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Atmel is the No. 1 supplier of sensor hubs

Analysts at IHS have confirmed that Atmel was the number one supplier of sensor hubs in 2013 – clinching an impressive 32 percent of total industry shipments. In 2014, worldwide shipments of sensor hubs are expected to reach a projected 658.4 million units, up 154 percent from 259.6 million units last year. As senior IHS analyst […]

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Atmel looks back at Maker Faire Shenzhen

Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE Magazine and creator of Maker Faire, notes that Maker Faire Shenzhen, held the first weekend of April 2014, celebrated the emergence of the Maker Movement in China and recognized the significance of Shenzhen as a global capital for DIY culture. “Maker Faire Shenzhen was the first full-scale Maker Faire in China. An estimated 30,000 […]

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Video: Creating a DIY Spotify remote

The UK-based HackShed crew has created a DIY Spotify remote powered by an Atmel-based Arduino board paired with an LCD keypad shield. The remote displays the current (playing) song, as well as supporting various functions such as play/pause, previous and next. “The remote is made from a VB.NET application that listens on a select COM […]

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Making music with the open source Kyub

The Kyub is a Maker friendly, open source MIDI keyboard kit that can be easily assembled by just about anyone. “Capacitive sensing gives the Kyub extremely sensitive action, [while] an internal accelerometer allows the volume of each note to be precisely controlled for versatile musical expression,” a Kyub rep explained in a recent Kickstarter post. […]

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Let’s go Charlieplexing!

Charlieplexing is a technique proposed in early 1995 by Charlie Allen at Maxim Integrated for driving a multiplexed display in which relatively few I/O pins on a microcontroller are used to control an array of LEDs. According to Wikipedia, the method employs the tri-state logic capabilities of microcontrollers in order to gain efficiency over traditional multiplexing. Indeed, most […]

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Building your own Primo prototype

Primo is a playful physical programming interface that helps teach children programming logic without the need for literacy. Powered by an Atmel-based Arduino board, the Primo play-set uses shapes, colors and spacial awareness to instruct programming logic through a tactile learning experience. According to the folks at primo.io, Primo comprises three primary items: Cubetto – […]

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The turbo encabulator

My buddy Andy Aronson reminded me of this great spoof video; If only microcontrollers were this simple. This original spawned a whole slew of copies, like this one from the cool folks at Rockwell Automation. I hope you agree, these videos deserve every one of the hundreds of thousands of views.

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Video: Designing a mesh networked conference badge

Andrew Nohawk recently attended ZaCon V, a free South African security conference. In honor of the event, Nohawk decided to design an interactive mesh networked conference badge. As HackADay’s Mathieu Stephan reports, the slick platform is powered by Atmel’s stalwart ATmega328 microcontroller (MCU). Additional features include a Nokia 5110 LCD, a 433MHz AM/OOK TX/RX module, a few […]

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Glossy Arduino Project Handbook details 45 projects

Mark Geddes has put together an Arduino Project Handbook about the Atmel-powered boards that boasts over 45 detailed projects illustrated in full color. Examples include a lie detector, programmable rocket launcher, motion sensor alarm, reaction timer, electronic dice, keypad entry system, laser trip wire alarm, robot, wireless ID card system and range finder. “Back in […]

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Beehives are going open source

Want to make your own printable, smart beehive to track colony health, reverse colony collapse disorder and promote international bee recovery? Then check out this open source beehive project helmed by an international team of ecologists, beekeepers, Makers, engineers and open source advocates. “We’ve designed two downloadable, printable beehives: the Colorado Top Bar and the […]

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