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pyVirtualBench - Controlling Five Instruments from a Single Python Application

Techshop VirtualBench

Ever wanted to control five instruments from a single python script? pyVirtualBench is a python library that gives to raw access to some pretty powerful engineering tools, all in a single application.

If you’ve walked into a TechShop, you’ve noticed that their electronics labs are outfitted with an interesting instrument at every...

Armstrap Eagle Pinout Cards Arrived

Armstrap Eagle Pinout Card

One user gave us feedback that we should consider including an Armstrap Eagle pinout diagram card in the shipment box. You asked, we delivered. Effective immediately (until supplies last), all Armstrap Eagle shipments will include a small card that outlines the board’s pinout. It’s just another way we are improving...

Surviving Slashdot and Hacker News

We were recently featured on the front of Slashdot and then got picked up by Hacker News.

Armstrap on Slashdot

Despite the barrage of hits that came to the site, never suffered an outage. This is in part thanks to our site being hosted on Github via Github Pages.

Thank you...


Armstrap will be at SXSW Create!

SXSW Create

Dates: March 13–15, 2015

Hours: 11:00am–6:00pm

Location: City Terrace of the Long Center (701 W. Riverside)

This event is FREE and Open to the Public

If you are in the Austin area, be sure to stop by our SXSW booth. We plan on demoing...

Fast and Furious Upgrades

We’ve been busy upgrading…pretty much everything.

Fast and Furious Upgrades

The site is composed of two sections: a blog section and a community section. Both sections have been upgraded and are now insanely fast and much more scalable.

  • The blog section used to be an Amazon EC2 Linux VM with 512MB of...

Why One Community Member Switched from Arduino to the Armstrap Eagle

Hoss Development Setup

“I came over to Armstrap from Arduino because I was growing increasingly frustrated with the IDE and toolchain. Don’t get me wrong, I love Arduino and how it’s enabling beginners to really get their hands dirty in electronics and programming without needing to know the ins and outs of using a...

The Importance of Easy Manufacturing

What experts predicted has finally happened. People are using the BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi for more than just prototyping. They are using them as critical pieces to their deployed solution.

There’s just one problem. These tiny all-in-one mini computers were never designed to be deployed in an end-product.

BeagleBone Black Assembly


It Works on a MAC

armstrap on a mac

Quarter by quarter, news outlets are reporting that PC sales are either flat or plummeting. HP just announced another layoff in an on-going effort to restructure and reinvent themselves. Dell went as far as to convert themselves to a private company. Since we are not in an economic...

Documentation Facelift

Guy in Subway Reading

I think that for any open-hardware community to thrive, that community has to have insanely-great documentation. Great documentation is not just in the form of web pages on a screen, but also PDF and ePub documentation that you can take on-the-go. Documentation teaches others how to use your product and learning...