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June 2016

Nuts and Volts Magazine


Features

Reliable IoT Data On Your Desk

Here's a unique panel meter which features the look and feel of analog with the functionality of ZigBee and SmartThings technology so you can measure all kinds of different stuff.


Name That Part!

Test your electronic components knowledge with this photo quiz.



Projects

ESP8266 NTP Clock

The ESP8266 family of devices makes inexpensive access to the Internet a non-issue, so it’s perfect to use to build a digital NTP clock.


Medical Grade Bedwetting Alarm and Sensor

A step-by-step build of an alarm and sensor to detect moisture levels in beds.



Columns

Near Space
by L. Paul Verhage
Supporting Near Space Missions with Quadcopters
Quadcopters can’t reach near space altitudes; the air is just too thin. However, quadcopters can still be instrumental in supporting near space exploration.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Let Your PIC Push the Buttons in this IoT Device
Use a PIC32MX575F512H to monitor and control the A40 network.

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
How Wireless Signals Propagate
Learn how different types of radio wave signals propagate. It may not be quite as simple as you think.

Practical 3D Printing
by Chuck Hellebuyck
Adding an LCD and SD Card to a 3D Printer
Want to break away from your computer's USB connection and run your 3D printer independently? Find out how.

Q&A
by Tim Brown
Reader Questions Answered Here (6.2016)
Microwave Oven or Death Ray and Modem Commands.

Departments

Wall Light Switches: Relics of the Tungsten Age?
by Bryan Bergeron
Given the increased popularity of multi-function light bulbs, it’s clear that the traditional light-only bulb and the associated 110V circuitry are on their way out.