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30 Dec 2013


Invensense MPU6050 is an integrated gyroscope and accelerometer with 16-bit readings. It contains 2 dies, soldered face-to-face in multiple places (that’s what was causing us troubles last time!).

On the overview photo you can see how not-flat they are. On a bigger die MEMS part is 28µm above surface, on smaller die – 100 µm above. Also, there is logic right under MEMS on the bigger die.

Invensense MPU6050 6-axis MEMS IMU die-shot - [Link]

18 Dec 2013


ricardouvina @ instructables.com writes:

Hello guys! In this instructable I’ll teach you how to make a very simple proximity sensor using infrared LEDs and Arduino.

Simple IR proximity sensor with Arduino - [Link]

14 Dec 2013


STMicroelectronics have announced the LSM6DB0, the latest addition to its iNEMO family.

It packs a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyro and low energy ARM-based Cortex processor in a tiny 3 x 3 mm package.

This chip is designed to interface with baseband chipsets that don’t have a sensor co-processor. Additional external sensors can also be hooked up via its I2C interface, allowing the on-board processor to take care of all sensor-related functions to help minimize application latency at a system level. The device is fully compatible with all of the latest mobile operating systems including Android Kit-Kat 4.4. The sensor’s performance is the result of true 6-axis sensing, where both the 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope are manufactured on the same chip. They operate synchronously at the same output data rate,combinig correlated, true six-degree-of-freedom motion and not just separate acceleration and angular-rate inputs. [via]

A 6-axis Inertial Motion Sensing Device - [Link]

7 Dec 2013


Raj @ embedded-lab.com writes:

A couple weeks ago I received some sample products from Dorji Applied Technologies, a china-based company that make varieties of RF and sensor modules. One of the products I received was their latest DSTH01 sensor module that carries Silicon Labs’ Si7005 digital relative humidity and temperature sensor on board. Things I liked about it are it is inexpensive (available on Tindie for only $6), compact, and most importantly it supports I2C host interface for communication.

Reviewing Dorji’s DSTH01 digital temperature and humidity sensor module - [Link]

3 Dec 2013


Calibrated differential pressure sensors will find usage in industry and also in every smart home.

Ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), or any other applications, where a pressure or a flow of air (gas) is essential, can be precisely regulated only if we know a real pressure/ flow conditions. Monitoring of fans functionality, status of filters, …, even for this purpose are very suitable differential pressure sensors from Swiss company Sensirion with an excellent accuracy and long-term stability.

As SDP sensors are differential, they have 2 nozzles. The base of these sensors is a miniature heating element and two temperature sensors. Difference of pressures will cause a small air flow through a component and it will cause a temperature difference in these built-in sensors. Temperature difference is directly depending on the amount (weight) of air flowing through a sensor and it naturally depends just on a pressure difference. A great advantage against membrane pressure sensors is a long-term high accuracy even at measuring of small pressure and maintaining of accuracy of a “zero point”.


As an air specific weight depends on temperature, measurement based only on a temperature difference of two internal sensors wouldn´t be accurate. That´s why SDP sensors have a built-in temperature compensation and linearization, thus an output of a sensor is directly a value usable for further processing. Resolution of sensors is very high and is user selectable in a range of 9-16 bits. Resulting binary value read-out through I2C interface can be divided by a constant shown in a tab. 2.1 on page 3 of the SDP6xxv1.7 datasheet and we´ll get a resulting value in desired units (Pa, bar, inch).


Universal and price-attractive series is the SDP600 (6xx) series, in which we´ll find types optimized for measurement of pressure (SDP 600/610), mass flow (SDP601/611) and types with a minimal power consumption suitable even for battery-operated devices (SDP606/616). All these types are able to measure “bidirectionally” i.e. positive and even negative values. For applications, where we know, that a pressure difference will be always positive (flow by only one direction), it´s possible to use more price-affordable types SDP 500/510 (in fact even these types measure bidirectionally, but their accuracy is not guaranteed in this range). For the most of applications no additional compensation is necessary, only it can be necessary to multiply a resulting value by a constant for an altitude compensation shown in a table 5.4 on page 6 in the datasheet.

How can be this small sensor used to measure flow of a big amount of air?

Relatively simply. All that is necessary is to make a small orifice in a pipe and this way to create a “resistance” as described in the SDPxxx_Bypass_Configuration application note. In an electronics analogy the differential pressure measurement is similar to measurement of voltage on a resistor, which depends on a current flowing through a resistor. SDP sensors can be used even for measurement of a pressure difference in a given pipe against a surrounding environment, in such a way, that one nozzle of sensor will be left “unconnected”. Naturally, such a configuration can only be used if a small leakage of a measured “gas” (air) is acceptable.

Sensirion SDP sensors measure pressure but even a flow - [Link]

1 Oct 2013

FV7XSLYHLZRHAJF.LARGEMohannad Rawashdeh @ instructables.com writes:

BH1750FVI Is a Digital Light sensor , which is an digital Ambient Light Sensor IC for I2C bus interface. This IC is the most suitable to obtain the ambient light data for adjusting LCD and Keypad backlight power of Mobile phone. It is possible to detect wide range at High resolution.( 1 – 65535 lx ).

BH1750 Digital Light Sensor - [Link]

1 Oct 2013


cbrittain1 @ instructables.com writes:

I’ve been working on re-making the the Open Hardware Pulse Sensor so it’d be “easy” to send off to OSHPark and make at home. I’m not sure but I think I started this project in March (2013) and I’ve just now finished it.

Homemade Arduino Friendly Pulse Sensor - [Link]

10 Sep 2013

Nix is a breakthrough smartphone accessory. Just scan an object and instantly view the color on your iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac.

Nix is a patent pending device that allows anyone to become a color expert. Just grab Nix from your pocket, purse, or bag, touch it to an object and magically watch the exact color appear on your iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac. Once scanned, you can keep palettes of your favorite colors, match the color to real life pigments, and even receive directions to the nearest store where you can purchase the color.

Nix Color Sensor - [Link]

6 Sep 2013


Humidity can be measured by various sensors, but sensors SHT from company Sensirion add many benefits moreover.

To be exact, a word „sensors“ is not a suitable expression in this case. As SHT series sensors contain on one chip humidity and temperature sensor, precise supply, low noise linear amplifier, AD converter and a serial interface, they represent a ready-made “device”. Moreover, they´re calibrated, thus to get an exact value it´s only necessary to read out data through a serial interface. In case of SHT2x series, it´s a standard, easy-to-implement I2C interface.
Sensirion sensors SHT2x series was more in detail introduced to you in our article  „New sensors Sensirion will take you only 3x3mm on PCB!”, that´s why we´d like to bring you mainly few tips for simplification of development now.

Area of relative humidity and physics of water vapors is quite ample and into its introduction will initiate you the document Introduction_to_Relative_Humidity. Don´t be scared of many quotations, which you´ll find there – fortunately in common praxis we usually manage it with values of relative humidity and a dew point, which can be found together with code examples in  Humidity_at_a_Glance.
As humidity sensors are very often used in residential places for regulation of heating and ventilation, also useful can be information about influence of humidity on a thermal comfort. For a practical usage of sensors it´s also important their placement on a PCB and a good access of air, what is in detail described in the document  Sensirion_Humidity_Design_Guide. SHT2x are intended for 3VDC power supply, that´s why when using in 5V applications, you can face a problem of different voltage levels. This can be easily solved for example by a circuit described in the document SHT2x_5V_Supply_Embedding.
The program itself doesn´t need to be developed “from zero”. Examples can be found in the document  SHT21_Sample_Code and  SHT2x_Electronic_Identification_Code. Detailed information about testing and specification of SHT sensors can also be found in documents  Sensirion_Humidity_Sensor_Specification_Statement and Sensirion_Humidity_Testing_Guide.

For further information about  Sensirion products please contact us at  info@soselectronic.com.

SHT25 – humidity and temperature precisely in every season – [Link]

2 Sep 2013


A hardware kit with multiple sensor breakout boards that no hardware engineer should be without.

With this campaign we wanted to bring you a useful set of different sensor breakout boards as well as a few interface boards at a very reasonable cost. This 103 x 67 mm fully assembled board brings you 6 different sensors and 3 different interface modules that are easily separated from each other.

The development of this kit was triggered one day when I needed to have a breakout board for an electronic barometer. As it turned out I needed a few other small boards to make everything interface the way I wanted it to. I was slightly shocked when the sum of the modules ended up over $200 and that was before shipping was added. Anyway this episode started me thinking about making a small kit with useful breakout modules priced so that you can afford to buy them all without feeling robbed.

Electronic Sensors Breakout Kit - [Link]





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