Getting Started with the Banana Pi R2

Learn about getting started with the Banana Pi R2, from the best OSes for the BPi-R2 to projects like a Banana Pi R2 router.

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.

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.

Orange Pi Review: Orange Pi Prime Set Up and Hands-on Look

The Raspberry Pi stands out as the single-board computer (SBC) standard. Yet plenty of Raspberry Pi alternatives exist, including the Odroid XU4, Libre Computer Renegade, and ASUS Tinker Board. The Orange Pi Prime is a capable maker board that competes with similar devices such as the Raspberry Pi and ASUS Tinker Board. Learn more in this Orange Pi review with a look at the Orange Pi Prime, from what it is to initial set up!

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...

Odroid-Go Review: An Affordable DIY Portable Game Console

Hardkernel, the hardware manufacturer behind powerful single-board computers (SBCs) including the Odroid XU4, offers the neat Odroid-Go kit. This portable do-it-yourself (DIY) game console provides a GameBoy-esque form factor for a mobile retro gaming experience. Learn more in this Odroid-Go review, from what it is to how to make a portable retro gaming device. 

Taking a shortcut - Using the Jaco Burge TouchPad

We’ve used keyboard shortcuts for years, from the humble copy/paste to exiting vi. Shortcuts save us time, but in some applications, such as CAD / CAM they are a necessity. So when the JacoBurge TouchPad Kickstarter went live in early 2018, we have to get one for a test. So let's take a look at what we get.

Teclast F7 - Could this be the makers’ laptop?

As makers, our laptop is to us as is a sketchpad to an artist. A tool that we wield to create new projects and record important information. Our typical daily driver laptop is an old Lenovo X220, with 16GB DDR3 RAM and 480GB SSD running Ubuntu. So when a really cheap Windows laptop caught our eye, we questioned just how much power do we need, especially with many of the applications that we use now being hosted in “the cloud”.

Anet A8 3D Printer Review

3D printers are getting cheaper and cheaper. Some are even as cheap as £99 (101 Hero), but with this level of cost-cutting, something has to give and, generally, it is in the parts that are used. So when I saw the Anet A8 on Gearbest for £118 delivered, I thought “Is this another cheap, low quality printer?”

Introducing Ardublockly for Arduino

The humble Arduino has powered many projects across the globe. Created in the early 2000s, the Arduino’s goal was to provide a cheap development platform for artists to experiment with electronics. For many years the Arduino set the bar for others to beat, and it wasn’t until the rise of the Raspberry Pi in 2012 that we saw competition that would offer an alternative experience for those new to code.

What is the TS100 Soldering Iron?

Soldering is a deeply ritualised activity. Choosing the correct temperature, heating the iron, what solder do you use, lead or lead-free?

MeArm Pi Review

A robotic arm kit designed specially for the Raspberry Pi

A smart portable power solution for your Raspberry Pi

After an unfortunate two-year delay following its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the PiJuice has finally arrived. As the name suggests, it’s all about supplying power (juice) to the Raspberry Pi so you can set it free from the mains to use in projects in the great outdoors.

What is the Onion Omega 2+ and what can I do with it?

It seems that single board computers need fruit/vegetable based names, and an enigmatic word usually helps (Pi, Omega, Nano) too!

Libre Computer Project AML-S905X-CC “Le Potato” Review

Another day, another single board computer (SBC) hits the market, but this one from Libre Computer Project hopes to be a more powerful “drop-in replacement” for the Raspberry Pi. But does it meet the high standard of the Raspberry Pi? Well, let's find out.

An introduction to Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT)

The Internet of Things (IoT), those words will either fill you with hope or leave you in fear! But the IoT is here and many devices now communicate their information using a myriad of protocols.

Introduction to the ATtiny85

The ATtiny85 is a microcontroller in a similar vein to the Arduino, but with much less IO pins, smaller memory and a smaller form factor.
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