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: I?C for Arduino joystick control - Other

November 02, 2017

Instead of buttons, potentiometers, and the like being fed directly into your microprocessor, you can take care of this with a few wires, and the near-ubiquitous I?C protocol.


For the Professional Maker: Making a WiFi jack-o-lantern with the WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266 - Other

October 25, 2017

As my first foray into a ?useful? ESP8266 device, I decided to make a pumpkin that can be controlled via a smart device on my local network.


For the Professional Maker: Control devices and communicate with the I?C bus specification - Other

October 04, 2017

One of the most popular protocols for facilitating integrated circuit communication is I2C. Since October 2006, no licensing fees are needed for implementation of the protocol.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: Raspberry Pi smart home solutions - Other

September 21, 2017

You can build up your own smart home to your exact specifications for a very reasonable price by using various flavors of Raspberry Pi, available for as little as five dollars.

Open Source

For the Professional Maker: MakerPro: Custom computer volume control knob and mute button - Blog

August 04, 2017

MakerPro: I found that I had hotkeys on my keyboard that worked for mute and volume control functions, but the ergonomics are lacking.


For the Professional Maker: The Adafruit Trinket: A Tiny Dev Board for When a Few I/O Pins is Enough - Blog

July 14, 2017

The board features an ATtiny85 microcontroller for processing, giving it 8K of flash memory and five available I/O pins.


Show off your robotic prowess with robot-sumo competitions - News

July 06, 2017

[Image by RoboCore Robot Sumo by Paulolenz via Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 3.0] In human competition, one could argue that there is no purer expression of sport than pitting one person directly...

Networking & 5G

Make a WeMos ESP8266 dev board blink via Wi-Fi - Blog

June 29, 2017

[WeMos D1 Mini back by Tpkull via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.] In my last article, I went over how I was able to program the WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266 development board via the Arduino IDE....


Getting started with the WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266 Dev Board - Blog

June 16, 2017

[D1 Mini front by Tpkull WeMos via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.] Since Arduino boards have become something of a de facto standard for maker and DIY projects, many other boards have adapted...


The ClearWalker comes to life via Arduino and Bluetooth control - Blog

June 09, 2017

[Photo from footage taken by PJ Accetturo] Several years ago, I was shown a device called the Strandbeest, a mechanical walking creature that moves via wind and mechanical power. At first I...

Open Source

Making the leap from Arduino to Raspberry Pi: Initial use experience - Other

May 24, 2017

As mentioned in my last article, I have a decent amount of experience with Arduino boards, and quite a bit more with industrial programmable logic con...

Open Source

Modify a servo for continuous rotation - Other

April 28, 2017

You've probably seen hobby-style servos are used in many DIY and MakerPro projects. Cheap, and accurate enough for many applications, they're used in...

Open Source

Go wireless with Bluetooth control - Other

April 20, 2017

If you've been experimenting with development boards like the Arduino Uno, turning on a light automatically can be useful, and there is a wide variety...


Arduino development boards: The Mega - Blog

April 07, 2017

In this series, I’ve gone over the Arduino Uno development board that seems to be the de facto MakerPro standard, as well as the Nano, which is great when you need very similar capabilities in a...

Open Source

Arduino development boards: The Nano - Other

March 02, 2017

As touched on in my first post on the Arduino Uno, Arduino development boards have in many ways revolutionized hobby, and now MakerPro electronics. No longer does one have to spend close to $100...


An Arduino Nano-powered GoPro voice control fixture - Other

February 09, 2017

Since I purchased a DSLR camera several years ago, I’ve been fascinated with taking good photos. This has paid off with (hopefully) better photos of my family and recreational pursuits, but has...

Open Source

MakerPros: Keep selling yourself - Other

February 03, 2017

You may have heard the phrase in sales, "always be closing," conveniently abbreviated "ABC." As a MakerPro, I don't think that phrase, though easily a...


Nixie tubes: Vintage tech for today - Other

January 19, 2017

Nixie tubes, if you haven’t heard of them, are display devices that look like vacuum tubes, but are actually filled with gas. When electricity is applied to one of the characters inside, it...

Open Source

Free MakerPro stuff: What's the real cost? - Other

January 13, 2017

Perhaps I should start this article off by talking about my "free" dog, Evie. My wife and I adopted her at no cost when she was few weeks old, and she...

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