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Sharp Atomic Alarm Clock Backlight Hack

This Sharp atomic alarm clock features a nice backlight that shuts off after 5 seconds. My mother-in-law, however, would prefer the light stay on so she can see it in the middle of the night. In this video, we’ll open up the Sharp atomic alarm clock, override the backlight switch, and install a DC converter so that she doesn’t have to worry about batteries running out in the middle of the night!

How To Use LSM9DS1 With Arduino

The LSM9DS1 is a 9-degree-of-freedom accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer module that can add motion-sensing capabilities to any Arduino project. In this video, I will show you how to use the LSM9DS1 with Arduino IDE including how to set up the LSM9DS1 libraries in Arduino.

How To Use A Tiny OLED Screen with RetroPie

There’s not much documentation on how to use a tiny OLED screen with RetroPie, so in this video, I’ll walk through the process of setting up one of Adafruit’s teeny-tiny OLED screen modules with a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Watch the complete Project Kongmas build video at element14.com

Raspberry Pi GPIO Pinout: element14.com/raspberrypi

How To Set Up a Raspberry Pi as a NOAA Satellite Receiver with RTL-SDR

For Project TIROS, I’m building a briefcase-style NOAA satellite receiver using upcycled parts centered around a Raspberry Pi. In this video, I will walk you through the process of installing the necessary software components to use the RTL-SDR module on a Raspberry Pi for NOAA satellite reception.

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How To Upgrade A 3DS SD Card On A Mac

I recently purchased Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and it’s too big to fit on my 3DS XL’s SD card. In this video, I’ll show you how to upgrade your 3DS SD memory card and save all your data using a Mac. You can also use this method to backup your existing SD card data in case your handheld is ever lost or stolen.

element14 Presents: Project Caroline — Raspberry Pi Pirate Radio Station

Matthew relives some of his youthful hacking by dabbling in a little “pirate radio” broadcasting. In this video, he builds a handheld FM transmitter from some salvaged parts and a Raspberry Pi. The Pi uses a piece of software to convert wav files to frequency-modulated signals emitted from GPIO pin 7. To improve transmission quality and prevent undesired signals, Matthew also designs and builds a band pass filter and seals everything in a shielded case.

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Moto X Pure Battery Replacement (Style) / How To Replace Moto X Pure Battery (Style)

Walkthrough Moto X Pure Battery Replacement or how to change battery Moto X Style. The Moto X Pure (Style) Edition has been a solid workhorse of a phone for several years, and with a new battery, it will likely keep going for at least one or two more! In this video, I’ll show you how to replace the battery in a Moto X Pure (Style) Edition smartphone. I appreciate you stopping by, leaving a comment and subscribing for more adventitious geekery! Thanks!

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How To Repair A Broken Lamp Cord

The Barbie broke one of our softbox studio lights when she tripped over it during a live stream. It seemed like a simple-enough repair, and with a little old-fashioned grit (and the proper tools), I was able to get it working like new again!

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How To Build A Battery Tester

Do you have some rechargeable batteries lying around that need a capacity check? Today, we’ll take an Arduino Nano and a few other electronic parts to build a AA battery tester that will give us fairly accurate “real world” readings on NiMH batteries. This little device will come in handy for the next project on the list, so be sure to subscribe for more how-tos!

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How To Install The Correct Arduino Nano Driver

The Arduino Nano is a fantastic little device that can do a wide variety of things. It is also, like it’s bigger sisters, a target for cheap clones which perform similar range of functions with cheaper parts. While I’m not opposed to this, per se, especially in the education and prototyping spheres, the lack of documentation on these devices can make the initial experience somewhat frustrating. When I first began working with Arduino, I couldn’t–for the life of me–find out how to install the correct Arduino Nano driver for my Mac. The genuine Arduino uses the FTDI USB-to-serial chip which is fairly easy to source and comes with sufficient documentation, but the microcontrollers I bought off eBay use a different chipset to handle the data conversion.

How To Install The Correct Arduino Nano Driver
Location of USB-Serial conversion chip

To install the correct Arduino Nano driver, one must first locate the USB-serial conversion chip. This will be located on the bottom of the device, close to the USB port itself.

The chip will have its designation printed on it. A little white-belt Google Fu will get you to the correct drivers. In this case, it was not the FTDI chip, but the CH340 handling the conversion. This generally works for Windows and even Linux machines, but to compound the issue of using a CH34x chip with a Mac is that there really isn’t an “official” driver for the OS. On Mac, you’re really going to need MPParsley’s driver from GitHub as the drivers from the manufacturer will actually cause a kernel panic on MacOS (you know, Sierra/10.12+). It’s a fairly simple matter of downloading the package file, installing the package, then rebooting.

If, for some reason, you managed to install the wrong drivers on your Mac, the GitHub article also has instructions on how to remove the broken driver. It’s a pretty simple matter of using Terminal to remove the offending entries in the Library folders, much like one would do on a Linux machine.