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Ian Buckley

Ian Buckley is a writer, musician, and perpetual tinkerer. Commonly found surrounded by hobby electrical components, he's also a keen programmer and likes to build crazy-sounding instruments with microcontrollers.

Maker Board Spotlight: SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green

Maker Board Spotlight: SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green

Learn all about the BeagleBoard BeagleBone Green and BeagleBone Green Wireless, from what they can do to specs and if this is the right single-board computer to fit your needs!
Adafruit Huzzah Feather ESP8266 Specs and More

Adafruit Huzzah Feather ESP8266 Specs and More

The Adafruit Huzzah Feather with ESP8266 is a great Arduino-compatible microcontroller. It can be used with the Arduino IDE, MicroPython, and NodeMCU Lua. It's great for smart home automation, home security, and a variety of other purposes. Learn all about the Adafruit Huzzah Feather ESp8266, from its specs to what it can do and a breakdown of ESP32 vs ESP8266.
UDOO Bolt Specs and More

UDOO Bolt Specs and More

The UDOO Bols maker board is an x86 single-board computer that's great for a variety of purposes. From high-end retro gaming emulation to AI and machine learning techniques, the UDOO Bolt V3 and V8 SBCs are fantastic choices. Learn all about the AMD Ryzen V1000 embedded-powered UDOO Bolt boards, from compatible OSes like Windows, Linux, and Android to what it can do and if you should buy one!
Orange Pi Zero2 Specs and More

Orange Pi Zero2 Specs and More

The Orange Pi Zero2 SBC is a competent little maker board with a low price tag. Rocking a quad-core Allwinner system-on-a-chip (SoC), the Orange Pi 2 maker board can run Linux and Android. But should you buy it? Learn all about the Orange Pi Zero2, from what it is to whether or not this is the right single-board computer for your needs!
Cypress CY8CPROTO-063-BLE Development Kit Specs and More

Cypress CY8CPROTO-063-BLE Development Kit Specs and More

The Cypress Semiconductor CY8CPROTO-063-BLE PSoC 6 BLE prototyping kit is an excellent microcontroller with Bluetooth Low Energy onboard alongside a solid array of I/O. Affordably-priced and great for prototyping, it's a compelling MCU option.
Cypress CY8CPROTO-062-4343W PSoC 6 Wi-Fi BT Prototyping Kit Specs and More

Cypress CY8CPROTO-062-4343W PSoC 6 Wi-Fi BT Prototyping Kit Specs and More

The Cypress CY8CPROTO-062-4343W PSoC 6 Wi-Fi BT Prototyping Kit is an easy-to-use microcontroller. With solid specs including an ARM Cortex-M4 processor and great connectivity such as Wi-FI and Bluetooth onboard, is a fantastic microcontroller for making and prototyping. Learn all about the Cypress CY8CPROTO-062-4343W PSoC 6 Wi-Fi BT Prototyping Kit, from its specs to whether or not you should buy one!
PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit Specs and More

PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit Specs and More

The Cypress Semiconductor PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit is a great board that's low-power yet can handle data reading and transmission with ease. Learn all about the Cypress Semi PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit featuring its CY8CKIT-062-BLE dev board, from specs to what it can do and if you should buy one!
Cypress PSoC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit  Specs and More

Cypress PSoC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit  Specs and More

The Cypress PSoC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit  is a good dev kit that is great for beginners and professionals alike. Learn all about the Cypress PSoC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit , from what it can do to specs and if you should buy one!
SeeedStudio GD32 RISC-V Specs and More

SeeedStudio GD32 RISC-V Specs and More

The SeeedStudio GD32 RISC-V is a powerful yet small dev board with a ton of I/O, a 180MHz processor, and an affordable price tag. With its GUI and RISC-V architecture, it's a great microcontroller for IoT and programming.
Okdo E1 Specs and More

Okdo E1 Specs and More

The Okdo E1 is a cheap, small development board. With a small form factor, excellent performance, and great I/O, it's a solid board for makers and DIYers.
Wandboard PICO-PI-IMX8M-BASIC Specs and More

Wandboard PICO-PI-IMX8M-BASIC Specs and More

The Wandboard PICO-PI-IMX8M-BASIC is a similar single-board computer to the Raspberry Pi. However, it's not quite as capable and its price is a bit high. Still, the Wandboard PICO-PI-IMX8M-BASIC is a good choice for dev teams and industrial applications. Learn all about the PICO-PI, from specs to what OSes it can run and whether or not you should buy one!
BeagleBone AI Specs and More

BeagleBone AI Specs and More

Learn all about the BeagleBone AI maker board, from its specs to what it can do and if you should buy the BeagleBone AI or not!
Seeed Studio NPi i.MX6ULL Dev Board Specs and More

Seeed Studio NPi i.MX6ULL Dev Board Specs and More

The Seeed Studio NPi i.MX6ULL Linux SBC is a dev board that's powerful and well-specced. With its 40-pin GPIO header plus dual Ethernet jacks, it's a great option for smart home automation.

Maker Board Monday - UP Xtreme Board Specs and More

Learn all about the UP Xtreme board, from specs to if you should buy it. This Intel x86 single-board computer comes with an array of different CPU options and nearly unrivaled I/O for desktop-class performance in a small form factor.

Odroid-HC2 Specs and More

The Odroid-HC2 or Odroid Home Cloud 2 from HardKernel is a great single-board computer network-attached storage device. Learn more about Odroid HC-2 specs, Android and Linux support, and discover whether this SBC NAS is a DIY home server you should get!
Elecrow CrowPi2 Review: More than a Raspberry Pi Laptop

Elecrow CrowPi2 Review: More than a Raspberry Pi Laptop

The Elecrow CrowPi2 Raspberry Pi-powered laptop is a fantastic STEAM learning platform. Its Linux-based OS is great for teaching Scratch, block-based programming, and even coding like Python. There are tons of included accessories such as sensors, game controllers, and a microSD card with RetroPie pre-installed. The CrowPi 2 is a good value beginner-friendly Raspberry Pi starter kit.

Makerboard Monday: Embest MaaXBoard

Learn all about the MaaXBoard SBC, from its specs to what it can do and whether or not you should buy one. With excellent Android support, it's a solid choice for digital signage projects.

Makerboard Mondays: Electronut Labs Blip

Learn all about the Electronut Labs Blip, from what it is to what it can do, specs, and why you should or shouldn't get one!