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July 2010

Nuts and Volts Magazine

Wireless Tail Lights You Can Build For Your Trailer

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Features

Making the DEFCON 17 Badge

Joe’s annual commentary of what it took to pull off another innovative design for the badge of a very unique event.



Projects

Build the Self-Locking Box

Design your own RFID-controlled box that only you can open.


Wireless Trailer Taillights

Build a set of wireless taillights that you can use on any trailer.


Experiments with Alternative Energy

Learn the fundamentals of renewable energy through this educational series. This month: Build the Telematics Car.



Columns

TechKnowledgey
by Jeff Eckert
TechKnowledgey 2010
Solar airplane takes flight, what’s old is new again (think Commodore 64), compact AC/DC power supplies, plus other stuff you’ll find interesting.

The Spin Zone
by Jon Williams
Propeller Time
The Propeller’s architecture gives us the ability to be fairly precise about timing without much effort, and I thought it was time we delve into that a bit. Timing, that is.

Q&A
by Russell Kincaid
Q & A
Power supply, mystery component, convert DC meter to AC, plus more.

Smiley’s Workshop
by Joe Pardue
Smiley’s Workshop 24: AVR Memory - Part 2 — EEPROM
AVR Memory — Part 2: EEPROM Part 24

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Bringing a USB-to-UART Protocol Converter to Life
Did you know that Microchip offers a USB 2.0 to UART protocol converter? It’s called the MCP2200.

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
They Came From Outer Space!
Atoms from another star and possibly from another galaxy are detectable right here on earth.What are these mysterious rays and how are they detected in near space?

Departments

What a Diode Does

Just getting started in electronics? Try these simple demos to illustrate electronics principles and how components function in actual circuits!

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