By Richard Moss @ gizmag.com
Researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) have developed a new image sensor that mimics the way we see color by integrating light amplifiers and color filters directly onto the pixels. The new design enables smaller, less complex, and more organic designs for CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors and other photodetectors used in cameras.
Conventional image sensors work by first converting light into electrical signals, then combining that information with the red, green, and blue color data determined by separate filters (or, especially in low-end cameras, a single filter array that uses a mosaic pattern to interpret colors). But this approach adds bulk to the sensor, and the filters gradually degrade under exposure to sunlight.
Nature inspires color-sensitive, CMOS-compatible photodetector - [Link]
Infrared remote control for home appliances is a popular project among hobbyists and students. Smart Outlet is a similar project that provides an infrared controlled AC outlet to connect any electric appliance and has an integrated timer in it. The appliance can be turned on and off from several feet away using an IR remote. The device is Arduino-controlled and has a LCD display to provide a menu based interface to the user for its operation and settings.
Infra-red controlled smart AC outlet - [Link]
Matt Mets of Blinkinlabs shared a tutorial on making solder paste stencils quickly by hand:
This is a truly quick and dirty method for making solder masks, and is nice because it only requires a few hand tools. It’s great for situations when you want to test a new design or make a single, small run of boards, but don’t want to waste time and money on a professional stencil.
Dirty DIY stencils - [Link]
Triac based Indecent lamp dimmer is a simple circuit and it doesn’t requires additional power supply, works directly with 110V AC or 230V AC. It is a low cost dimmer circuit for adjusting the light brightness of incandescent, Halogen Lamp, Light Bulb load up to 250 W.
Triac based lamp dimmer - [Link]
The LT®8310 is a resonant-reset forward converter controller that drives an external low side N-channel MOSFET from an internally regulated 10V supply. The LT8310 features duty mode control to generate a stable, regulated, isolated output using a single power transformer. With the addition of output voltage feedback, via opto-coupler (isolated) or directly wired (nonisolated), current mode regulation is activated, improving output accuracy and load response. A choice of transformer turns ratio makes high step-down or step-up ratios possible without operating at duty cycle extremes.
100 V Forward Voltage Controller - [Link]
A Geiger counter, also called a Geiger-Muller (GM) counter, is a type of particle detector that measures ionizing radiation. It detects the emission of nuclear radiation: alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays by the ionization produced in a low-pressure gas in a Geiger-Muller (GM) tube, which gives its name to the instrument.
A High Voltage generator (U1, U2, Q1, T1, and associated components) powers a GM tube. A pulse from the GM tube is interfaced through Q2 and U1 to pulse-generator U3, which drives a speaker.
Geiger Counter - [Link]
Just wanting to share one of my latest projects, made possible by DirtyPCBs. I got a lot of good boards (actually 2 designs) and saved 25$ using this service. Very nice.
It’s a simple thing, just a micro (ATmega168) + a bunch of WS2812B LEDs. Main purpose: more colours
It’s meant to fit nicely into IKEA Samtid lamps, runs with 5V DC and takes up to 2.75A. The control module is removable, so one doesn’t have to rip the lamp apart every time you change code. I used microMaTch connectors, as they’re somewhat low profile, at least compared to standard headers, and provide quite good mechanical support.
IKEA Samtid mood-light upgrade - [Link]
This project is a message recording board capable of recording 120 secs of audio. This project is designed around ISD25120 which can store 120 Seconds audio. Recording and playback operations are controlled with tact switches. The kit has an onboard microphone and LED to indicate the functions of Play and Recording. IC has a re recordable non-volatile memory which means that the message will be stored even after the units are turned off and even when it is turned on again.
120 Seconds Voice Record – Play Back - [Link]
Cambridge Sensors Ltd have announced the appointment of the ASE group to assemble and test there latest tiny (currently the world’s smallest) gas sensor. The 2.0mm x 3.0mm cavity DFN package developed together with ASE enables the integration of gas sensors into devices such as smartphones, tablets and wearable devices where it has previously not been physically possible.
The CCS800 product family of ultra-low power miniature gas sensors can be used for detecting Ethanol (Alcohol) and hazardous gases such as Carbon Monoxide (CO) and a wide range of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) including Formaldehyde. According to Fuyu Shih the vice president of ASE Europe: “The Global emergence of sophisticated electronics geared towards improving lifestyle and efficiency is fuelling the sensor market, making it one of the fastest growing areas of innovation within the semiconductor industry”.
Smartphone Nose - [Link]
This project has been designed around Texas Instruments LM2623 IC, The LM2623 is a high efficiency, general purpose step-up DC-DC switching regulator for battery powered and low input voltage systems. It accepts an input voltage between 2.4V to 12V volts and coverts it into 5V DC. Efficiencies up to 90% are achievable with the LM2623.
2.4V to 5V Step Up DC-DC Converter - [Link]