Welcome back to the Blogger Brothers Computer Lessons series! In our last lesson, we discussed the different types of software that run on a computer, including the operating system and various apps. Today, we’re going to delve into the world of computer hardware and talk about a fundamental component of every CPU: the AND gate.… Continue reading … this is amazing. Here’s a follow up article written by Chat GPT on AND gates… its a good primer.
Most people don’t understand the low-level fundamentals of computers. Computers are made from transistors… a ton of them. When you start in on your computers science degree, the first thing you learn is programming languages, algorithms, computer architecture and the beginnings of networking. These are all VERY high level abstractions of what is happening inside… Continue reading Computers… from the ground up. A mini series… (part 1)
There is a new and fantastic cluster of ESP32 boards that have hit the market. This is just one of them. They are WifiCameras that just work. I’ve been tinkering with cameras for a long time – using them for dog detection, facial recognition, even Nerf Battle Turrets. Before now many of those projects were… Continue reading ESP32 Cameras! Incredible power for teaching.
What is it!? It’s a small smoke generator controlled by Alexa – that allows you to evoke the chalice of fire one might imagine being part of Harry Potter’s world. The smoke is illuminated by high-ish powered lasers, and the whole thing is controlled with an ESP8266 and an Alexa Skill. How does it work?… Continue reading Wizard’s Fire!!!
If you haven’t yet figured it out. I’m a big fan of techtutorialsx – the stuff he likes is very clearly many of my own interests, and I often find myself on his site when I need to figure things out. This is yet another example: I ran across his site when needing to explain to… Continue reading ESP32 Arduino: HTTPS GET Request
Super cool article on getting web-sockets functioning on an ESP32: https://wp.me/p6Er9u-6nx Web-sockets allow for 2-way communication without the need for reloading a webpage. Now, with this trick you can communicate with your esp32, sending commands and more without fully loading a file.
The Sleepy Fairy… a low power circuit using a Mosfet Trick. Before we begin… the Story. The story is important, it holds ALL the magic… the circuit just seals the deal. While holding the canister up: Now this… Look closely. Many years ago, I was walking through the woods. It was a warm and pleasant… Continue reading The Sleepy Fairy – A simple project to create Fairy Magic.
Sometimes I forget to mention the sites I use to find all the treasures I hoard. There are a couple that I check almost religiously, because you never know what they might pop out next. Others are just fantastic businesses because, in addition to providing novel products, are also a great help to the home… Continue reading Circuits like Legos, my part sources. Or… Where to get all this fun stuff.
Source: http://makezine.com/projects/raspberry-pi-potter-wand/ Make has a write-up on wand-control with a simple reflective wand… …it *was* broken. Fixed it. Back in January 2017 when I first read the article I was so excited to try it, I ordered a bunch of parts, downloaded the Git, and then figured out it didn’t work. Not to worry though. A fellow… Continue reading [FIXED!!!] Turn on a lamp with a gesture – Image Processing! Machine learning!
The Sense Hat What’s a hat? Hats are the term that the Raspberry PI community uses to identify bits of hardware that are made to plug into the Raspberry Pi’s GPIOs (General Purpose IO) – that row of pins along one side of your pi. There are lots of these out there to make interacting with… Continue reading Lessons on PI – Lesson 4: The Sense Hat (and a little VIM)