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MAKERphone - an educational DIY mobile phone

MAKERphone parts
  1. MAKERphone circuit board
  2. MAKERphone casing
  3. 128*160 full color TFT LCD
  4. GSM module
  5. Main microcomputer module - a dual core processor with built-in Wi-Fi, BLE, and a charging circuit
  6. Sound module
  7. Amplifier module
  8. Stick-on antenna
  9. 9) A bag with other tiny electronic components and a 128MB SD card preloaded with games and apps
If I have a bit more time, I'd be all over this. You get all the parts to build a mobile phone and there will be plenty of resources to help you code games and apps. There's even a tools kit which gives you everything you need to be able to put it together and get it working, if you don't have them already. I suck at soldering, so I'd want more practice before embarking on a project like this. Really need to finish of that Konstructor kit I was given ages ago...

Posted 11th Oct 2018 @ 09:30

Strator self-balancing electrike bike

Ben Dahl:

Power comes from a rear wheel direct drive 3-phase brushless DC motor with a max power of 1,000W, which gives it a top speed of 25 mph and a range of 20 miles

I thought the scooter looked pretty cool anyway, but didn't realise how enormous it was:

strator electric bike

Posted 10th Oct 2018 @ 21:44

Fall is in the air: Images of the season

I posted a photo of a tree with yellow leaves on Instagram yesterday complaining about the end of summer, but the colours autumn brings to the world are some of my favourites, as captured brilliantly by the photos in this article.

Posted 10th Oct 2018 @ 18:44

Google Pixel 3 Impressions!

Just a month ago I was covering the 2018 Apple iPhone event but I've never had quite the same enthusiasm for products offered by Microsoft, Samsung or Google.

Microsoft unveiled new hardware this month and Google just officially announced the Pixel 3 which had been leaked. The Pixel 3 looks great, but it's taller brother, the Pixel 3 XL has a chin and deep notch. Not really for me, but two of the other products really spoke to me.

The Pixel Stand looks great and offers an assistant mode when a Pixel 3 is docked. Now the Google Home Hub is the one that really appealed. I already have a Google Home Mini (unplugged at the moment) which is fun and fairly useful but with a 7" screen I can see it really excelling somewhere like the kitchen where it can provide help with recipes and timers or distractions for those with a short attention span.

A Pixel 3 exclusive feature is Screen call, which transcribes the conversation in real time allowing you to decide whether you pick up or not. This looks like it might be what the assistant they provided a real demo of last year has evolved into and it looks really powerful. This is a feature I'd love to see come to iOS.

Posted 10th Oct 2018 @ 09:44

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