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16 Well-Rated Battery Powered LED Strip Lights

There's some ultra-cool tech out there these days, and LED strip lights definitely fall into that bin. Kits the likes of which used to be hundreds of dollars are now easily affordable, allowing you to transform your living space no matter the budget. Whether you're looking to enhance your home or your car, the battery-powered [...]

Best Smart Bias Lighting For Home Automation Enthusiasts

It seems that bias lighting is all the rage these days for providing awesome ambiance and enhancing color and contrast for your television. For smart home enthusiasts and others who are working on upgrading their home with the latest and greatest, not just any old bias light will do. If you're like me, you'll want [...]

What’s The Difference Between Analog And Digital Sensors?

Sensors are the eyes and ears of your robot or Programmable Logic Controller. They allow your controller to determine the state of objects in and the environment around your automated operations. There are many differences between the wide variety of sensors on the market. You can buy sensors that are inductive, magnetic, photoelectric, or ultrasonic. [...]

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I wish this deal had been around when I was a student! Whatever your major, if you have a .edu email address and can verify your enrollment (if asked), you are eligible for six months of Amazon Prime Student membership for free. If you meet those criteria, keep reading below for more information. Or, click [...]

Gosund Smart Plug Review 2019 – Great Plug, Great Price

I recently had the opportunity to try out a 4-pack of the Gosund Smart Plugs available on Amazon - and I was not disappointed. In my Gosund Smart Plug Review below, I'll go over setup and performance of the Gosund Smart Plugs. I'm using Samsung SmartThings and Amazon Echo products for control of my smart [...]

Difference Between Robotics Technician And PLC Technician

If you're studying towards or considering a career in industrial automation, you may be wondering about the difference between "robotics" and "automation". Some other industrial automation words that sound suspiciously similar are "mechatronics", "controls", and "motion control". Many of these terms are synonymous, or at least describe greatly overlapping domains. With that said, there is [...]

Fupping’s 8 Gadgets You Can Get For $25 Or Less

Big thanks to Teagan Lion from Fupping.com who used my write-up for Shelly 1 in his recent article. Fupping is an online media site with content for electronics enthusiasts, teachers, mountain bikers, people who like to cook - you name it. Everything from 13 Gadgets To Fill A New Home to 20 Simple Tricks And [...]

Difference Between Inductive And Capacitive Proximity Sensors

Have you recently found yourself staring at two seemingly identical proximity switches? Have you wondered, what the heck is the difference between these two? Or maybe you're getting ready to buy some sensors. You want to make sure you pick up the right device for the right application. Below, we'll illustrate the differences between capacitive [...]

11 RSLogix 5000 Tips To Make You A Faster PLC Programmer

If you're a PLC programmer, you can surely think of someone on your team who is just fast. He or she knows all of the keyboard shortcuts, menus, and tricks. They're like the Mozart of ladder logic, hammering away at the keyboard, with new instructions flying onto the screen faster than you can follow. Part [...]

How To Extend LED Strip Lights By Cutting And Soldering

I recently purchased an inexpensive LED light strip off Amazon. I picked up a battery-powered kit with an integrated motion sensor (click here for my review of the product itself). My plan was to line the inside of the door frame on my new linen closet with the light strip. This way, I could have [...]

How To Backup And Restore A Fanuc R-30iB

Ah, the old backup game. What could be more fun than taking backups for a dozen, a hundred, or a thousand robots? If you're reading this, you probably know that there is something that's a lot less fun than managing backups: not having a backup when you need one. Reprogramming a production robot from scratch [...]

Aimengte Wireless LED Strip Light Review

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Types Of Proximity Sensors Used In Industrial Automation

When you write logic in a PLC that initiates motion, you want to be certain that the motion you are expecting actually occurs. This is where sensors come into play. Sensors provide indication to the PLC, robot, or other controller that some physical event has taken place. As examples, sensors may detect that a part [...]

Smart Home Roundup – 11 Opportunities To Learn More About Home Automation

The world of home automation is ever-changing. With a constantly evolving ecosystem of devices, hubs, sensors, and interfaces, changes are taking place daily. Whether you're just starting out in smart home automation, or whether you're doing custom device mods and setting up state machines in Node Red, there's something on this smart home roundup for [...]

Atomic Data Types in RSLogix 5000 – RSLogix 5000 Training

In this article, we'll discuss atomic data types in Rockwell Automation's RSLogix 5000. Atomic data types are the predefined data types that form the backbone of RSLogix 5000's memory structures. These data types are inherent to RSLogix 5000 and will be utilized by many of its native instructions. RSLogix 5000 supports the following IEC 61131-3 [...]

Can’t Get Your CT101 Iris Smart Thermostat To Pair With SmartThings?

If you've been reading this blog, you know by now that I'm an Iris survivor. After making my choice for home automation systems that I would use to replace Iris, I'm working on getting everything set up. (I chose the Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, btw). While most of my Iris devices were not compatible [...]

Could Not Send The Command To The Device – Shelly Cloud Edge Switch For Button Type

Having trouble setting your Shelly 1 to a Button Type of Edge Switch? If you're receiving either of these errors in the Shelly Cloud app: Could Not Send The Command To The DeviceFailed To Change Button State ... then hopefully I have some good news for you. There's a simple setting for you to check [...]

How To Inexpensively Convert Any Light Switch Into A Smart Switch

As I expand my home automation system, I find myself wanting to be able to turn my lights on and off remotely or via voice control. There are a million great products out there that would allow me to integrate my light switches, but I wanted to select something that will be scalable (read: affordable) [...]

The Smart Hub That Can Control Your 1st Generation Iris Devices

If Iris has been serving as your smart home security system, the Iris shutdown has probably put you in the market for a new smart home automation hub. For second- and third- generation Iris users, there are some good options out there to take over for Iris so that you can continue to use your [...]

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