Pi 4 with partial USB Type-C fixes

Reports are coming in that a fixed version of the raspberry pi 4 in the 4GB version has started to come through via distributors and this has been confirmed by the raspberry pi foundation. While some people have encountered this version as far back as november they are now becoming more comonplace. The new version… Read More »

The tech behind the scenes of an autonomous robotics competition

Over the last few years I have been volunteering at a couple of autonomous robotics competitions for sixthform students. One called student robotics which runs over six months and a one week spinoff summer school called sourcebots. In these events the student teams design and build a fully autonomous robot to compete in a game,… Read More »

Making PCB end panels for enclosures

When making custom electronics, producing a quality enclosure for the boards can make any project look more professional. There are a large range of enclosures which use end panels, such as the Hammond 1593 series, which can be replaced by custom panels fabricated using standard PCB production techniques.  The result is a good looking enclosure… Read More »

Using USB Type-C on hobyist projects

The new Type-C USB connector is the latest addition to the USB connector standards. It offers reversible plugs, direction independent cables, USB3.1 speeds, and 3A charging in a connector only a little bigger than the USB 2.0 MicroB connector. In order to add these capabilities the plugs and connectors have additional configuration pins to allow… Read More »