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March 2010

Nuts and Volts Magazine

AVRSimon: An 8-Bit AVRMicro DIY Game

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Features

The Projects of Prototype This!

Take a closer look at the electronics aspects of the different builds from the popular Discovery Channel show Prototype This! The first project is avrsimon - a modernized version of the popular memory game.


Experiments with Alternative Energy

Learn the fundamentals of renewable energy through this educational series. This month: Introducing the WindPitch Wind Turbine.



Projects

Make the SmartStat-Plus

by Tom Fox

This MCU-controller digital thermostat will mlnitor your furnace and AC filter, and let you know if there's a problem.


Build Your Own Electronics Test Fixtures

Setting up test fixtures your for components will help you sort through your junk box quickly and speed your projects along.



Columns

TechKnowledgey
by Jeff Eckert
TechKnowledgey 2010
Topics covered include glitter power, an entry-level server, Psystar throws in the towel, plus some other stuff you'll find interesting.

The Spin Zone
by Jon Williams
Basic Propeller Programming
If y ou've been waiting for BASIC to play with the Propeller, your wait is over!

Q&A
by Russell Kincaid
Q & A
A doorbell light, soldering iron timer, revisiting the countdown timer and large clock, plus more.

Smiley’s Workshop
by Joe Pardue
Smiley’s Workshop 20: Arduino Voltmeter
Build an Arduino voltmeter and meet the FT232R Part 3

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
The Design Cycle
Making a mesh of things.

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
Sun Sensor for Data Collection
The sun sensor presented here is just the ticket for data collection that's sun sensitive. So this month's article discusses a design I developed for near space use.

Departments

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