Is The Arduino Starter Kit Worth It? (Or Can We SAVE Some Money?)

In this article we will investigate the cost of the Arduino Starter Kit and whether or not it is worth the cost. We will also investigate whether or not it is possible to get the [better] components cheaper! The Arduino Starter Kit is basically an Arduino board supplied with a project book, components to build…

Is Arduino A Microcontroller or Microprocessor? The Answer Might Surprise You!

Ahh that age old college question… is Arduino a Microcontroller or Microprocessor. Many students have drunkenly fought to the death arguing over such terminology. At a glance one might assume that a microcontroller and microprocessor are the same thing, they sound very similar after all. However despite only being subtly different terms, they are actually…

Are Arduino Projects Good For The Resume? YES! Here’s How…

Have you been pondering whether to include your Arduino, Raspberry Pi or other maker electronics project on your resume or curriculum vitae? The last few times that I was actively seeking a new job opportunity, my maker electronics projects were my secret weapon! Whether it be Arduino, Raspberry Pi, FPGA, Microchip PIC or any other…

What Is The Best Soldering Iron For Arduino Projects?

Looking for a soldering iron for your super-cool project? Here is what someone with a decade and a half of Arduino experience has to say about choosing a soldering iron. I started using Arduino only a couple of years after the project began, before it was anything like the success it is today. I actually…

How To Use The Wemos D1 Mini OLED 64×48 Shield

Let’s talk about one of the coolest shields for the D1 Mini, which won’t cost you a fortune either… the OLED 64×48 Shield! In the previous article we talked about the Wemos D1 Mini Matrix LED shield and how it was a great shield to work with because of the striking results that it can…

Dummies Guide To The Wemos D1 Mini LED Matrix Shield

When learning Arduino or any other maker type platform it can really help to work to an example that produces striking results. Personally I find LED matrix projects incredibly rewarding to build as the visual output can be very satisfying! It is possible to produce some really cool projects with relatively simplistic code and hardware…

ESP8266 Can’t Connect To WiFi? It’s Probably One Of These…

If your ESP8266 based board is not connecting to WiFi, there are some specific things you can troubleshoot in order to get it to work. In this article we cover everything you need to fix the problem of ESP8266 not connecting to WiFi. This article is suitable for anyone having trouble with their ESP8266 based…

Wemos D1 Mini Analog Input: Reading the ESP8266 A0 Pin

Did you even see that tiny little A0 pin hiding on your Wemos D1 Mini? Yes that is correct, your D1 Mini and all ESP8266 devices have a single analog input! When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense to include a single ADC channel. Why? To read the battery voltage of…

Top 5 Arduino Projects Your Girlfriend Probably Wouldn’t Understand

Sometimes men need to be men and do cool shit, like you know… the kind of shit your girlfriend or mother just does not understand… Sometimes it is essential for us men to be men. Sometimes men need to build a giant barrel smoker oven or organise a drunken Nerf war. In some ways we…