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It's a great time to be developing your own circuit boards and electronics projects! There are so many excellent free tools out there, such as Upverter and CircuitMaker that let you design circuit boards and send them out to be manufactured. While this EDA (Electronic Design Automation) software is improving …

Balancing Scooter Part 2 - Frame

One of the easiest ways to build up a mechanical frame is to use Aluminum Extrusions, which look something like this: This type of aluminum tubing is also known as T-Slotted Extrusion, for the name of the channels on the sides where you are able to attach the nuts and …

Balancing Scooter Part 1 - Motors

In this series of posts, I will present my adventure of building a self balancing scooter, similar to a Segway. This has become significantly easier in recent times because of the easy availability of the crucial components: Electric motors powerful and fast enough to carry a human Batteries with low …

MK2 Torpedo Gyro

Introduction Before the days of MEMS gyroscopes and advanced electronics, engineers still had a need for stabilization in the systems they were controlling. One example of this was stabilizing torpedoes as they were fired towards enemy ships. I was able to find this excellent specimen on eBay: Gearbox From all …

Why do Google ads point to adware?

Try downloading Paint.NET, an excellent free image editor, or Audacity, an open source audio editor, without an adblocker these days, and you’re in for quite a surprise. A disturbing trend in the type of ads served via Google Ad Sense and its affiliates will likely bring you to …

Background Loading in XNA

Introduction If you are developing an XNA game for Windows Phone 7, you probably want an effective way to load your game’s content in the background while still presenting a screen to the user. This screen itself should use minimal resources, as you don’t want to slow down …