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May 18, 2015 - 1 minute read

Miniature DC Motor driver resource

I spotted a link about drivers for small motors on We have a few of the shelf boards for easily driving motors such as: and but selecting the right components to roll your own depending on the motor you are driving can require a lot of web research in many different places. This seems to be a nicely done comprehensive resource: Precision Microdrives motordriver resource

May 11, 2015 - 1 minute read

9th May Meeting - 3 more images

The floor of the new makerspace area will be raised to provide more insulation so the door lintels also need raising. Inside the makerspace, one of the new window units can be partially seen. This one needed it’s lintel replacing. Les giving an interesting demo. Tony is getting his OLED screen working with an Arduino Nano clone. A mistake I made with the clone Nano is not looking at the correct pin out diagram for the clone Nano.

May 9, 2015 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG and Makerspace Meeting 9th May 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Kieran, Phyllis, Tony, Les Arthur, Ricky, Jeff and Martin. The work on the new space is ongoing. The floor in the basement will be 100 mm higher after the insulation has been installed, necessitating a similar rise of 100 mm for the door lintels. With the Acro in place, bricks are removed ready for new lintel to go in. Meanwhile, directly above, on the next floor, a quick talk from Les Next, Les demonstrates how it is done Arthur turns on an LED with his Apple watch Ricky attempts to remote control his robot Tony gets his oled screen to display his name Les never runs out of parts Arthur waxes lyrical about Microsoft and their new ‘community’ IOT vision on the mailing list, here He was so convincing that I spent the morning installing windows 10, finally succeeding after hitting this snag which goes back to windows 7: “Setup was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition.” and finding the answer here on the druss blog: With windows 10 installed, visual studio was downloaded and installed.

May 4, 2015 - 2 minute read

Blackpool LUG and Makerspace - at home with our new host.

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Kieran, Phyllis, James, Les Arthur, Joe, Ricky, Jeff and Martin. Mike Hull is our new host, and meetings now take place in the dining room of the ‘Crossways’, which Mike owns on Tyldesley Road in Central Blackpool. Directly below the dining room is the basement which will eventually become the new home for the LUG and Makerspace, once renovations are complete. Les surveys the work still to be done.

Apr 11, 2015 - 2 minute read

Internet of Things pt1a: ESP8266

Nice!!! (But not for me) A quick write up of what I found when I read around ESP8266 firmware, I was vaguely aware of most of this but I actually sat down and had a quick play with some of the ideas… The ESP8266 can operate without the need of a separate micro controller such as an Arduino. The easiest example I could find was to upload the Lua firmware. Everything you need is on github here: It was relatively straight forward.

Apr 11, 2015 - 4 minute read

Internet of Things pt1: ESP8266

Jumping on the IoT bandwagon It seems I can’t escape from the “Internet of Things”… at work the development tool vendors spam me with how their tools enable IoT and their wild market growth predictions; at home in my making hobby IoT articles are popping up all over. What does a guy that has too many long term projects on the go need? That’s right… another project! So here’s the start of what might turn into a full IoT project.