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Event Alert: Make Stuff with MadLab at Fred Aldous this December

Gareth Halfacree

Event Alert: Make Stuff with MadLab at Fred Aldous this December

As we head into December and the run-up to Christmas, many people's minds turn to the topic of making - even if it's something as simple as working on a hand-made card or perfecting your wrapping skills. For those around Manchester next week, the lovely people at MadLab have an event to help you delve a little deeper into maker culture with everything from Arduino and soldering lessons to wearable technology and live demos. Unusually, the Make Stuff event isn't taking place in MadLab itself; instead, the team is taking over the basement of arts and crafts specialist Fred Aldous...

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Event Alert: Manchester Game Jam, MadLab, December 10th-11th

Gareth Halfacree

Event Alert: Manchester Game Jam, MadLab, December 10th-11th

Our friends at MadLab have announced the final Manchester Game Jam of the year, running from Saturday December 10th to Sunday December 11th and offering a two-day scramble to produce a game for presentation on the evening of the Sunday for individuals or teams willing to roll up their sleeves and get busy. A regular event, Manchester Game Jam is timed to coincide with a worldwide movement dubbed Ludum Dare in which programmers and other makers compete to build a functional game in just two days. Those participating in the official Ludum Dare competition are invited to MadLab to work...

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Professionally-Homebrew PCBs with Emiliano Valencia's TinyDice Project

Gareth Halfacree

Professionally-Homebrew PCBs with Emiliano Valencia's TinyDice Project

When people make their own printed circuit boards at home or in the workshop, they typically try to make things as simple as possible: that usually means single- or at most double-layer designs at a pretty hefty feature size, hand-soldering, and minimal complexity. Sometimes, though, you need to use smaller components, particularly when working with surface-mount parts - a bonus for the homebrew PCB maker, as surface-mount technology means you don't have to drill any holes through your board. To add to the excellent guides from Chris Holden we showcased back in June we now have Emiliano Valencia's latest Instructable: TinyDice....

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SparkFun's Guide to Reducing Arduino Power Draw

Gareth Halfacree

SparkFun's Guide to Reducing Arduino Power Draw

We've spoken about ways to reduce the power draw of Arduino-based projects in the past: last year we were fascinated by Nick Koumaris' temperature sensor running for an entire year from just three cheap rechargeable AA batteries, while Edward Mallon had some tips in October this year on minimising power drain in a data logger by removing unnecessary components. Other approaches have included zero standby current circuits and a switch to solar power, and now our friends at SparkFun have published a tutorial on reducing the power draw of any Arduino-based circuit. Designed to be accessible to beginners, although some of...

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Letmeknow Launches Jarduino 'Indoor Garden' Kickstarter

Gareth Halfacree

Letmeknow Launches Jarduino 'Indoor Garden' Kickstarter

Growing a plant indoors can be a surprisingly tricky proposition. Too much or too little light, and it will wither and die; forget to water it or pop away on holiday for a week or two and you'll likely have the same outcome. Design house Letmeknow believes it has a solution: an open-source Arduino-based all-in-one device it calls the Jarduino and describes as "the first smart and autonomous vegetable garden." While 'garden' may be pushing it a little - the Jarduino being roughly large enough to hold a single small plant - the project is nevertheless interesting. A custom Arduino-compatible...

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