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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.

Introduction to Anvil : A tool to create a web interface for any Python project

At PyCon UK in September we met the team again and had more time with this great piece of software. But what is Anvil?

Pimoroni Keybow powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero WH Review

Coming as a kit, Keybow is powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero WH (pre-soldered GPIO headers), and all we need to build this kit is a cross head screwdriver.

Monk Makes Electronics Starter Kit For micro:bit

We all started our electronics journey in very different ways. However, what is common to us all is that we all used some form of kit to hone our skills.

Kitronik : All-in-one Robotics Board for BBC micro:bit

There are lots of robot platforms on the market. Many cater for the beginner, and some cater for the advanced maker. But what about those of us in between? We want a board that will enable us to create sophisticated robots, but we also need a little help.

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!