Freelance Tech Journalist / Technical Writer, Engineering Consultant

Jeremy Cook Consulting

Jeremy Cook is a freelance tech journalist and engineering consultant with over 10 years of factory automation experience. An avid maker and experimenter, you can follow him on Twitter, or see his electromechanical exploits on the Jeremy S. Cook YouTube Channel!

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For the Professional Maker: Explore RISC-V with the VEGAboard - Blog

February 19, 2019

RISC-V is an open instruction set computing architecture. It has its roots in academia, and is based on the RISC, or Reduced Instruction Set Computer paradigm.


Challenges of Building an Omni Wheel Robot - Blog

January 22, 2019

You may wonder why wheels that roll at 90degrees to their traditional axis, and their 45 degree Mecanum cousins, aren't more commonly used in industry and high-end robotics. For one thing, they're expensive.


Microchip AC164160 Secure IoT Sensor Node - Product

January 21, 2019

This development/evaluation board features Wi-Fi connectivity, an ATmega4808 processor, and an ATECC608A cryptographic co-processor to restrict data to authorized users and systems.


Arduino Pro Micro ATmega32U4 Dev Board - Blog

December 20, 2018

While Arduino compatible programming-wise, this board isn?t actually made by Arduino, and can instead be found on SparkFun in both a 3.3V and 5V variants.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: If You Speak Arduino, Processing Takes Things to the Next Level - Other

November 30, 2018

If you?ve been using Arduino boards?or, more generally programming in the Arduino IDE?you already know the basics of programming in Processing.


For the Professional Maker: Building a Sound-Reactive Stack Light Poses a Few Challenges - Blog

November 08, 2018

This stack light is made with six polycarbonate disks surrounding RGBW LED strips. It?s powered by an Arduino Nano, and receives input from an electret microphone, as well as four DIP switches.

Debug & Test

For the Professional Maker: IkaScope Ultra-Portable WiFi Oscilloscope - Blog

October 10, 2018

Earlier this year, Ikalogic sent me one of their IkaScope handheld WiFi oscilloscopes to try out. For this mini review, I?ll list the device?s characteristics first, and give my thoughts after.


For the Professional Maker: World Maker Faire New York 2018 - Blog

October 05, 2018

This September I had the pleasure of attending the World Maker Faire in New York, where a wide variety of people, robots, and equipment come together to show off what they do and have made.

Analog & Power

Hands-On with the Easy Driver Stepper Motor Control Board - Blog

September 24, 2018

When working with dev boards, such as those made by Arduino and the like, working with hobby style servos is quite straightforward.


For the Professional Maker: Striking Out on Your Own: 2 Years In - Blog

September 05, 2018

While I won?t go into specifics, on average I?ve been able to make what I consider a reasonable living writing about technology as well as the occasional engineering/DIY project. The key is average.


For the Professional Maker: 3D-Printing, Ready for Your Prototyping Needs - Blog

August 23, 2018

As an engineer who graduated knowing how to use a mill and lathe, I?ve mostly viewed this technology as a curiosity with potential to be an amazing tool sometime far in the future.

Software & OS

For the Professional Maker: Zelda themed heart lights up via Twitter and IFTTT - Blog

August 09, 2018

I decided to make an 8-bit themed heart container from Zelda that people can switch on or off via Twitter.


For the Professional Maker: Python for physical computing applications - Blog

July 20, 2018

Interestingly, the basics of router ?G-code? isn?t that complicated, simply telling your cutting head to move from one place to another. In fact, it?s possible?and very tedious?to write it by hand.

Networking & 5G

For the Professional Maker: Wireless Bluetooth control and programming for your next Arduino project - Blog

July 13, 2018

Inexpensive Bluetooth serial modules can accomplish serial control and feedback wirelessly, or even program it without a physical connection.


For the Professional Maker: Rocket launcher Strandbeest - Blog

June 28, 2018

As I write this, the Fourth of July is coming up, a time when Americans are encouraged to light and observe pyrotechnic devices in abundance.


For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Pixy2 vision system - Blog

June 15, 2018

While you undoubtedly have some familiarity with computer vision, normally these systems come packaged as either an expensive industrial setup.


For the Professional Maker: What you need to know about going to production with a Raspberry-Pi-based design - Blog

June 01, 2018

So you?ve been experimenting with the Raspberry Pi single-board computer for years, and you've finally come up with an application that others would be willing to pay for.


For the Professional Maker: Hands-on with the Lattice Modular Embedded Vision Development Kit - Story

May 25, 2018

Machine vision has been around in practical terms since the early 1980s, with experiments in this technology dating back even earlier. In the beginning, even reading a single letter took many seconds.


For the Professional Maker: Raspberry Pi helps create a cottage industry of DIY game systems - Story

April 26, 2018

If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you were likely amazed when devices like the Nintendo Game Boy and Sega Game Gear came onto the scene, enabling you to play versions of Mario or Sonic on the go.

Analog & Power

Camera slider controls upgrade yields valuable prototyping lessons - Story

April 11, 2018

One thing I?ve enjoyed integrating into videos are physically panning shots, taken with a slider. My setup worked well, but the controls were extremely poor.

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