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Blog 2: Developing Poddy McPodface - Hyperloop prototype for SpaceX competition

This article speaks about HypED Team and their effort to develop the first British Hyperloop prototype. The team will be heading to California later in August to test the prototype at SpaceX Hyperloop track.

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July 26, 2017 14:01

6 things you might have missed in July

A mixture of holidays and conferences mean it's even more likely you missed some of the exciting things going on in the world of technology. Check out this post for the latest technology you dont want to miss.

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July 26, 2017 08:46

Exoskeletons, making light of it

The use of exoskeletons is growing, from helping people carry a heavy load to easing the muscular stress of repetitive tasks. We take a look at some of the designs and companies out there.

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July 25, 2017 13:15

6 of the Best PCB Reference Designs

We have a terrific collection of DesignSpark PCB reference designs for you to download and modify to your heart's content.

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July 25, 2017 10:32

Is Your Arduino Fast Enough For Your Neopixel Or Dotstar Application?

Neopixels and Dotstars from Adafruit are popular addressable LED arrays and chains. The serial protocols used are at the limit of what basic Arduinos can manage. The ShieldBuddy with its 3 200MHz CPUs can drive multiple arrays genuinely in parallel.

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Electronics Design

July 25, 2017 10:02

Software & Maintenance Engineers! - upgrade to Segger Flash Super Heroes

With just a couple of cables, and the latest Flasher Portable PLUS, the intrepid engineering hero can upgrade or repair software on the vast majority of the Worlds microcontrollers

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July 25, 2017 08:49

Cornwall and the Digital Revolution: The Software Story

Cornwall is enjoying a Digital boom. West Cornwall is the second fastest growing digital hub in the country. Belinda Waldock will launch a series of talks with an overview of the Cornish Software sector.

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Raspberry Pi

July 25, 2017 08:44

Alexa And Pi, Please.

So you have a Pi-Top and want to get Alexa up and running? Or maybe you already have a Raspberry Pi 3 and you want to get Alexa on that instead? If you have a pi-topPULSE it is a pretty simple task to get Alexa. This article shows you how.

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July 25, 2017 07:46

Newsletter 24-07-17

This week, an intel joule wireless repeater, Pmod prototyping, rapid IoT solutions, RGB Cubes and more!

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Industry 4.0

July 24, 2017 10:46

Digital Retrofit, The Key to Industry 4.0 Success?

By now you are all aware of the term ‘Industry 4.0’, you should also be aware of what this means, however you may not be aware of how you can achieve Industry 4.0 success without the vast associated costs, time and man power involved.

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Raspberry Pi

July 24, 2017 10:28

pi-topPULSE: an audiovisual experience for your Pi

The pi-topPUSLE is the lasted accessory from the pi-top family. The pi-top range is based around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning

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July 24, 2017 10:07

Best Storage Conditions for PCBs

Most people are aware of the dangers ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) can pose on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). However, there is another risk factor many operators forget: moisture.

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