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While Not Directly Radio Related . . .

While not directly radio related, this was too amazing not to share (so forgive me in advance! There is an Arduino involved, if that helps?!)

The video above is of a robot which can solve Rubik’s Cube in about 1 second.

I will not embarrass myself in telling how long it takes me to solve it . . . .

It is, however, easy to see how radio hobbyists could find these Arduino boards quite intriguing!

Robert Gulley, AK3Q, is the author of this post and a regular contributor to the SWLing Post. Robert also blogs at All Things Radio.

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Adafruit Industries: an amazing resource for electronics experimenters

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SWLing Post contributor, Richard Langley, writes:

In a recent blog posting, you mentioned the use of Arduinos in the radio hobby. Those of us who have experimented with Arduinos (and Raspberry Pis, etc.) likely have come across Adafruit Industries when looking for hardware bits and pieces to use in our maker activities.

There is a great article on Limor Fried and her company in the latest issue of the IEEE news magazine “The Institute” and it’s also available on line:
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/technology-topic/how-diy-electronics-startup-adafruit-industries-became-a-multimillion-dollar-company

And there’s a short video up on the Web where Fried explains the company’s purpose and philosophy:
http://theinstitute.ieee.org/video/technology-focus/technology-topic/inside-adafruit-industries

Richard then added:

[Here is a] cute Adafruit video introducing the concept of (radio) frequency to kids:

Very cool!  Thanks so much, Richard, for sharing this. Adafruit looks like not only a true community player, but a comprehensive source for the electronics experimenter! My daughters love the Adafruit video; now to dig up all of the previous episodes!

I’m planning to learn more about Arduinos and my RaspberryPi this winter, so I’ll keep Adafruit bookmarked!

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TASS: An Arduino-based antenna switch

TASS

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Stan (WA1LOU), who writes:

“Enjoy your blog. I have been reading it for years. [H]ere is something your readers might be interested in that I mentioned in my blog today:

http://www.horzepa.com/2015/09/computer-controlled-switch-system.html

Very cool! Goes to show that there are a countless number of applications for the Arduino system to be used with amateur and shortwave radio.

Click here to read Stan’s informative post, and here to order the TASS system from TAPR.

John Ackermann also produced this informative presentation/video about the system:

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