You can buy microcontrollers for as little as 3 cents, if you order a lot of them, a staggeringly cheap number even if you’re so young you don’t know a Zilog Z80 was $10 in 1978 money. But are these cheapo parts any good? Hackaday says they’re terrible, but Tim finds a role.
[it] surely is a question of perspective. They address a specific category of low-cost, high volume, non-serviceable products with limited functionality. You need to wait for the push of a button and then let an LED flash exactly five times? You need to control a battery-operated night light? The sub $0.10 MCU is your friend to reduce BOM and shorten development time.
For everything else, spare a buck.
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Behold the AmazonBasics Alexa-Equipped Microwave, a $40 item whose low price is belied by the fact everything you say to it is held in contingent perpetuity in an Amazon datacenter. [via] AmazonBasics Microwave simplifies cooking by letting you microwave using your voice and an Echo device. Just say, “Alexa, reheat one cup of coffee,” and […]
The Lock Picking Lawyer is one of my favorite YouTubers, and he’s spreading his wings beyond the usual fare of dreadful padlocks and crap safes. Here he shows how to use a $2 generic remote control to “blind” SimpliSafe, a security gadget that’s getting rave reviews from product testers. This however is a little 433 […]
Let’s face it: People at the gym aren’t bragging about their headphones. If they were that great, they’d be listening to them instead of talking about them. So while we’re sure those new PowerBeats Pro earbuds are something special, why would you shell out $250 for a tiny pair of speakers when comparable ones are […]
Big companies take on big projects. When they do that, they need a project manager to lay out a roadmap for the entire team – and they’re typically willing to pay a big paycheck to the person who can fill those shoes. So what does it take to become a project manager? If you don’t […]
Your phone doesn’t have to be the only smart piece of tech in your pocket. We regularly take pens, lighters, and wallets for granted, but here are 10 portable items that improve on those everyday bits of gear and others just like them. TEC Accessories The Orbiter™ Pinstripe Magnetic Fidget Device Tired of that same […]