Revenge of CISPA

S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #4 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/TTMP_0004_16FEB13.mp3 Highlights from this week’s science, engineering, and technology news: Revenge of CISPA and now TAFTA (more info) Apple Invents ‘Microslot Antennas’ Ferrofluids and the Multiverse Touchscreen T-Shirts Bolides over Russia  (more info) For more tech news and how-to’s visit the blog or follow along on Twitter @mbparks.  Or listen on iTunes. Music by Halloween, available…

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Separating a Scientist from a Pseudo-Scientist

A lot of people like to make claim that they are applying “scientific principle” when trying to prove their point of view.  Intelligent Design truthers are notorious.  Here, in a nutshell, is how you determine if someone is really trying to understand through scientific pursuit or if they are just another snake oil salesman. Both…

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IP Packets of Death

S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #3 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/TTMP_0003_10FEB13.mp3 Highlights from this week’s science, engineering, and technology news: –3D Printed Prosthetics on the Cheap –Redbox Instant Video Streaming –Camera module for Raspberry Pi –Killing an Ethernet Controller with a Packet of Death For more tech news and how-to’s visit the blog or follow along on Twitter @mbparks.  Or listen on iTunes. Music by Halloween,…

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Arduino + Bluetooth + Android

Here is a quick tutorial on getting two-way Bluetooth communication up and running on Arduino and and Android smartphone using the SeeedStudio Bluetooth shield. I am also using an Android app called Bluetooth SPP to handle the serial communication from an Android phone to the Arduino.  Rudimentary, but for testing purposes is a great tool….

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S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast: Episode 1 – The Pilot

The Pilot:  S.T.E.A.M. Podcast #1.Highlights from this week’s science, engineering, and technology news:  White House OSTP announces National Day of Civic Hacking  Intel to stop manufacturing desktop motherboards  Software Defined Radio Challenge  Nintendo Miiverse smartphone app: A harbringer of things to come?  For more tech news follow along on Twitter @mbparks.  Or listen on iTunes.Music by Halloween,…

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Arduino Esplora Video Game

Arduino Esplora I have been tinkering with the Arduino Esplora.  The Esplora is quite a bit different, in terms of physical layout than your normal Arduino microcontroller.  It resembles a rather standard video game controller in it’s layout.  Also, there are a number of onboard sensors already onboard the circuit board and are multiplexed to…

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The Engineering Code of Ethics

PreambleEngineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated…

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Using a Bus Pirate as Logic Analyzer

Dangerous Prototypes Bus Pirate Using an forked version of the Open Logic Sniffer (available here) you can setup a Bus Pirate to act a digital logic analyzer.  Not a substitute for a dedicated logic analyzer, but can do the trick if necessary.  Amazingly enough the client runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris. There…

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Raspberry Pi and the Adafruit I2C Library

In the last post we looked at testing new I2C devices using the Bus Pirate when prototyping a new design.  In this post we look at making a more permanent implementation by interfacing the MCP4725 Digital-to-Analog Converter to the Raspberry Pi.  Just as last time, we will be driving an LED.  Some notes about our…

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