit

You may have seen this article where I discussed a 640×480 VGA signal generator that I designed and built. The signals, that circuit generated, were correct when measured with an oscilloscope. However, I concluded that I didn’t know why my display hardware had a hard time displaying an image and I found the reason for that and updated the circuit to generate the necessary signals for displaying an 800×600 image with a refresh rate of 60 Hertz.

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USB volume knob for Windows, Mac OS and Linux – Part 2

I finally came around finishing this project and I also made a video in which I explain the build and also show you how to assemble the project. This article covers the case design and some changes in the source code in more detail compared to the video.

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