Microcontroller

How To : A Hacker's Guide to Programming Microcontrollers

While hackers know and love the Raspberry Pi, many don't know of its cheaper cousin, the microcontroller. Unlike a Pi, which can be used more or less like a regular computer, microcontrollers like the Wi-Fi connected ESP8266 require some necessary programming skill to master. ...more

How To : Make music with a microcontroller

Learn how to use a piezoelectric element as a speaker, and how to generate musical notes with a microcontroller with this home electronics how-to. For more on programming microcontrollers to make sweet, sweet music, watch this helpful video guide.

How To : Program PIC microcontrollers in OS X

This video tutorial demonstrates how you–yes, you–can use the C programming language and the HI-TECH IDE to program PICs on a Mac (with a little help from Microchip PICKit1). For more details about programming your own PIC microcontroller under Mac OS X, simply press play! Par ...more

How To : Make an LED blink with an AVR microcontroller

Systm is the Do-It-Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. They will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. In this DIY episode, see how to make an LED bl ...more

How To : Make Your Own Bad USB

Hello, everyone! Many of you don't even know about my existence here on Null Byte, so I thought of contributing something rather interesting. Recently, someone asked how to make your own "Bad USB," and I promised to make a how-to on this topic. In addition, it would be nice t ...more

How To : Crack WPA & WPA2 Wi-Fi Passwords with Pyrit

Pyrit is one of the most powerful WPA/WPA2 cracking tools in a hacker's arsenal, with the ability to benchmark a computer's CPU speeds, analyze capture files for crackable handshakes, and even tap into GPU password-cracking power. To demonstrate how quickly it can hack a WPA/W ...more

How To : Embed lights into fabric and clothes with LilyPad

Get started with the LilyPad Arduino! It's a sewable microcontroller that lets you embed lights, sounds, sensors, and much more into your wearables, perfect for clothing and accessories. In this Make Magazine video tutorial, you'll see how to attach the LilyPad and power suppl ...more

News : Shh...Cyborg Spy Beetles Released by DARPA

UC Berkeley (funded by DARPA) has created cyborg beetles guided wirelessly via laptop. These spy beetles were created with the intent of bugging actual conversations, literally acting as the "fly on the wall". The beetles range anywhere from 2 to 20 centimeters. From Daily Ma ...more

HowTo : Build an Air-Powered Star Trek Sliding Door

Live in the future (à la Star Trek, circa 1966) with uiproductions' pneumatic air-powered sliding door: "I always wanted a piece of Star Trek and the Disney Monorail in my house, and one thing they have in common is that they both have automatic sliding doors. It would be the ...more

News : Thirsty Plants Text for Water

Can't remember when to water the plants? Wish they could just tell you when they need watering—just call you on the phone or something? Or maybe text you, "Help I'm desiccating!" Telecommunications researcher Kate Harman has come up with the device of an absent-minded plant ow ...more

HowTo : Read Your Own Mind

The days of trundling hoops, hopscotch and painted wooden rocking horses are long since past. The latest trend in toys? Biofeedback. Electroencephalography. A decade into the 21st century, the toy market is awash in products that incorporate functional neural sensors. One suc ...more

HowTo : Photograph a Speeding Bullet

In light of our recent post, Art Borne From the Barrel of a Gun, here's a thorough guide to building your own bullet capture system via robotics site Glacial Wanderer. Says Hack a Day: "A pair of IR sensors spaced two inches apart can capture and calculate the speed of a pro ...more

How To : Embed lights into a colorful brooch with LilyPad

Get started with the LilyPad Arduino! It's a sewable microcontroller that lets you embed lights, sounds, sensors, and much more into your wearables, perfect for clothing and accessories. In this Make Magazine intermediate, soft circuit, video tutorial, you'll see how to sew up ...more

News : DIY Gear Clock

Alan Parekh's latest creation is a clock made from wooden gears.  Parekh says on Hacked Gadgets: "The clock...consists of a bunch of wooden gears, a PIC microcontroller and a stepper motor. The heart of the clock is a PIC 16f628A microcontroller. This microcontroller has an ...more

HowTo : Hack Your Guitar Hero To Shoot Gigantic Flames

Chris Marion's Guitar Hero hack is nothing short of genius. The pyro-gamer-maniac interfaced his guitar with a microcontroller hooked up to five flame shooters (translation: every time he presses a button, a giant flame is propelled into the sky). Click through for full instru ...more

How To : Raise a flag when you get a new email

Systm is the Do It Yourself show designed for the common geek who wants to quickly and easily learn how to dive into the latest and hottest tech projects. We will help you avoid pitfalls and get your project up and running fast. Search Systm on WonderHowTo for more DIY episod ...more

News : DIY Private-Knock-Knock-Knock Cipher

The secret hideout - a thing of the past, a childhood luxury, an adult-less adventure. Those were the days. And remember the secret knock? The only way in. You either knew it or you didn't. The only way to keep the kids in and the grown-ups out. Well, Steve Hoefer has come up ...more

How To : What is An Arduino? (Part 1)

I'm back. School's an ass. On my quest for knowledge, which started approximately 3 years ago, I can upon an interesting little artifact. It is called the Arduino. What Is the Arduino? The Arduino is an open-sourced prototype board. You use it to make projects, and is great ...more

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