Category: Informational

Switching 12V from a 5V Arduino

Switch 12V

I built a circuit to allow switching 12V from a 5V Arduino. Here is the wiring diagram and a picture of the actual circuit:         Get the Fritzing source HERE.  The side with two connections attaches to the 12V device being switched ON/OFF. The side with three  connectors,  connects to the 12V …

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Decoding an ESP8266 Firmware Image

ESP8266 Flash Tool on Windows

I recently coded a Python script for Decoding an ESP8266 Firmware Image. It’s the first part of my quest to create a Linux tool for creating a single flash image. More specifically, the script will decode a single binary image or a ‘combined’ image. A combined image (single flash image) can be created with the …

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12V to 5V Sensor Circuit

12V to 5V Sensor Circuit with DHT11

A number of sensors are powered via 12 Volts. Some, however, need 5 Volts.  To power a remote DHT11 temperature sensor, I created a 12V to 5V sensor circuit. This is the wiring diagram: Get the Fritzing code for it HERE.       The DHT11 needs 5 volts,  ground and data. It plugs into …

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4 Character 7 Segment Display

4 Character 7 Segment Display

I built another handy circuit to ‘house’ a 4 character 7 segment display. It looks like this: Basically it just ‘breaks out’ the 16 pins of the display with two 8 pin female headers. Pins 1-8 are connected to the header at the bottom and pins 9-16 are connected to the header at the top. …

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ESP8266 DIY Programmer Cradle

ESP8266 In Cradle

If you have been reading my posts lately, you will notice that I have been working a lot with the ESP8266 wireless module. To make it easier to work with, I made an ESP8266 DIY Programmer Cradle. Here is what it looks like (without and with the ESP8266 plugged in):           …

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MicroPython WebREPL on Android

MicroPython WebREPL on Android

I created an app (apk) to run MicroPython WebREPL on Android. Imagine you have your ESP8266 (with the MicroPython firmware) in some location where the only access to it is via a wireless connection. If you need to access and change/control it, you will need WebREPL. Of course, a wireless enabled laptop would get access …

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ESP8266 MicroPython Firmware

ESP8266 WiFi Transceiver Module

To enhance the capabilities of the ESP8266 there are various firmware packages available. In my last post, I showed how to install NodeMcu which uses eLua. I am a big fan of the Python programming language, so I was very happy to see a Python version for the ESP8266. The ESP8266 MicroPython Firmware is available …

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ESP8266 Custom Firmware

ESP8266 WiFi Transceiver Module

If you would like to go beyond the basic features in the ‘default’ ESP8266  firmware, it is possible (and relatively easy) to create your own ESP8266 custom firmware. With ESP8266 custom firmware, your possibilities for interaction with connected devices are almost endless. The reason why is that you can now connect pins on the ESP8266 …

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Best Kept Secret

Yes, it is an ambiguous topic. No, I don’t think it should be hidden, however, the fact that this topic does not seem to garner much press could mean it has been a best kept secret. The “best kept secret” is the programming language Forth. For reference, take a look at “A  Beginner’s Guide to …

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How to convert an STM32F103C8T6 into a Black Magic Probe

STM32F103C8T6 with ST-LINK V2

There are several tutorials on the internet showing how to convert an STM32F103C8T6 into a Black Magic Probe. Unfortunately, none of them worked for me. So, I decided to write this post in case others run into the same problem as I did. The problem I ran into was the memory size of the STM32F103C8T6 …

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