Let’s Talk Microcontrollers


I’ve been doing a lot of work with the Arduino microcontroller and Xbee digital radios.  These little devices make all kinds of automation possible, including remote (two-way) applications.  The Arduino has a bunch of I/O pins, does analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), and is pretty cheap.  The Xbee’s, while acting as very capable wireless USB cable replacements, also feature a few I/O pins, limited ADC, and a variety of ranges and antenna options.

Here are a couple of my published microcontroller articles:

Microcontroller On The Cheap With Arduino and Linux

Exploring Embedded Linux With Xport Pro

Here are a couple of Plug Computer stories that kind of go hand-in-hand with microcontrollers:

Plugging Away: Automated Text Messaging To Your Phone

Plugging Away: DIY Basic Apache/PHP Web Server

Time to get out the soldering iron and get busy on some projects.

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About Rob Reilly

Rob is an independent consultant, writer, and speaker, specializing in Linux/Free software, hacking of just about everything, DIY and Maker Movement, and tech media. He has a BS in Mechanical Technology from Purdue University. Contact him at doc@drtorq.com.
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