Les Pounder

Les Pounder loves hacking and tinkering with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and new technologies. He passes on his skills and discoveries to Electromaker readers via tutorials and reviews.

We get hands-on with the new Sony Spresense board

At Makerfaire Rome we were lucky enough to get hands-on with Sony’s latest entry into the maker community.

Best Holiday Gifts for Makers and DIYers 2018 Edition

With the holidays approaching, you’ll want to start thinking about what to get that special maker in your life. While electronics often connote a high price tag, plenty of affordable maker Christmas gifts abound.

Best Black Friday 2018 Deals for Makers From Pimoroni, Pi Supply, and More

Find the best Black Friday 2018 deals for makers, hobbyists, and DIYers! Featuring savings from Pimoroni, Pi Supply, and more!

Makerfaire Rome 2018 - The European Edition Review

MakerFaire Rome is huge, spread over seven halls at Fiera di Roma, just outside of Rome. There were 700 stalls from 61 countries; this event clearly draws in crowds from across the world.

Gigglebot by Dexter Industries Review

Building robots has gotten easier in the past few years. We now have motor control boards, robot platforms and languages that now support every level of user wishing to build a robot.

Teclast F5 Laptop Review

Can lightning strike twice? The Teclast F7 which we reviewed previously has become an ideal laptop for cost conscious-makers, needing a slim and light laptop but with a full 1080p screen.

EMF Camp Badge Review & Tutorial

In recent years conference badges have become quite a thing. Gone are the simple “Hello my name is ...” adhesive-backed badges in favour of badges that are full-blown computers!

Welcome to the ESP32 running EduBlocks!

The ESP32 has become the big thing in Internet of Things (IoT) projects. It offers better WiFi, Bluetooth and performance than the ESP8266, and for not much more money!

SenseHAT: Part 2 Accelerometer and Pixels

In part one of this series we introduced the Sense HAT, a platform for discovery and science! If you haven’t seen that part, head over now and follow that before moving on to this part.

Pimoroni Picade Build, Hack and Review

Well, the new Picade from Pimoroni is even smaller than a bartop, yet still packs enough power to emulate every home console and the majority of arcade releases up to the millennium. Thanks to the Raspberry Pi 3.

Welcome to the ESP32 running EduBlocks!

The ESP32 has become the big thing in Internet of Things (IoT) projects. It offers better WiFi, Bluetooth and performance than the ESP8266, and for not much more money! The ESP32 comes in many forms, from a breadboard ‘compatible’ board to a standalone board that has an OLED screen and can be powered from an 18650 battery!

SenseHAT: Part 1 Temperature and humidity

Onboard the International Space Station there are two Raspberry Pi and on each of those Pis is a board that offers a platform for scientific discovery and wonder.

Review : Building a Cube with Cube:bit

LED cubes are great, but for those new to electronics (and seasoned experts) they can be really difficult to build and control … if only there were a more simple way to create them...

So what is Bolt IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing new, it has been with us for over a decade, but in this time we have seen the price of devices fall from hundreds of dollars to less than $10!

Build your own solder fume extractor

We love soldering. It is one of the most fundamental skills that any maker can learn, but the fumes produced by soldering aren’t good for you. However, before you start panicking, there are a few simple rules to follow.

What is the Crumble microcontroller and what can we do with it?

When we think of microcontrollers, we think of one of the many hundreds of boards on the market. But when we think of microcontrollers for children, the list is a little shorter, in fact only two boards spring to mind for us, the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. But before these two popular boards there was another board aimed squarely at children, and that was Crumble.

Twitter controlled bubble machine

The Internet of Things is just that, things connected to the Internet. Sometimes they are useful, such as sensors for monitoring health and scientific data. Other times they are trivial/fun. Such as this project.

What are the Gemma M0 and CircuitPython?

MicroPython has come a long way since Damien George first released his Kickstarter for the PyBoard in 2014. Originally a fork of Python 3 for microcontrollers we now have a mature Micro Python platform available for a diverse range of boards such as the BBC micro:bit, WiPy, and ESP32 and this range keeps growing. Adafruit, the American maker company has long been a supporter of the maker community, and in recent months they have released their own “fork” of the MicroPython project and it is called CircuitPython.