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NEW PRODUCT - HMC5883L Triple Axis Compass Magnetometer Sensor Module

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"Where am I? And in which direction am I heading?" All these questions and more can be answered with our new HMC5883L Triple Axis Compass Magnetometer Sensor Module that's perfect for sensing magentic fields or making an electronic compass with your Arduino, Raspberry Pi and more:

HMC5883L Triple Axis Compass Magnetometer Sensor Module from Tronixlabs Australia

This module uses the Honeywell HMC5883L, an inexpensive and easy-to-use digital magnetometer - and works on both 3.3V or 5V systems. Getting started is easy and you can be sensing in less than five minutes. Inline header pins are also supplied but not soldered to the board.

We also have a quick-start guide for Arduino and plenty of stock - so order now for only $7 including GST per module... and as always - we'll ship your entire order anywhere in Australia for $5. Finally, to keep up with news, specials and more from Tronixlabs, please follow us on facebook, Google+ or twitter.

Make a pair of speakers with inbuilt VU meters

Often found in audio equipment from the late 20th century, VU meters have become somewhat passé thanks to the rise of digital audio and portable music devices. However to some, VU meters still look awesome and that's why we love these speakers by Mayur Singh. The enclosures have been 3D printed, and inside is the speaker itself , [...]

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Build a Tumblr Photo Booth with a Raspberry Pi

Having a photo booth at your event, party or just for fun is an enjoyable way to remember the action, people and hijinks that can often occur - and a connected versions allows for real-time updates for those who can't be there in person. With this in mind, Chris Evans has documented his Raspberry Pi-controlled photo booth [...]

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Build your own Rocktopus - the twitter-searching Octopus

If you're always interested in a certain topic being mentioned on twitter, or like to know when you or your organisation is being mentioned - then you can make a device to give you an alert when being mentioned.  An interesting example of this was made by Kirby G whose "Rocktopus" will let you know of each [...]

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LEARN - Extend Raspberry Pi GPIO with 74HC595 and an Explorer HAT

When working with a Raspberry Pi you can never have too many extra digital output pins, and one method of achieving this is to use 74HC595 shift register ICs. And thanks to a tutorial by Sandy Macdonald you can easily accomplish this combined with a Pimoroni Explorer HAT. Sandy runs us through the hardware and software required, along with [...]

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PROJECT - Taking Luminosity Sensor Samples using a Raspberry Pi and Windows IoT Core

Now that Microsoft have jumped onto the Raspberry Pi bandwagon, we're starting to see projects using their Windows 10 IoT Core operating system which runs nicely on the latest Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. One example of this has been published by Krishnaraj Varma who shows us how to use a TSL2561 Digital Luminosity/Lux/Light sensor. Krishnaraj has ported an existing [...]

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Take your electronic projects from the breadboard to PCB with Chris Gammell and KiCad

If you've been experimenting with electronic circuits, putting your designs down on a solderless breadboard or further on to some prototyping board - there will be a time when you need to make your own PCB. Doing so can be not only quite daunting but also possibly expensive if you make the wrong software choice.  However [...]

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Build the KIM Uno - a DIY clone of the vintage KIM-1 microcomputer

We live in a world of highly complex electronic devices that make our lives a lot simpler, by hiding the way that they are programmed or controlled. Of course this is great, however for the more technical among us it doe insulate us from how things really work.  To get back to the roots of our [...]

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Tutorial - Using SD card Breakout Boards with Arduino

Saving data from your Arduino-based project to a memory card is simple and a great way to log any data for analysis later on. Doing so is easy thanks to the SD card and microSD card breakout boards we have here at Tronixlabs Australia: Please note: Memory cards are shown for size comparison and not included with [...]

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Tutorial - Using HC06 Bluetooth to Serial Wireless UART Adaptors with Arduino

Sending data between an Arduino or compatible board and a Bluetooth-equipped device such as an Android smartphone or tablet is very easy thanks to the inexpensive  HC06 Bluetooth module we have in stock at Tronixlabs Australia: This tutorial will explain how to setup communications between an Arduino and a Bluetooth device running serial terminal software - in [...]

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