Category Archives: Hardware

WiFi Scanner using PCD8544 and NodeMCU

While searching in my Pandora’s box of electronics, I came across the beautiful PCD8544, or the more familiar name, the Nokia 5110 LCD. This amazing piece of hardware is fully programmable using Arduino or ESP8266/NodeMCU. Thanks to Adafruit and bbx10 for their libraries which make our lives easier. The display has a resolution of 84×48 pixels. Each pixel can only be on or off, so there you have it, a… Read Article →

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Touch Board and the famous Electric Paint

Touch Board Have you heard of an Arduino compatible device which supports Touch interface, distance sensing, MicroSD Card, Audio Jack, MP3 decoder, Micro USB, JST Connector and more. Well, we have! Let’s introduce our newest board, Touch Board which was brought to life by Bare Conductive. In this article we are going to review this product by mentioning specifications, use cases and what is particularly interesting about this product. Touch… Read Article →

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Extend WiFi with an ESP8266

The ESP8266 is known for it’s powerful features and performance despite its small size. However few knew it could act as a WiFi extender/repeater. From previous lessons, we learned how to make the ESP8266 act as both a station and an access point. Now we are going to use that functionality at the same time with a little twist. Unfortunately the standard firmware is not capable of forwarding packets between… Read Article →




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Detect Vibrations using a piezo element

A rather simple, cheap, yet effective way to detect vibrations is by using a piezo element. The piezo element is an electrical component found in many commercial products to detect impacts, vibrations, pressures and also to produce sound. The piezoelectric effect (as it is known) was discovered in 1880 by French physicists Jacques and Pierre Curie. By definition the piezoelectric effect is the electric charge accumulated in certain solid materials… Read Article →

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Keep accurate time using Real Time Clock (RTC)

The Arduino board can keep time using millis() which increment from boot up till shutdown, then it will start over again. But what if we needed to keep time indefinitely, independently whether the board is switched on or off? What if we don’t want millis() but we want the year, month, day and time? How do we compensate for leap years? No worries. We are fortunate enough to have the… Read Article →

Arduino Beginner’s Course Lesson 7– Understanding Interrupts

You can download our e-book ‘Learn Arduino from Scratch’ from this link What are interrupts? Well they interrupt something for sure, precisely they interrupt the main program execution of the CPU. In Arduino we have 2 main functions the setup() and the loop(). Interrupts interrupt code execution in the loop(). But why should we care about interrupts anyway? They are not something to be feared, they make your code cleaner… Read Article →




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Messing with WiFi protocol, Esp8266 and fake APs

You can download our e-book ‘Learn Arduino from Scratch’ from this link I was browsing the internet on a rainy day, and stumbled upon some cool stuff. The ESP8266, apart from being a super chip, which can be turned into a station and an access point, it can also do some weird stuff at the lowest possible level on the WiFi protocol. wifi_send_pkt_freedom() is a function built in Arduino Core… Read Article →

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ESP8266 Tutorial Part 3 – Running a simple Web Server

You can download our e-book ‘Learn Arduino’ from this link Last time you learned how to connect the ESP8266 to a WiFi network and download data from a URL. Today we will explore a way to listen to connections just like a server; a web server in fact. The ESP will listen for connections on port 80 and will serve simple pages to connected clients. For this example, a different… Read Article →




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The ESP8266 – A Tutorial – Part 1 Environment Setup

You can download our e-book ‘Learn Arduino’ from this link Introduction The Internet of Things is a relatively new concept in the world of electronics. It was also quite expensive and maybe even unreachable by some hobbyists. The introduction of the ESP8266 changed that perception forever. Being first designed as a simple Serial WiFi adapter; today it is the most common IoT device among electronic hobbyists and hackers alike. The… Read Article →