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. In addition to Electromaker, Ian writes over at MakeUseOf and has bylines at the likes of Online Tech Tips as well as Help Desk Geek.

Maker Board Spotlight: Rock Pi S

Maker Board Spotlight: Rock Pi S

The Rock Pi S is a small, affordable single-board computer. Rocking Ethernet, USB, and a slew of onboard connectors including GPIO, the Rock Pi S is a good, cheap SBC. But should you get one? Learn all about the Rock Pi S, from its specs to what it can do!

Maker Board Spotlight: Arduino MKR1000

The Arduino MKR1000 is a low-cost development board that's capable of tons of different projects. From IoT projects to smart home automation, it's a great microcontroller for a lot of different applications. Find out all about the Arduino MKR1000, from its specs to if you should buy one!

Maker Board Spotlight: NXP MIMXRT1010-EVK i.MX RT1010 Evaluation Kit

The NXP MIMXRT1010-EVK i.MX RT1010 Evaluation Kit is an ARM-based development board that's great for prototyping. Learn all about the NXP MIMXRT1010-EVK i.MX RT1010 Evaluation Kit, from specs and what it can do to if it's the right board for you!

Maker Board Spotlight: NXP MIMXRT1020-EVK: i.MX RT1020 Evaluation Kit

Learn about the NXP MIMXRT1020-EVK: i.MX RT1020 Evaluation Kit, from what it is to what it can do!

Maker Board Spotlight: Raspberry Pi Pico

The Raspberry Pi Pico is a brand new microcontroller from the Raspberry Pi Foundation featuring RP2040 Raspberry Silicon. It's capable of running C, C++, MicroPython, and CircuitPython. Learn all about the Raspberry Pi Pico, from what it is to what it can do!

Maker Board Spotlight: HiKey 970

The Hikey 970 is a powerful single-board computer for artificial intelligence projects. But should you buy it? Learn all about the HiKey 970, from specs to what it can do and if it's the right AI SBC for you!

Maker Board Spotlight: Arduino Uno

Learn all about the Arduino Uno, from its specs to what it can do! Find out the difference in an Arduino board versus the Arduino IDE, compare the Arduino Uno vs. Mega vs. Micro vs. Every, and learn whether you should use an Arduino Uno!
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!