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January 2010

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Garage Parking Assistant

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Features

Explore USB with WinUSB

Learn how to program and access Win USB devices with this introduction to the firmware and applications. You can use it in your next project that utilizes USB.



Projects

Garage Parking Assistant

Say goodbye to your teenis ball on a string! Now you can park your car in the garage easily and electronically with this cool device!


Turn A Broken Laptop Into A Digital Picture Frame

Give an old laptop a new life by turning it into a digital photo gallery.


Experiments with Alternative Energy

Learn the fundamentals of renewable energy through this educational series. This month: Build a three-phase AC wind turbine.



Columns

TechKnowledgey
by Jeff Eckert
TechKnowledgey 2010
Topics covered include a humongous hybrid, the world's first USB 3.0 RAID drive, text-to-speech handheld, plus other stuff.

The Spin Zone
by Jon Williams
SIRCS, Propeller Style!
SIRCS is a pulse-width modulated protocol transmitted over an IR beam that is primarily used in the consumer electronics arena (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, etc.).

Q&A
by Russell Kincaid
Q & A
Neon lamps and LEDS, generator voltage regulator, PC board current capacity, plus more.

Smiley’s Workshop
by Joe Pardue
Smiley’s Workshop 18: Graphical User Interfaces
A deeper look into communications between the Arduino and a PC Part 1

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
SuperPIC to the 32-bit Rescue!
I also have the latest version of the MPLAB C32 Compiler for PIC32 microcontrollers which supports all of the new SuperPIC features. I don’t know about you, but having all of this development stuff in front of me says “Build something!”

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
Build a Near Space Infrared Telescope
Parallax has made available an inexpensive infrared thermometer that makes it possible to measure the temperature of an object just by looking at it. In this month’s article, I’d like to share how I used this thermometer to design a simple infrared near space telescope that measures the temperature of the sky during a near space mission.

Departments

Developing Perspectives
by Bryan Bergeron
Please visit our Developing Perspectives blog to read the full article and comment.

Truth in Specifications?
by Bryan Bergeron
A recent book project of mine revealed manufacturers were either intentionally or unintentionally misleading consumers with product specifications that were confusing, incomplete, or simply false.