Navigating a New City? No Problem!

It can be difficult to navigate around a new city, especially when the local language is not your own. Since we landed in Bangkok a week ago I've found a few tricks you can use with Google services to make this process a lot easier. We prefer using the local…

Another Relocation

It's been in the works for a few months but the Lab has now begun the process of relocating again. The last time I moved was in 2014 and that was pretty simple - from one side of the city to the other. This time it's a more major change,…

Revisiting the TGL-6502

My TGL-6502 project still gets a few hits - I haven’t had a chance to do any work on it for a long time but I recently read over some older design notes I made about a possible redesign. It seemed worthwhile to post them here and possibly get…

Getting Stuff Done is Hard

I came across an interesting article in my feed this morning that resonated quite strongly, and not in a good way - If you don’t finish your work then you’re just busy, not productive. Turns out I've been incredibly busy. I've recently taken a new position that involves…

From Slack to Spaces

This post is part announcement and part analysis; the announcement first - The Garage Lab now has its own Google Space. The goal is to have a place to share works in progress, interesting projects from around the internet and a way to float ideas or pose questions. Most of…

Practical (3D) Printing

Although it is getting better a lot of articles about 3D printers and 3D printing concentrate on the tchotchke factory aspect or the high end metal printers and ignore the simple, utilitarian uses that are a much better example of the impact of this technology. The charging cradle for my…

GreenPak Programmable Matrix

I had a batch of PCBs arrive yesterday which included the boards for my ESP8266 based sensor system so I should be able to do a followup post on that project in the near future. This batch also included my breakout boards for GreenPak 3 mixed signal programmable logic chips.…

ESP8266 Network Configuration

One of the more challenging issues with wireless sensor nodes is performing the initial configuration required to get them to connect to your wireless network in the first place (in this case I am talking about 802.11 a/b/g/n based WiFi networks). To connect to a WiFi…