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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Open Source

Personal Network Attached Storage Options - Blog

November 04, 2019

If buying a ready-made solution sounds interesting, PC Mag has a list of Best NAS Devices for 2019 that could be a good place to start. But who wouldn't want to build their own NAS?

Analog & Power

Maker Pro: Supercapacitors Demystified, Part 2: Hands-On Experimentation - Blog

October 01, 2019

In this article, I?ll go over a sort of ?hello world? experiment for using supercapacitors to light up an LED for 30 minutes or so.

Analog & Power

For the Professional Maker: Supercapacitors Demystified, Part 1 - Blog

August 28, 2019

Supercapacitors can store a lot more electrical energy than normal capacitors, but there are a few important differences, however, that might make them a little less fearsome for your next project.

Consumer

For the Professional Maker: ClearCrawler Moves with the Help of Capacitors and nRF24L01+ Control - Blog

August 05, 2019

After considering the beauty and unreliability of the Clearwalker, along with the rather basic but reliable design of the StrandMaus, I decided to combine the two into the ?ClearCrawler.?

Processing

For the Professional Maker: Getting Started with the RF-Nano Arduino/NRF24L01+ Combo - Blog

June 11, 2019

This board combines the NRF24L01+ wireless transceiver with the familiar form factor and programming paradigm of the Arduino Nano.

IoT

Cypress Semiconductor CYW20819 and CYBT-213043-MESH Bluetooth Mesh Networking Evaluation Kits - Product

May 15, 2019

A technology that?s become ubiquitous over its 20 years of existence is Bluetooth. This mesh technology is specified to support up to a staggering 32,000 nodes per network.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: STM Nucleo-68 Wireless Dev Board and USB Dongle Pack - Blog

May 01, 2019

If you need to develop an IoT application, a logical starting point is to obtain a dev board with wireless capabilities.

Processing

For the Professional Maker: How to Program the Cheap and Compact Arduino Pro Mini - Blog

April 23, 2019

For a low-cost option that is small enough to be embedded in a project, then the Arduino Pro Mini ATmega328 board can be a great choice.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: Get Started with PsoC 6 Using the CY8CPROTO-062-4343W Kit - Blog

March 29, 2019

The CY8CPROTO-062-4343W PSoC 6 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth prototyping kit from Cypress Semiconductor has a different take on things.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: Make Quick Work of Prototypes with a Standard Arduino Nano Starting Point - Blog

March 21, 2019

After completing a recent build, I realized that I actually had come up with a tiny embeddable Arduino Nano package that I?ve used in several versions for very rapid prototyping.

Processing

For the Professional Maker: Custom Rotary Input Device Revamped for 2019 - Blog

March 12, 2019

I'd had my eyes open for components to use in the new design, and when Mellbell gave me one of their tiny HID-capable PICO boards, using it on a new custom controller came to mind almost immediately.

Processing

For the Professional Maker: Cora Z7 Zynq-7000 FPGA Evaluation Board - Press Release

March 04, 2019

When set up correctly, these devices can produce precisely targeted computational power when needed, while still maintaining a low power budget.

Processing

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.

Industrial

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.

IoT

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.

Processing

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.

Consumer

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.

Consumer

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.

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