The Action Packed Adventure

While this post is not about any electronic project that I have made, it is nonetheless interesting (well, I think so anyway). The background story is that we are selling our house to move into a different house which needs some renovations done to it before we move in. We are trying to do all the renovations…

Brads Electronics Shop

I decided to open up my own little online electronics hobby store – Brads Electronics Shop (can you see how I came up with that name?) At the moment it is intended for those in Australia It’s now open to all those worldwide! to get all sorts of electronics components, tools, modules, wires etc… At a low price….

Another RetroBall!

I made a previous post of how some people have made their own RetroBall unit: https://www.bradsprojects.com/a-couple-more-retroballs/ Well it’s great to see that people are still making their own version and the latest addition has been made by forum user Ulf Maier. He has kindly provided some photo’s of his build which happens to be a super…

PCB Christmas Trees!

Forum user bitfogav has made a well themed project in the form of circuit board Christmas trees. Each tree contains 16 LED’s, driven by a couple of 74595 (serial in – parallel out) shift registers. An Arduino or practically any microcontroller can then be used to send in a bunch of 1’s and 0’s to…

Oak – The WIFI enabled microcontroller DEV board.

Erik Kettenburg from over at digistump.com has come up with his fourth Kickstarter campaign named ‘Oak’. Oak is a tiny Arduino Compatible development board with built-in Wi-Fi and a secure cloud-powered platformcalled RootCloud (online IDE, REST API, and Dashboard) which makes it easy to create cloud-connected electronic devices, projects, and products. Oak is fully Arduino…

StickyBUG – Make Your Own Arduino Shield

David John Barker (The guy behind my favourite programming IDE Swordfish Basic) has started up a Kickstarter campaign today where you can pledge for some StickyBUG’s! But what are StickyBUGs? Good question, but first some background information. Arduino is a great versatile electronics / programming platform that allows you to plug in various shields for…

Super Pixel Bros on the Intellivision

I am a big fan of the old Nintendo Entertainment System video game console. And perhaps one of my favourite games on that system is Super Mario Bros. (image reference: http://images.eurogamer.net/2013/usgamer/NGL1—Super-Mario-Bros.png) So a few years ago I decided to make my own version of this Nintendo classic but restrict it to just 64 pixels on an…

Tiny Screen: A color display the size of your thumb!

Tiny Screen is a small OLED display with a resolution of 96 x 64 pixels and a colour depth of 16bits which gives you 65,536 different colours. The display measures just 0.96″ diagonally which I guess makes sense as to why they call it tiny! The tiny screen is made by the same people that…

MAGPI – The Micro Arduino Gaming Platform Interface

I stumbled upon another microcontroller based handheld video game device tonight while checking out the Arduino contest over at instructables.com The MAGPI was made by instructables user zippy314 and his son. It uses minimal hardware but the results are great, the first game in their youtube video reminds me of a lunar lander / asteroids…

How To Break Your Smartphone.

I have made a whole heap of electronics and programming tutorials over the years and I thought it was about time that I let you guys know of a sure fire way to smash your smartphone’s glass digitiser. It’s quite simple really, when you’re working with some wood, nails and a hammer – be sure…

Swordfish Basic Floating Point Math Problem.

I am working on another new project (surprise, surprise…) where I am measuring current of different devices and sending it to an LED matrix. I am using a PIC18F13K50 microcontroller for the job and coding in Swordfish Basic. I was in the initial stages of testing the led matrix display and I ran some simple…

Make your own Super Mario Bros Levels

My 5 and 4 year old boys very much enjoy playing games from my retro video game collection with Super Mario Bros being their favourite. So I did a little searching on the internet for a Super Mario Bros level editor and well, I found one. It is called Super Mario Bros. Game Builder and…

A couple more RetroBalls…

I have been contacted by a couple of people who have made their own version of Retroball which is great to see! Firstly, cnribbens from the forum posted some details of his retroball build. It started out as a Super Pong Table (which was my original version of Retroball) this version required that you make…