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Home reflow sees the light | EDN There are lots of claim to be workable solutions out there to reflowing boards at home – mostly involving kitchen appliances like toaster ovens and various sorts of hot plates and skillets. An interesting approach by David Sanz Kirbis uses a halogen shop or flood light as heat source and enclosure.   More info: David’s project write-up Controller

Finnish diabetes vaccine trials to start in 2018 | Yle Uutiset | A vaccine for type 1 diabetes developed by Finnish researchers will be tested on mainly Finnish human subjects in late 2018. A virus may be behind a significant proportion of type 1 diabetes cases, which are especially common among children. Researchers are confident that an enterovirus that attacks the pancreas to destroy insulin-producing cells is

Try many programming languages

TIO is a family of online interpreters for an evergrowing list of practical and recreational programming languages. The site has over 100 supported languages. Practical languages include things like C, Java, Python, Perl and also old school stuff. You can try all of then without leaving your favourite web browser! Pick a programming language, and

Microsoft open sourced Visual Studio Code Extension for Arduino Microsoft, which has the biggest contributor community on GitHub, has launched the MIT-licensed code across the open source platform to enable developers to leverage Arduino hardware specifically for IoT projects and applications.  The design builds on the official Arduino IDE, meaning that the extension is almost entirely compatible and consistent with Arduino IDE. Microsoft

Arduino Sensor Kit 37 In 1

Arduno neeeds sensors.  Geekcreit® 37 In 1 Sensor Module Board Set Kit For Arduino Plastic Bag Package  promises to give many sensors cheaply. That kit says that t contains 37 sensors. Actually it has 37 items, but not all of them are sensors (there are buzzer, relay, LED etc.). It is cheapest kit on the

ESP8266 IoT Contest – Simplify the Connected World – myDevices, SparkFun, and Espressifhave partnered to give you the world’s first ESP8266 IoT contest.  Show us how you use the ESP8266 to simplify the connected world! There is no project too big or too small. Want to monitor the temperature in a room? Perfect. Thinking of creating an automated garden? Excellent. Want to use

Which license would you take with you? The copyright law defaults to author control of copying, modification, and distribution, so others need the author’s permission to copy, modify, or distribute. If you would like others to be free to copy your software and possibly build on it, then you should choose a license. Open source licenses give the permissions needed to

The four waves of augmented reality (that Apple owns) | TechCrunch Augmented/virtual reality is seen as the fourth wave of consumer technology. AR could become much bigger than VR.  AR itself is comsists of four waves: mobile AR software, mobile AR hardware, tethered smartglasses and standalone smartglasses. These four waves could drive AR from tens of millions of users and $1.2 billion last year, to more than a

Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton talks sales numbers, proudest moments, community projects, and Raspberry Pi 4 [Q&A] | BetaNews “I grew up in a world of UK-designed, often UK-manufactured computers like the BBC Micro, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, and it’s fantastic to take our place alongside them.” The super-affordable ARM GNU/Linux computer has brought programming back into schools (and beyond) and enjoyed staggering success. It is becoming the most successful British computer