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Don’t Get Stung by a Wall Wart

Wall warts are used in place of internal AC-to-DC power supplies in most small devices — and for good reason. The powered unit can be more compact because of the obviously smaller parts count. There’s also no need to make allowances for convection cooling of components in the powered unit. The downside, of course, is the need to control a neverending, space-hungry herd of wall warts.


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New and in 3D: Automatic 3D data conversion and 3D-MID prototyping

Aarbergen - At this year's Munich Electronica trade fair (November 11th-14th), Beta LAYOUT continues to announce interesting innovations. Brand new for Beta LAYOUT at Electronica is the introduction of “3D-MID prototypes.” Molded Interconnect Device (MID) is the production of moldings with integrated conductive structures. With "Brd - to - 3D,” Beta LAYOUT presents a comprehensive 3D package for its customers. The complete virtual circuit board package can be created directly from an EAGLE *.brd file. Features include photo realistic images of the PCB, SMD stencil, and STEP file generation.


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WiDo - Open Source IoT Node (Arduino Compatible)

The WiDo Open Source IoT Node Arduino Compatible is a WIFI IoT Node development board, which integrates WG1300 WIFI solution. The Wido's microcontroller is ATMEL ATmega32U4 and is maker friendly. Fully compatible with Arduino and periphery modules. This is a credit card sized controller that comes with everything you need to connect to the cloud. And it's under $30! 


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Kickstarter: Dr.Duino

Arduino has taken developers by storm, making developing your next widget easier than ever. But testing and debugging your next big thing is difficult and pains taking with Arduino. Stacked boards prevent access to the ones underneath it. Forcing you to stack and unstack your megalithic tower countless times each time bending pins out of shape, possibly breaking them. OUCH! What’s more, attaching probes for monitoring purposes is a pain, and what about a ground pin for my Oscilloscope, Digital Multi-meter (DMM) or Logic Analyzer?


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The Ghost Phone

You walk into a darkened room where a rickety antique desk holds a dusty old telephone. To your surprise, it rings! You pick up the handset and hear static, hissing, and — just below the surface — the whispery words and scary sounds of a ghostly presence! You've just answered the Ghost Phone!


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