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February 2010

Nuts and Volts Magazine

TouchTone Phone Controller - Activate Multiple AC devices by phone via wireless transmitters



A Quick Tour of the 16-Bit Micro Experimenter Module

There's a lot of cool stuff to be done with the Experimenter board we introduced to you a couple months ago. So, let's take a look at several of the important subsystems and apply some working applications.


Versatile Digital Alarm Clock

Who says you can't control time? This project gives you lots of features and styles to choose from so you can customize your timepiece to your heart's content.

TouchTone Phone Controller

This circuit offers the ability to control multiple AC devices using a TouchTone phone and off-the-shelf wireless transmitters.

Experiments with Alternative Energy

Learn the fundamentals of renewable energy through this educational series. This month: Experimenting with the Whirlybird Wind Turbine.


by Jeff Eckert
TechKnowledgey 2010
Topics covered include the destruction of the universde, Mac upgrades, a three-axis gyroscope in a single package, plus some other stuff you'll find interesting.

Open Communication
by Louis E. Frenzel
What’s New in Home Networking?
Home networking with wireless and wired technologies.

by Russell Kincaid
Q & A
A Count down timer, large clock, plus more.

Smiley’s Workshop
by Joe Pardue
Smiley’s Workshop 19: A Simple Terminal
Selecting a serial port and getting user input. Part 2

by Ron Hackett
Using the MAX7219 LED Display Driver
Using the MAX7219 LED display driver for any PICAXE project.

The Design Cycle
by Fred Eady
Go Nuts with the Kadtronix USB HID API Library
The Kadtronix USB HID API Library was initially designed to support Visual Basic 6 and Visual C++ 6.


Tech Forum
Visit our monthly Tech Forum with Questions and Answers from readers of Nuts & Volts Magazine

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

Good Things Come With Small Packages
by Bryan Bergeron
A good friend drops by your place and, knowing that you’re an electronics enthusiast, asks for help with a new handheld gadget that suddenly stopped working.