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Which controller should I use Wemos D1 Mini or NodeMCU

Which controller should I use…Wemos D1 Mini or NodeMCU?

When you’re first learning Arduino, most people recommend using the Arduino Uno. And, I too, agree that the Arduino Uno is a great controller to use when you’re starting. Once you have a better grasp of how to set up your circuit and begin to dabble into your projects, you may want to expand your knowledge […]

Connect Arduino to IFTTT for IoT Projects

Connect Arduino to IFTTT for IoT Projects

I’ve had a bit of an Internet of Things (IoT) bug the last couple of weeks. For those of you who are new to the blog, welcome! I’m glad you’re following along with my tutorials. Hopefully, you’re making some cool things! Before we dive right into prototyping and code, and whatnot, I wanted to provide […]

configure Node-RED and Wemos D1 Mini using MQTT

Configure Node-RED & Wemos D1 Mini

I had this neat idea to control a mobile robot using Node-RED. Before creating the Node-RED dashboard for a robot, I wanted to create something simple as a proof of concept. And, in this article, I’m going to share with you how to configure Node-RED with the Wemos D1 Mini using MQTT. I recommend you […]

What Arduino Kit should I buy

What Arduino Kit Should I buy? Best Arduino Kits 2018

Arduino projects are becoming more common these days. If you want to make your own devices, dabble in the world of electronics, or improve your coding skills, Arduino is a good place to start. We’ve scoured the internet to find you our top picks for Arduino Kits. Best Arduino Starter Kits Looking for your first […]

how to create a STEM class

How to Create a STEM Class (3 ways)

School will be back in session within the next few weeks. Is your classroom ready for STEM? Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is crazy popular these days. Many schools are gearing up for STEM certifications and want to find unique ways to “STEM-ify” the classroom. In this article, we’ll teach you how to create a STEM […]

Top 10 Anet A8 Upgrades

Top 10 Anet A8 Upgrades on Thingiverse

Thingiverse has thousands of options when it comes to upgrading the Anet A8. Read this article to found out the Top 10 upgrades for your Anet A8.

dweet.io with Wemos D1 Mini

How to use Dweet.io with Wemos D1 Mini (Arduino Tutorial)

Last week, we looked at fetching data from dweet.io using Python. Then we found a way to retrieve data and store it in a local database. In this tutorial, we’re going to create our own electronic device and publish data to dweet.io. Hardware for this project You will need a WiFi-compatible controller to complete this […]

Creating a database for IoT devices using dweet.io

Create a database for IoT using dweet.io (Tutorial)

In the last tutorial, we fetched data from connected devices published on dweet.io. Now, we’re going to create a Python script to grab device data for a database. If you haven’t read the previous tutorial, I recommend completing that before attempting this one. This tutorial is most suitable for those who are familiar with SQL databases and […]

fetch data using python and dweet.io

How to fetch data from dweet.io using Python (Tutorial)

For this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through the process of fetching data from dweet.io using Python. Fetch Data from dweet.io using Python dweet.io is a website that is similar to twitter but for connected devices. You can access sensor readings through a dweet.io URL in a JSON format. We will use this website […]

MakeXchange inventing with electronics kit review

MakeXchange Inventing with Electronics Kit Review

A few weeks ago, I was asked to review a new electronics kit by the startup, MakeXchange, out of Chicago, IL. In this article, I’m going to speak to the benefits and drawbacks of this kit, as well as who it’s for, and where you can get yours. Let’s dive into this MakeXchange Inventing with […]

Random LEDs with Arduino Uno

Blinking LED’s is a staple example of beginner Arduino programming. In this tutorial, we’re going to step it up a notch and use both arrays and the random() method to determine which LED to turn on and off for a duration. Materials for Random LED project Arduino Uno (or similar controller) Breadboard 4X LED’s in […]

Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy a Meet Edison Robot

Have you heard of the Meet Edison Robot? Most recognizable by his orange shell and LEGO™ compatibility, Edison is an educational robot targeted for elementary and middle school classrooms. Meet Edison can be programmed using Edware, which is similar to flow-chart style programming, or a modified version of Python called EdPy. Are you on a […]

Intermediate Arduino Robot Projects

Over the past five weeks, you’ve been following along with the Beginner Bots series where we walked through the process of building, wiring, and programming our robots to move, follow lines, and avoid objects. If you’ve enjoyed these tutorials, my fee to keep them free is simple: click the 5-STAR REVIEW button at the bottom […]

mobile robots ultrasonic sensor

How to Build a Mobile Robot Using Arduino | Part 5

I see you! Well, at least the robots will after this lesson! Last lesson we learned about infrared IR sensors, IF statements, and line following/avoiding. This week, we are learning about Ultrasonic Sensors, FOR loops, and object avoidance. Robot using Arduino and Ultrasonic Sensors – Objectives & Materials Each week I will provide you with […]

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