Always handy small but versatile power supply for everyday work with low-power electronic projects
Presenting USBminiPower – the pocket power supply powered from a standard USB port on your computer.
The adjustable power supply is an absolutely vital piece of equipment for any electronics engineer or hobbyist. However in the vast majority of cases the needs presented towards a lab power supply are quite relaxed and usually within the low voltage range. With the modern component base the current consumption is usually also very low, and in a number of cases a large and fancy (and of course expensive) lab power supply could just be an overkill purchase for many users.
Pocket USB-powered power supply for the hobbyist – [Link]
by Naomi Price & Martin Rowe @ edn.com:
USB data-acquisition modules offer good value and ease of use, which makes them an attractive choice for manufacturing test. But before you use the modules in a manufacturing test system, you need to take steps to protect them. During manufacturing test of circuit boards or subassemblies, a defect in an assembly may result in a condition that damages a data-acquisition module.
The typical USB DIO (digital I/O) module uses a set of 8-bit bidirectional tristate ports. Figure 1 shows a typical circuit that we test with one of those ports. We use one digital output pin from the USB module to drive the circuit and one digital input pin to read the circuit’s response.
Protect USB measurement circuits – [Link]
microtherion has published new project the ChipHeadBang, that is available on Github:
Design for an USB to Serial converter with ICSP header for (slow) bitbang programming, based on the CH340G chip.
While this seems to work pretty well, and the CH340G can be obtained extremely cheaply from sources such as AliExpress, driver support can be a bit iffy. For current versions of OS X, the vendor provided driver will cause kernel panics, and as far as I know, only this commercial alternative will work
ChipHeadBang – design for an USB to Serial converter with ICSP header – [Link]
by Abhishek Gupta @ edn.com:
In the last 14 years, the Universal Serial Bus (USB) has become the standard interface to connect devices to a computer. Whether it’s an external hard drive, a camera, the mouse, a printer, or a scanner, the physical connection to transfer data between devices generally is a USB cable. The interface is indeed universal.
USB technology has been under development since 1993. The first official definition, USB 1.0, was introduced in 1996. It provides a Low-Speed transfer rate of 1.5 Mbits/s for sub-channel keyboards and mice, and a Full-Speed channel at 12 Mbits/s. USB 2.0, which came in 2001, made a leap to Hi-Speed transfer rates of up to 480 Mbits/s. In 2010, USB 3.0 finally hit the market.
USB 3.0 – Everything you need to know – [Link]
by simplicio @ instructables.com:
PUB! is a Programmable USB Button on which you can program a sequence of keystrokes. When you press the button those keystrokes are “replayed” over a USB connection.
The button (which is really a rotary encoder with a built-in push button switch) is programmed using an innovative and slightly quirky interface that does not require any custom software to be installed on your computer. All you need is a text editor like Notepad (for Windows) or gedit (for Linux).
PUB! Programmable USB Button – [Link]
If you have old USB headphones you can easily transform them to a USB sound. This card can be helpful during testing of home built devices connected to the speaker or microphone ports on the PC (for example A proof of concept of a simple sonar and Constructing a homemade microphone).
USB sound card made from a broken USB headphones – [Link]
by mjlorton @ youtube.com:
I take a look at the YZXstudio USB 3.0 Power Monitor with OLED display which is sold by Franky – http://stores.ebay.com/99centhobbies
I demonstrate this very handy tool on a UBS power bank and show the issues with the USB voltage and losses across a USB cable.
USB 3.0 Power Monitor – YZXstudio – [Link]
by Solarcycle @ instructables.com:
Power Stacker is a portable, modular, USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Stack them together for power hungry projects or separate them for smaller projects with this modular system. The Gerber, BOM, and .STL files are available below.
Power Stacker does what other USB rechargeable batteries have failed to do, and that’s the ability to combine together for increased battery capacity or separate in to many small batteries for smaller projects. You can literally use the same Power Stacker batteries for many years across many applications!
Stackable USB Rechargeable Battery System – [Link]
Hey, sorry everyone, I know it’s been a while. But I hope this post will make up for that! Anyone who has done embedded programming knows that an easy way for microcontrollers (like arduino) to connect to a PC is through a serial connection. Unfortunately, not many computers have a serial port these days, and while are a lot of chips that will act like a usb-serial converter, they tend to be somewhere in the $3-5 range. However, I found one chip, the CH340G, that only costs 40 cents!
CH340G – alternative USB to serial IC – [Link]
Paranoia abounds! well maybe a bit – we are in a situation where we don’t trust our tools – especially our crypto tools – this project is an attempt to create a cheap open source entropy generator that’s open enough that one can verify and trust it.
We’ve based our design on an existing platform – our Cheap RF system – mostly because it’s cheap to build, we had existing hardware, and had just finished bringing up a USB stack for it
Our simple device is a USB stick, it is open source hardware, you can build your own, runs open source firmware – and you can physically open it to make sure that what’s inside is what you expect. With an external programmer you can also program it with your own firmware.
We generate ~350kbits per second of entropy packaged at ~7.8 bits/byte – if you use the entropy data at a lower it accumulates and we quickly approach 8 bits/byte.
OneRNG – Open Random number generation project – [Link]