20
May

The Arduino Zero is here and will ship globally on June 9th!

Massimo Banzi and Arduino unveil the Arduino Zero. Says first shipments begin June 9th.

 

Massimo Banzi says Arduino Zero to ship on June 9th

Bay Area Makerfaire 2015: The Arduino Zero has finally arrived after months of waiting! During his "State of Arduino" speech at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015, Arduino founder Massimo Banzi ammounced that the first batch of Arduino Zero boards would begin shipping on June 9th. This is the first major Arduino board launch since the company announced that it would be partnering with Adafruit to launch its new "Genuino" brand. For those of you unfamiliar with the Arduino Zero, it's a new development board designed to power Arduino into the future, specifically to provide a development platform for the IoT, wearables, and automation. It's Arm Cortex M0+ core is powerful and much faster than the Uno's 8-bit microcontroller. 

17
May

Arduino announces new US made "Genuino" brand amidst legal battle over "Arduino" brand

Arduino.cc and Adafruit rebrand Arduino into Genuino admist legal issues.Arduino.cc Announces New "Genuine" Brand​

Maker Faire Bay Area 2015: Arduino.cc has just announced a series of major changes to both the branding and manufacturing of its popular AVR-based development boards. In a partnership with Adafruit, Arduino.cc is launching a new global sister brand to the Arduino called "Genuino" (Translating to Genuine in Italian). The Genuino brand will encompass all of the official Arduino boards such as the Yun, Uno, Leonardo, etc, and will be manufactured at Adafruit's Manhattan facility in New York. This is a major move for Arduino.cc as the company has always taken pride in manufacturing its boards in Italy where Arduino was founded. 

16
May

Beagleboard.org and Seeed Studio unveil the new Beaglebone Green

First look at the new Beaglebone Green Embedded Linux Development Board.

The Beaglebone Green is official! 

Beaglebone.org and Seed Studio have just announced the new Beaglebone Green, the first major derivative of the wildly popular Beaglebone Black. The Beagle Bone Green is being produced by Seeed Studio, and is a highly modified design based on the Beaglebone Black. The board features two Grove System connectors, which make attaching Seeed's Grove modules quick and easy. Another major addition to the board is a battery backed up Real Time Clock (RTC), and the company has replaced the barrel jack power connector with a standard micro USB. Finally, the Seed has ditched the HDMI connector as it was rarely utilized in most projects.

4
May

How to install the Windows 10 IoT Preview onto a Raspberry Pi 2.

How to install Windows 10 IoT Core on to the Raspberry Pi 2

Installing Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi 2

Microsoft first announced that Windows 10 would be coming to the Raspberry Pi and other popular development hardware platforms earlier this year. This caused a huge stir in the Maker community, and especially around Raspberry Pi circles. Likewise the Window’s developer world was quite happy to hear this news as well. As for myself, being a Raspberry Pi user since its release, and a budding windows developer, I was quite excited to hear this as well. I even worked up a 3D printable Windows 10 case for the Raspberry Pi 2, and wrote a short article on it. 

28
Apr

DHT11 Based Temperature Monitoring with NeoPixels

DHT11-Based-Temperature-Monitoring-with-NeoPixels Using Arduino Uno and Ethernet ShieldUsing NeoPixels to Visually Indicate Temperature

A few days ago, I started working on a environment temperature monitoring project that I wanted to turn into a tutorial here at TMWB, and half way through, I decided to integrate NeoPixels as a sort of basic visual aid. Basically I wanted the NeoPixels to change color based on a hot / cold threshold. While this is simple in function, it will give users an easy way to determine if a room is warm or cool.

24
Apr

3D Printing Tips and Tricks #1 - Layer Height is Key to Good Prints

Calibrating 3D Print Layer Height For Optimal Print Quality

3D Printing Tips and Tricks #1

Layer Height is Key to Good Prints

Over the last few years my Lulzbot AO-100 has been good to me, and has served as my workhorse. Unfortunately, as with every machine, heavy use equates to wear and tear. At just over 3-years old my AO-100 is starting to show its age, and its tolerances are not as tight as they once were. This morning I took about an hour to work on re-calibrating the printer with the main focus on proper Z-axis layer-height. 

21
Apr

3D Printable Raspberry Pi 2 Case with Windows 10 Logo

 
Raspberry Pi 2 Case with Windows 10 Logo
 
When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be arriving on the Raspberry Pi 2 in 2015 I became extremely excited at the possibilities that this would bring the maker community. To celebrate I wanted to design a case for the Pi 2 that incorporated the Windows 10 logo. As always, a huge thanks goes out to our site sponsors including Voltivo and Cubicity for making post like this possible through their support of the 3D Printing section here at The Makers Workbench. Check out the rest of the article for a link to download the .stl files for this project.