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? ...
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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...
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YourDuino Arduino Robot Kit Review

  Over the last few weeks we have been looking at different Arduino based robot car kits. First we looked at the Elegoo Smart Car Robot Kit and then Pololu's Zumo 32U4. Both of these robot car kits are feature packed and either would be a great way to learn robot controls and theory with the comfort of the Arduino platform. But one thing both of these kits lack is easy expandability.  The Elegoo kit is easy to put together but the custom Arduino Shield that makes everything so easy i...
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BeatBot using Arduino with Vibration Switch and buzzer

BeatBot using VibrationSwitch
What is the BeatBot? The BeatBot is a BreakoutBros toy invented to entertain people who love tapping their fingers to a beat. It's very simple, and after playing with it for a while I had to share this creation. Using a vibration switch and a buzzer the BeatBot will sense a predetermined number of beats and play them back to you. You can tap your fingers along and it will remember the beat Check it out below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_-CwEs3bpc&feature=youtu.be Be sure to turn on y...
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Pololu Zumo Arduino Compatible Robot Kit Review

Here at BreakoutBros we are doing a series on Robot Kit Reviews. Last week we looked at the Elegoo Smart Car Robot Kit and today we are looking at the Pololu Zumo 32U4. Zumo is an Arduino compatible, palm sized, tread driven robot platform that's equipped with tons of sensors and surprisingly fast. It has 5 downward pointing IR sensors for line following, 5 IR range finders, a 3 axis accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, motor encoders, 3 selection buttons, a buzzer, and an LCD screen. Z...
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Control Arduino Over Wifi Using IoT Device – Photon

Arduino Particle Control Wifi
  Last week we looked into using the Particle Photon to connect to our RFID badge and LCD system using an Arduino to control an IoT device. But what about the other way around? This article we will discuss using an IoT device to control an Arduino. Level Shifters To do this we will be expanding on the 5V to 3.3V level shifter we made in the Photon RFID article and also create a 3.3v to 5.5V level shifter. Instead of using the Digital I/O pins and sending pin state data we will ...
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Elegoo UNO R3 Smart Robot Car Project Kit Review

Here at BreakoutBros we think robots are pretty cool. From industrial packaging equipment to self driving cars robots are changing the world around us. But even designers of the most advanced robots had to start somewhere. Luckily there have been some advances in technology and teaching methods that allow anyone to start playing with robots. We want as many people as possible to experience the joy (and sometimes frustration) of building and programming robots. However getting started in robo...
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Turning your Ardunio Project into an IoT device using Particle Photon

After reviewing the Particle Photon, I wanted to go back to one of our tutorials and add some IoT (Internet of Things) functionality using the Photon. In this tutorial I'll walk through how to have the Particle Photon email you by adding this capability to our RFID Badge Scanner with LCD tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEIj6VEkeXg&feature=youtu.be If you have not seen the RFID Badge Scanner with LCD tutorial, the first thing you will need to do is visit this article and get setup...
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Review of Pixy CMUcam5: the Vision System for Arduino

Pixy (CMUcam5) the camera with Image Processing on Board. One of the drawbacks of the Arduino as a robot controller is the lack of processing power capable of a robot vision system. The CMUcam5 Pixy, by Charmed Labs, is aimed at fixing that. Pixy started on Kickstarter but is now available at places like Amazon. By including a dedicated image processor on the same PCB as the camera, the Pixy only sends the information you want to your Arduino.  And it does this at a frame rate of 50 Hz.  ...
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Control Everything ACOM Arduino Shield Review

Today we are looking at the ACOM, the Arduino Shield for easy RF control and I2C expansion by ControlEverything.com. It's fitting that we are looking at this module a week after our review of the 1Sheeld because of the similarities. Both units plug directly into an Arduino Uno and give wireless connectivity and expanded output options. I would even say their key customer demographics are the same: creative types with mild Arduino experience willing to pay a little more for convince. While it's t...
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