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February 2007

Nuts and Volts Magazine


Features

iNterface Your iPod

With all the aftermarket products available for the iPod these days, it makes you wonder if you can’t hack into the iPod yourself and build your own iPod gizmos. Yes you can!


Getting Started With PICAXE Microncontrollers - Part 2

As promised, in Part 2 we will focus on interfacing the PICAXE-18X with a Hitachi HD44780-based LCD display. Finally, in Part 3, we will add a 12 or 16 key matrix keyboard and a piezo beeper to complete our I/O terminal.


Access Flash Drives With A Microcontroller

USB Flash drives provide a handy way to store any type of information in a small package. The drives — also known as thumb drives and USB keys — seem ideal for use in data loggers and other microcontroller-based projects...


Displays For All Occasions

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then moving pictures are surely worth many thousands of words. It is this great descriptive power of moving imagery that has made televisions so popular...



Projects

Catch the Wind

This is the first in a series of articles where I will take you into the world of building your own weather station and home automation system.


The Digi-Log Clock

This clock project is a little bit different. It combines digital logic and modern electronic components with the traditional analogpositional display (almost).


Wall-Wart-Less AVR Programmer User/Maker

This powerful tool now boasts new features that will make users and programmers lives easier!



Columns

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
Tesla Inventerd Radio, Not Marconi!
Okay, I am probably as guilty as you in believing that Marconi actually invented radio. But he did not and it has taken decades — actually, over a century — for the truth to come out. In fact, I am convinced that the truth is still not well known. Not to burst your bubble or anything, but here is the real story.

Personal Robotics
by Phil Davis
Personal Robotics - Part 2
Last month, I went over the process of constructing my homemade Motor Test Lab. Since then, I made a couple of changes to the basic design before using it to test a couple of motors. The first change I made was to add a block connector and a switch...

Q&A
by TJ Byers
Q&A
In this column, I answer questions about all aspects of electronics, including computer hardware, software, circuits, electronic theory, troubleshooting, and anything else of interest to the hobbyist.

TechKnowledgey
by Jeff Eckert
Techknowledgey 2007
Events, Advances, and News

Getting Started With PICS
by Chuck Hellebuyck
Quick And Dirty Hockey Scoreboard
Once you learn how to control an LCD module, you suddenly see them all over the place and numerous ideas for LCD projects come to mind. Over the years, I’ve done many projects with LCDs...

The Design Cycle
by Peter Best
Using Ethernet Inside A PIC
This month, we’ll discuss the virtues of the new Microchip PIC18F67J60 and build up an Ethernet system based on the single-chip Ethernet engine.

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