A friend of mine got wedded recently and wanted his wedding party to have a setup with a big pushbutton that people could bash in order to take a picture of themselves. He asked me if I could design something bombproof that would survive the usual wedding party shenanigans.
A few months back Texas Instruments unveiled their latest temperature sensor, the TMP006. The cool thing about it is that it’s a contactless IR sensor, meaning it can be used to measure the temperature of a location without physically touching it. Of course I wanted to find out how well this worked.
I recently had to program quite a few microcontrollers and got annoyed at one hand having to both hold the PCB and use the keyboard to program a chip. Therefore, I decided to upgrade my programming pen, so that I could trigger programming with its build-in pushbutton. The solution I came up with was to add a tiny USB keyboard circuit to the pen’s interface.