The Arduino Revolution

The Arduino has quickly become the hobbyist's solution to any electronic problem. If anyone has been in the hobbyist sector of the internet they have heard of the Arduino. It's has become the one stop solution to programming and bringing projects to life. As more and more people get into this hobby the old way is quickly becoming a saga that within the next decade only senior hobbyist will remember. But what was this old way? Why is the Arduino such a big advancement for electronics hobbyists? ...

Configuring the ESP8266 using an Arduino and Software Serial Mirroring

A couple weeks ago we looked at an Internet of Things solution , the Particle Photon. After getting a lot of feedback from the community we got our hands on Riaspire ESP8266 WiFi board. This one of the many ESP8266 boards out there. The ESP8266 , like the Photon, is a  a WiFi enabled microcontroller module that can be used as a solution to any IoT project. However, as the Particle Photon was very simple to get setup and running with all of its support, the ESP8266 is leaps and bounds hard...

Review: Getting Started with the Particle Photon

Particle, Photon, Arduino, Review, IoT
Today we will be reviewing the Particle Photon. Particle introduced the Spark Core on Kickstarter in 2013 as an internet enabled micro controller that you could program over wifi. Since then they have moved to general production with the Photon. On the surface the Photon is like an Arduino integrated with a Wifi module. This allows the device to interface with the Internet of Things(IoT). It also has some pretty cool features that might make your next project simpler. Follow along as we open...

BreakoutBros Halloween Day Special: Stranger Things Board Tutorial

StrangerThings, Tutorial, Breakoutbros, Electronics
Happy Halloween! Today we are in the Halloween spirit and will be going over a tutorial to make a Stranger Things "HELP ME" Board. Parts you will need: Arduino or equivalent LEDs Cardboard or chipboard 9V Battery Wire Sharpie Electrical Tape The Elegoo Uno R3 Complete Starter kit turned out great for this as it includes 4 different LED colors. Luckily I also had some other color LEDs lying around so I could add more variety t...

Tutorial Arduino Mini Laser Turret Control

In this tutorial we will be making a "Laser Turret" using a joystick control. The joystick will move the laser on a turret and it will be able to turn the laser up and down while turning on or off the laser. Don't worry, the laser is just for show; we won't be harming anyone with this tutorial. We got the inspiration to create this Laser Turret when we were combining parts from the  Elegoo Uno R3 Starter Kit* and the 37 in 1 Elegoo Sensor Kit. We wanted to create something with a joystick con...

Do it yourself Motion Lamp

Motion Detect Light Bulb Lamp
For this tutorial our goal is to make a motion detect lamp. The lamp will turn on for a set amount of time if it sees any activity near it's motion detector. This tutorial is an expansion on our tutorial for controlling a light with an arduino using a relay. You should start with it before coming to this tutorial. It will make sure the relay and light fixture are working correctly. Everything needed to follow along with this tutorial can be found in the elegoo uno starter kit. You can get ...

Tutorial for Controlling your lights with Arduino and a Relay

A relay is an electro-mechanical device that uses an electromagnetic field to close a switch. The benefit of a relay is that it is isolated from the circuit that is being switched. This provides a safer isolation for your circuit and makes the design of the circuit very simple. The one downfall of the relay is that they will wear out more quickly than other switching devices such a triacs or IGBTs. They are also generally more expensive for the comparable application using the other devices. We ...

Tutorial for making an RFID badge scanner with LCD

RFID and LCD Tutorial
Today we will be delving into some of the parts we received from the Elegoo Uno R3 Starter Kit. Specifically the RFID RC522 module and the 1602A LCD. If you aren't familiar with RFID it stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It is a way to read information wirelessly. The benefit is that the RFID ID cards are cheap, and don't require being powered, the RFID transceiver powers it using an electromagnetic field. This is the same technology used for many badges and ID cards that are scanned. Re...