Amazon is now losing the battle in the home. Here is why.

Amazon Echo has remained at the forefront of smart home devices up until now. Google, a worthy opponent and competitor seem to be more than catching up to Amazon. The smart home market, not being a new concept, was introduced earlier than the year 2016 and has grown...

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IoT, The Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things You’ve probably heard of the word IoT or maybe just the phrase “the internet of things.” If not, then don’t worry. This article is just for you. So, what is IoT? As you can tell, IoT is the abbreviation for the internet of things. It refers to...

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robotic submarine OpenROV

OpenROV: A Mini Submarine OpenROV is an underwater explorer which is a robotic submarine, purpose of making this robot is to make underwater exploration and education affordable for any interested adventurer. The idea of this machine was of Eric Stackpole, who is...

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Node.js with Azure MongoDB (no VM needed)

MongoDB on Azure?  Yes, you can run a VM on Azure and host a MongoDB but I hate managing VMs. Luckily Azure has a no-SQL offering called DocumentDB and they currently have a preview of it running that offers protocol support for MongoDB. What does that mean for...

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What’s SSH?

What’s SSH? SSH (Secure Shell) allows you to connect to a different computer and gain terminal access to it despite not physically sitting right in front of it. SSH doesn’t give you access to the graphical desktop environment, but it will give you terminal access....

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diy bluetooth iot speaker

So just about every electronic  store I have gone into now in the past year has a row of bluetooth speakers, all shapes a sizes but none that I really like. They all look like star trek and tron had babies. After doing a little digging (not long) there is a plethora...

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windows 10 iot core on raspberry pi 2

I found setting up Windows IoT Core on a raspberry pi 2 was incredibly simple. Here are the steps you will go through to get it up and running. Downloading Windows IoT Core installer Download the ISO that has everything you need including the tool to flash your SD...

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GoPro URL Commands

I've been playing around with the GoPro and sending it commands via a web browser. You can do this by simply connecting to your GoPro's WiFi via a Laptop. Once you are connected just use one of the command URLs listed below. GoPro URL Commands the general query...

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Easy 3D printing for kids

Young kids interest in 3D printing is growing at an amazing rate. It inspires the child much like legos, they imagine and then they create! There are many tools available to create 3D models, but most are to complicated for younger inventors. There are however new...

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Waterproofing ROV submersible motor

This video clip will show how to use a 9V-18V DC hobby motor and film canister to build a waterproof seal for the motor to be used on a ROV submersible. There is also information on how to strip the wire and crimp on quick disconnects.  

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Getting Started With Arduino

  Tutorial 01: Hardware Overview http://youtu.be/09zfRaLEasY Tutorial 02-a: Download and install the Arduino IDE on a Mac http://youtu.be/w55Pd4dU5-w Tutorial 02-b: Download and install the Arduino IDE on a PC http://youtu.be/cC_IuczAWFw Tutorial 03: Arduino IDE and...

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What is Vex IQ

The VEX IQ system was designed to be simple and easy for students to use. Structural pieces snap together and come apart without tools, allowing for quick build times and easy modifications. A variety of gears, wheels and other accessories allows for complete...

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Vex IQ GoPro Adapter

I've been using a GoPro for a while now on my paddleboard and playing around in the pool with the kids. One of the great features about the GoPro is that there is a free app that allows you to preview a live video feed from the GoPro over WiFi. Using the GorPro with...

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