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Running an open source hardware and software company has its rewards. But it also has its challenges. Espruino is no different.

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The post Espruino: The Challenges of Running an Open Source Hardware and Software Company appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Adafruit’s Fona microcontroller, with a GSM phone module, can be used to make your very own dieselpunk cellphone that can make calls and store contacts.

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The post Build a 1930’s Style Dieselpunk Cellphone appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

bonus_1.slr_PRThis isn't your typical schoolroom globe... Create a Persistence-of-Vision LED Globe to display a map, a skull, or message.

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The post Build a Persistence-of-Vision LED Globe appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Go-Pokemon-Go-Game-Wallpaper-2016-Desktop-WallpaperDo you want to be the very best? Do you want to become a Pokemon Go master? Then here are 5 projects to help you level up and catch 'em all.

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Compare-Arduino-101Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) is a great bluetooth solution for your electronics product even if energy use isn't a factor.

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The post How to Develop a Sellable Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) Product appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

B2B-1Woodworking and electronics, automatons and camera sliders. Ben Brandt's YouTube channel offers lots of cool projects.

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The post Weekend Watch: B2Builds Dives into Electronics and Woodworking appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

_DSC6614m"It's not only a musical project, but a union between different arts and sciences, where the sound meets design, electronics, and computer science"

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The post LEDs and MIDIs: Check Out the STEAM-Inspired Music of Holograph appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Electronic installation in the grunting racquet handleDo you dream of developing a hot, new hardware gadget and bringing it to market? Maybe your goal is to make the world better with your product, or perhaps you just want to get filthy rich selling your product. Developing a project prototype using an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or other […]

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A variety of accessibility devices were on display at Maker Faire Bay Area 2016. Photo by Hep SvadjaWilliam Gerrey and Dr. Joshua Miele made the Blind Arduino Project to help those in the blind community expand their STEM and Maker education.

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The post Blind Arduino Project Proves You Don’t Need to See to Build Electronics appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

When I build electronics prototypes, it’s sometimes difficult to keep all the parts together without falling apart, especially if you need to move everything from one location to another. Between the breadboards, Arduino boards, programmers, FTDI cables, spare wires, and spare parts, I wanted to create a way to keep them all connected together without falling apart or losing anything.

To this end, I designed a laser-cut Project Plate. It has holes for mounting an Arduino or Arduino Mega, a place for sticking a double-breadboard, and a series of customizable short boxes for holding parts.

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It took less than 15 minutes to cut on the laser cutter, and assembly took about an hour, plus time for the glue to dry. You don’t have to glue down all the box separators if you want to have larger boxes for longer wires or tools. With the arduino screws extending below the bottom of the plate, I added some adhesive rubber feet to the bottom to elevate it off the work surface.

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You can buy rubber feet like this on Amazon for dirt cheap.

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If you want to cut your own, I have the SVG design file stored in the LaserCutProjectPlate repo at GitHub. I used 3mm (1/8″) baltic birch plywood and an 80W laser cutter.

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Ideas for future improvements:

  • Add a spot for a small USB hub?
  • Add holes for mounting banana plug binding posts?
  • Add a place to glue-down pass-through header pins for easier connections to chip programmers or FTDI cables?

Here are some additional photos:

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