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November 2015

Ultra Cheap Raspberry Pi Zero

The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry.  The Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. Zero is a full-fledged member of the

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3D Printed Plastic Car Jack

South African inventor and engineer Hans Focuhe has done it again. This time, to promote and communicate the launch of his new, more powerful Cheetah 2 3D printer, he has designed and built a fully functional, plastic car jack, marking several “firsts”, even in an industry where just about everything that happens is a “first time ever”. Fouche’s is the first completely plastic car jack and also the first 3D printed one

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DIY Arduino IoT Weather Clock

Another great instructable by Toglefritz Today we will create a web-connected, Arduino-powered clock/weather station. Our clock will be much more powerful than any available from retail:     We will have an attractive clock that is easy to read and fully customizable. We will get accurate temperature and humidity readings for inside the house. We can use multiple sensors placed around the house to get readings from as many rooms as we

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Don’t Miss The 3D Printing Meetup JHB

Its that time again. 3D Printing Meetup Johannesburg. Evening of the 26th November (Thursday) and what better place than the heart of the Beast at Robobeast Offices in Northlands Business Park, Corner minis, Northriding. Please bring your own beer and drinks, a fridge is supplied and some snacks if you are peckish. A meetup for anyone interested in 3D Printing, actively involved or if you just want to come see

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Huawei Shows Off Fast-Recharging Battery

Huawei has developed a prototype smartphone battery that can be recharged to half its capacity in just five minutes. The battery is based on the same lithium ion chemistry used in cellphone batteries today but gets its advantage from atoms of graphite bonded to the anode, Huawei said on Friday at an industry conference in Japan. That change means faster charging but not at the expense of usage life or a sacrifice

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DIY Raspberry Pi Christmas Tree Light Show

This instructable by Osprey22 involves using a Raspberry Pi to drive 8 AC outlets which are connected to Christmas Tree light sets. The AC lights are simple one color strands of lights, but to give a more dynamic range to the light show there is also a 25 programmable RGB LED star. One of the benefits of using the Raspberry Pi instead of an Arduino controller is that I can drive the

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Jonga Community Alert System

JONGA Community Alert System A simple, low cost, easy to install, innovative, community based alert system for townships. The system consists of sensors and a transmission unit. The sensors can be placed in places of possible entry around the house. When an intruder tries to gain entry into the house the sensors trigger an alert command in the transmission unit. You get notified of the intrusion via your cellphone. You

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Curiosity 120$ eWaste Educational 3D Printer

Co-developed with the Poly University of Hong Kong, the Curiosity is an easy-to-assemble educational 3D printer which offers a super low-cost platform for educational purposes. 3D printing closes the gap between an idea or inspiration and the first prototype and enables people of all ages and backgrounds to make the leap to become an inventor! However, since most 3D printers still cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, the price

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Maker Faire Coming To Durban This Month

The MakerSpace welcomes you to Maker Convention 2015 (MAKERCON). A showcase and celebration of the “Maker Movement” in Durban. The Maker Movement is a global phenomenon of people sharing ideas and harnessing technology to make things. From 3D printing to leather craft, custom furniture and robots, there is something interesting to see, touch and make. This year the MAKERCON Event will be hosted in the trendy Station Drive precinct attracting creatives and

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DIY Arduino Solar Charge Controller

DIY Arduino based MPPT solar charger controller. via electroniclovers   what is Mppt( Maximum power point tracking) ? “we use MPPT algorithm to get the maximum available power from the Photovoltaic module under certain conditions” How MPPT works  ? Why 150W solar panel does not equal to 150 w? For example you bought a new solar panel from the market which puts out 7 amps. under charge the setting of a battery is configured

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