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Create a Cross Platform App Using Blynk

As “fun” as it is to take days if not months to create a mobile app, no one likes to wait. So, how can you get to something working that you can get up and running and focus on the next thing? Enter Blynk. Blynk is an app that creates apps. You can use it to monitor the air inside your house or even turn your lights on and off. Your imagination is your limitation....

Getting Started in Product Development

Are you knee deep in product development and trying to figure out how to best prototype or produce your product? Maybe you just need some inspiration? Or maybe you want to make sure that you’re working with the right manufacturing partner? If any of those questions resonate with you these three posts are definitely for you. Check them out below so you can start taking action on developing your product or at least give you the knowledge of some of the steps along the way to make the process a little less painful....

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Getting Started in Product Development

How to Optimize Your Bluetooth Device Battery Life

If your product isn’t lasting as long as you want to, it may be time to do a current profile on your product and see where you can optimize power. This is a must for battery powered products and will save you from the dreaded customer induced headache 🤯 in the future. Once you know how you’re going to power your product, it’s time to figure out how much power you can save with this handy technique....

How to Build a Particle Photon Powered Temperature Sensor

In the beginning, there was nothing. Then, you figure it out and go from there. Someone Wise Every project has it’s beginnings. Mine began with a simple hypothesis: “Could I, using the Particle Photon, to monitor a wood-stove for a winter season running on two AA lithium batteries.“ So, there were two things to think about during this process Constraints of the batteries Functionality of the design In order to get the best battery life, the system has to be in a very low power draw state most of the time....

Adding Search to a Hugo Site With Lunr and Gulp

I just recently added search to Circuit Dojo but it was not as straight forward as I had hoped. There was plenty of people who had done it but there were some important details that were left out. So, like anyone else in this situation, I hacked on it a bit to understand how things work under the hood. Here’s the process from beginning to end on how to get it done using a Gulpfile, and some Hugo templates generated on compile time....

Prototype Electronics With Wire Wrap

Wire wrapping one of my favorite prototyping techniques. Used previously for making the interconnections between integrated circuits on motherboards in the 60’s and 70’s it has since gone by the wayside due to the advent of printed circuit board assembly. I stumbled upon it a few years ago while I was developing some test fixtures for the company I was working for at the time. Turns out that the vendor that was building our fixtures uses it every day!...

Deploy HomeBridge On Raspberry Pi Using Resin.io

I’ve been nerding out. It’s something I just can’t stop sometimes. Most recently working on making our home more connected and efficient. Part of the effort was experimenting with some Wemos I had purchased off of eBay about a month ago. The Wemo app works alright but there’s definitely more to be desired there. (Plus it makes me cringe to think every Wemo is running DDWRT) The main problem? Wemo doesn’t support Apple Homekit....

Connectivity in an Iot World Long Range Part 2

In my previous article, I went into detail about the short range possibilities for connecting a device to the outside world. But sometimes you need to go the distance; and when I’m talking about distance, i’m talking about 1-12 miles line of sight! In this article, I go into the details about the different types of long-distance embedded communication. These are the types of protocols that get your sensor data to the cloud so they can be consumed by your service and transformed into something useful for the end customer....

Connectivity in an Iot World Short Range Part 1

It’s been a while since i’ve played with Bluetooth and I’ve been researching every connectivity technology that exists to create a IoT. After some laborious searching reading and chatting industry experts, I realized that there were too many to count! In this short series i’m going to deconstruct the biggest players in the arena and tell you the benefits and where they should be used in an end application....

What's Cool in Hardware - May 2017

Over my past few posts there has been a common theme of “using things that already exist.” This stems from a mindset of building things from scratch whether or not they’re actually warranted or needed. For instance, you may work with a fussy firmware engineer who finds the provided vendor code just deplorable to use. That person then takes extra time to go about writing their own platform or system that replaces the vendor code....