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9 Nov 2014

Josh Levine writes:

It can be nice to know how much battery power you have. It becomes critically important with LiPo batteries since you can permanently damage them by running the voltage down too low. Typically battery voltage detection requires adding a circuit with extra parts and their associated power requirements. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do this using nothing but software? Read on for a no parts, no pins, no power solution…


Battery fuel gauge with zero parts and zero pins on AVR - [Link]

8 Nov 2014


Find out the WunderBar – the OpenSensor Cloud Platform enabling to easily develop applications for the physical world.

The WunderBar IoT (Internet of Things) Starter Kit from company relayr mimics the appearance of a chocolate bar with a WiFi enabled master module, plus six detachable smart sensor mini-modules.

The WunderBar Internet of Things WiFi & Bluetooth Sensor Starter Kit is a quick start development tool for software application developers unfamiliar with complex wireless hardware designing, and a complete open-source wireless hardware reference design. WunderBar provides to hardware design engineers an out-of-the-box development tool that helps users get started quickly building, inventing, developing, and experimenting with Internet of Things senor based designs using WiFi and BLE senor applications.

Made of seven modules, the WunderBar main module is fitted with an ARM Cortex ‘M’ micro -processor, which connects to the internet through the WiFi unit. Bluetooth Low energy is used to communicate with the other modules. All of the activity that happens around the WunderBar is sent to the WunderBar platform, where you can easily access and work with the signals.

Break, place and program

It works right out of the box. It is energy efficient, fast, secure and designed for developers, makers and manufacturers.
WunderBar has six powerful smart modules, each equipped with its own Bluetooth Low Energy (Beacon) processors and battery that can power the units for up to a year. Light / Color / Proximity, Gyroscope / Accelerometer, Thermometer / Humidity, IR Transmitter (remote control), A connector to the easy Grove System of Sensors and Actuators that are all Arduino compatible and a Noise/Sound sensor. The Starter Kit has available for download various software development kits (SDKs) for iOS, Android and Node.js. including test Apps which can be downloaded from relayr.io. Libraries for node.js, python and more will be supported soon.

WunderBar is the easiest way to create innovative and useful apps to connect smart devices without needing to learn about hardware. App developers can quickly access data from the physical world with WunderBar’s easy-to-use SDKs for iOS, Android and Node.js or with our simple REST API.
Because the WunderBar is still a dev kit, with a little bit of knowledge, and the exposed GPIO pads, you can make almost anything you want smarter. More info at: www.relayr.io/wunderbar The WunderBar will soon be our standard stock item.

WunderBar brings things to life and to internet - [Link]

5 Nov 2014


by dimitech.com:

Microkite is a DTX module built to utilise the great potential of the new PIC32MX1xx/2xx microcontrollers. It integrates a power supply able to provide power to the external user circuit as well, a microSD connector for data storage and a USB-UART bridge for easy communication with a PC terminal.

The module is intended for inclusion in various control systems and follows the DTX standard pinout which opens the possibility for a trouble-free upgrade with newer models in future. The module fits into a standard PLCC-68 socket and significantly optimises the end user circuit and the later software development process.

Microkite DTX module - [Link]

4 Nov 2014


Use a $4 microcontroller to launch web pages with the push of a button over serial I/O.. by Elliot Williams @ makezine.com:

A microcontroller is a self-contained, but very limited computer — halfway between a computer and a component.

The top reasons to integrate a microcontroller into your projects are connectivity and interactivity, and one easy way to get your microcontroller talking with the outside world is standard asynchronous serial I/O. Many devices can communicate this way, from wi-fi routers to GPS units to your desktop or laptop computer. Getting comfortable with serial I/O makes debugging your AVR programs much easier because the AVR can finally talk to you, opening up a huge opportunity for awesome.

Beyond the Arduino IDE: AVR USART Serial - [Link]

4 Nov 2014


8 Channel Relay Board is a simple and convenient way to interface 8 relays for switching application in your project. Input voltage level support TTL as well as CMOS. Easy interface with Microcontrollers based projects and analog circuits.

8 Channel Relay Board - [Link]

3 Nov 2014


by fobit.blogspot.com:

Hey all, this is my first post on this blog, so I’d like to say hello! I’m Ian M, a high school student who likes breaking(/fixing(/breaking again)) electronic stuff. I was just sitting around, and I wanted to see how cheap I could make a usb avr isp programmer. I based the design off of http://www.simpleavr.com/avr/vusbtiny, which is based off of the original UsbTinyIsp. For the firmware, I just took their firmware and re-compiled it. The source is available at http://www.simpleavr.com/avr/vusbtiny/vusbtiny.tgz?attredirects=0. Their post uses 3 resistors, 2 diodes, 1 capacitor, and an MCU. I thought I could do better. Turns out you don’t need two of the resistors, or the diode. My schematics are released into the public domain, and the original code stays under its original licence (which I don’t exactly know what it is, but I bet it’s in the readme).

Tiny, Tiny, AVR Programmer - [Link]

31 Oct 2014


by Jeff Murchison @ murchlabs.com:

I finally finished the next version of my TinyLoadr AVR programming Shield – and it’s not a shield. It’s a standalone USB programmer, so you no longer have to have an extra Arduino laying around. The best part? It’s the same price as the shield was!


TinyLoadr AVR Programmer - [Link]

28 Oct 2014


by Benabadji Noureddine @ edn.com:

Several previously published Design Ideas and appnotes [1-4] show how to use many pushbuttons with a minimum number of inputs. They require an RC circuit where the timing can be measured to identify which pushbutton has been pressed, or an ADC input, with resistors forming a divider for each pushbutton pressed.

The following Design Idea shows another simple way to use up to 15 pushbuttons with only one I/O. The microcontroller chosen must contain an internal comparator with selectable values for the internal voltage reference VREF.

Monitor 15 contacts with one PIC input - [Link]

24 Oct 2014


by staringlizard.com:

This project was made in the memory of my old computer that I played around with as a young boy. I have a lot to thank this machine for, among other things it made me understand what I wanted to do with my life. So in this project I created software and hardware to make it possible to play those wonderful games yet again.

Hardware is really fun! I enjoy doing PCB designs for projects like these. This is why I decided to create a board for this project to see if I could produce something that would suffice to run the emulation good enough. The SID chip was the crown jewel for this board, no doubt about it :)

The pich for the HW chip was sometimes below 0.5 which made soldering a bitch to be honest. But with some patience, sweat and alot of flux it was indeed possible.

Memwa – a C64 Emulated on a STM32 - [Link]

17 Oct 2014


Baoshi of DigitalMe wrote an article detailing his minimalism ATTiny2313 development board build:

The AVR chip I’m talking about is Atmel ATTiny2313, in SOIC-20 package. To make the development board, I bought some 28 pin SOIC/SSOP to DIP adapters. These adaptors usually come in double sided design. Corresponding pins on both sides are connected via the plated through holes at edges.
I made a 2×3 AVR programming header by pulling off pins (longer ones) from a double-row right angle pin header and reinsert them into the plastic base. A needle nose pliers is very handy for this purpose.


Minimalism AVR development board - [Link]





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