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The Makers Workbench 1000 Instagram Follower Giveaway!


1000k Instagram Follower Giveaway!


 That's right! We just hit out goal of 1000 followers on Instagram, and to celebrate we have partnered with some amazing companies to give away a pretty awesome prize pack! Thank you again for helping us reach our first major milestone on Instagram! No Purchase Necessary To Enter.  Simply visit our Instagram Page and follow the instructions on the GiveAway post.  [node:read-more:link]

Raspberry Pi 3B+ Released. Specs Inside

Raspberry Pi 3B+ Released!

This morning the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the release of the new and improved Raspberry Pi 3B+, and upgraded version of the ubiquitous Raspbery Pi 3 Model B. This update comes just a few weeks after the Raspberry Pi's sixth birthday, and just eight months after the Foundation celebrated it's 14,000,000 unit sold (over 19,000,000 sold as of this publication). The updated design  packs in new features such as a reconfigured ARM Cortex A53 CPU that now runs at a respectable 1.4GHZ thanks to better cooling provided by an integrated heat spreader (IHS). [node:read-more:link]

Raspberry Pi Steams Ahead With 14 Million Units Sold Despite Competition

Raspberry Pi Surpasses 14-Million Units Manufactured

Earlier this week, Sony’s UK Technology Centre announced that it has manufactured more than 10 million Raspberry Pi SBC’s over the last five years, bumping the total number of Raspberry Pi’s out in the wild to 14-million units. This is a huge milestone for both the Raspberry Pi foundation (http://www.raspberrypi.org)  as well as Sony UK who was initially contracted by Element14  to manufacture 10,000 units per year back in 2012. Raspberry Pi has been such a success for Sony, that it has since ramped up its manufacturing capabilities to be able to produce more than 15,000 units per day, with a maximum peak capacity of 100,000 units per week. [node:read-more:link]

End Of Life Notice Issued For Intel Edison, Galileo, And Joule Development Boards

Intel Issues EOL for three IoT Development Boards

Early on the morning of June 19, 2017 news began to circulate that Intel has began the End Of Life (EOL) process for its line of maker-friendly development boards. The development boards in question are the Intel Edison, Joule, and Galileo. Dozens of articles were written about the impact these modules would have on the maker scene, but like many other “game changing” development products, the lack of libraries, community, and project tutorials prevented these modules from becoming mainstream hardware that was coveted by makers worldwide. [node:read-more:link]

How To: DIY Home Automation with NodeMCU And Amazon Alexa

DIY Home Automation With NodeMCU and Amazon Alexa

If you read my last tutorial on DIY Home Automation with the LinkNode R4 and Amazon Alexa you already know the jist of this tutorial, but instead of using a purpose built board this time, I am going to walk you through the steps to accomplish the same thing using a NodeMCU and a 4-channel relay board. As with every home automation tutorial here at The Makers Workbench, the purpose of both of these tutorials is not to show you how to fully integrate the system into your home's infrastructure, but to give you a starting point of how to control Mains AC powered devices using low-voltage DC devices.  [node:read-more:link]

Arduino Officially Releases Arduino IDE 1.8.0


Arduino Version 1.8.0 Is Here!

Arduino has officially released their long awaited "Unifying" IDE that brings both the .cc and .org variants of the company together into perfect harmony.  Version 1.8.0 of the Arduino IDE works out of the box with AVR boards, like the Uno, Mega, Yun, and Micro, among the most popular. Additionally, it supports the Arduino Leonardo Ethernet, Arduino Yun Mini,Arduino Industrial 101, and Uno WiFi... [node:read-more:link]

How To Use Amazon Alexa To Control The LinkNode R4 ESP8266 4-Channel Relay Board

Control an ESP8266 With Amazon Alexa!

Over the last year or so I have became captivated with anything and everything ESP8266 related, and rightfully so. This little WiFi module is everything I have been hoping for in a development board for years. It’s small and compact, and has built in WiFi, as well as several GPIO lines, and is Arduino IDE compatible making reading sensors and controlling things like relays and such very easy. In this review / overview I am going to take a look at the Linknode R4,  a new offering from LinkSprite, a fairly young company that is dedicated to offering the public affordable DIY home automation solutions.  [node:read-more:link]

The Raspberry Pi Foundation issues security update for Raspbian

SSH Now Disabled By Default

I love the Internet of Things, so much so that I have built a career around writing about the so-called IoT for various websites, and for that I am thankful. Unfortunately, the IoT is not all fun and games as a lot of us would like to believe. As with everything that is connected to the internet, there are countless individuals in the world who dedicate their lives to finding a way to exploit the security flaws. Granted, not all of these individuals are nefarious in nature, and are just looking to find flaws so that they can be fixed, but their are a great number of individuals who are looking to utilize those internet connected things for malicious things... [node:read-more:link]

Raspberry Pi Basics: Installing The Latest Version of Raspbian onto a SD Card

Installing Raspbian To An SD Card

Welcome back to another installment of The Workbench . In this episode I walk you through the process of installing the latest version of Raspbian onto an SD card for use with a Raspberry Pi. This is the first episode in a series of videos in which I cover the basics of getting a Raspberry Pi up and running from scratch. The series will serve as a foundation to future Raspberry Pi project videos that I'll be creating soon.  [node:read-more:link]

Building A New Workbench / Assembly Table For The Workshop!

 It's Huge!

 Welcome back to another installment of The Workbench . In this episode I talk about the workbench / assembly table I built for the workshop a few months ago. I shot this video over the course of two weeks, and had about 25-hours of footage, and the end result was just too long. So I speed things up, and loosely emulated Jimmy Diresta's "Diresta's Cut" style of videos to keep the length down.  [node:read-more:link]