The SmartScope designed by the young Belgian company LabNation is — to our knowledge — the only oscilloscope that works with all popular operating systems: Windows 7/8, Linux, OS X, iOS (jailbroken) and Android 4.0+. So the software can run on a standard PC or laptop, but also on a tablet or smartphone. The control interface is specifically designed to operate with touch-screen or mouse and is equipped with various software decoders (such as I2C and SPI) for decoding digital signals.
The Smart Scope hardware consists of a small metal housing (for good protection) with the front two full BNC connectors for analog inputs, and at the rear a 16-pin header which has 8 digital inputs for the logic analyzer. Four digital outputs and an output for the built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) are available. The sampling frequency of the analog and digital inputs is 100 Msamples/s, the maximum data rate of the AWG is 50 Msamples/s.
LabNation SmartScope: unique multi-platform USB oscilloscope – [Link]
Top-class thermal imaging cameras Flir E6 and E60 with a high resolution, dual displaying and WiFi connection are now available for schools with a 50% discount!
Thermal imaging cameras find their place in many industrial segments also because they´re still more affordable. At the same time, top-class full-featured IR cameras are available in a midle price level. This is also a case of FLIR E6 and E60 cameras.
Advanced camera with a big 3″ display, 160×120 px (IR) + 640×480 px (camera for a visible spectrum). Possibility to combine images from infra and visible spectrum (“MSX”) , wide setting possibilities and 0,06´C sensitivity. Spot metering and area metering make possible fault identification easier.
Top-class camera with a WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity (video and pictures). High resolution (320x240px= 76000 pixels) together with a built-in 3,1Mpx camera for a visible spectrum enable to detect sources of faults very exactly. Spot metering, digital zoom, picture-in-picture and other functions make this camera truly versatile. A real bonus are (optional) exchangeable lenses (wide, 2x tele) as well as possibility of manual focus control enabling to make sharp images even at small distances. Big 3,5″ LCD with a touch panel also contributes to easy and intuitive control. Maximum measurable temperature of 650´C make the camera usable for a whole range of demanding industrial measurements.
Moreover, company FLIR, the leader in a segment of thermal cameras comes with exceptional offer for a support of education. Special offer applies to E6 and E60 FLIR thermal cameras. For exceptional price with a 50% discount you´ll get not only a camera itself, but also a complete “Educational kit” containing:
- FLIR camera
- Educational DVD
- Building guide
- Industrial guide
- R&D guide
Flir E6 kit is vailable for 1247.50 Euro and the Flir E60 kit for 3747.50 Euro.
Would you also like to locate a fault within few seconds? – [Link]
nScope is a USB-powered oscilloscope, function generator, and power supply that turns any laptop into an electronics workbench.
nScope is a usb-powered device that plugs into an electronics prototyping breadboard. nScope’s main function is an oscilloscope. Much like a multimeter, an oscilloscope measures voltages in a circuit. But unlike a multimeter, it stores voltages over time and displays them in a graph. This makes nScope much more useful for observing sensor signals and dynamic circuits. nScope’s software interface maximizes the graph space, and provides controls for setting the measurement speed and range.
nScope | a lab for every laptop – [Link]
The PCB Rax is an easy to use, versatile printed circuit board holder for repair, prototyping , and assembly.
How many times have you had to set your soldering iron down because you couldn’t hold the solder and component, while trying to keep the circuit board from moving around?
PCB Rax is an easy to use, versatile circuit board holder for repair, prototyping, and assembly that can hold nearly any shape of circuit board. Sure there are other circuit board holders on the market, but they don’t hold odd shaped boards, and they don’t allow you to easily move them around.
PCB Rax – An easy to use circuit board holding system – [Link]
Ohmkara is a bread-boarding ruler that helps cut, strip, and bend wires to the correct length. Ohmkara is the future of circuit design.
If you’ve done electronics prototyping, you’ve worked with a breadboard. Getting your wires or components to fit can be quite the hassle. Trying to decipher a mess like this is even more nasty. There’s no more need to buy pre-cut wires or to guesstimate while cutting jumper wires. The OHMkara tool is the one-stop protoboarding multi-tool. With your very own OHMkara multi-tool, your breadboards can look like this
Ohmkara Breadboarding MultiTool: Electronics Prototyping – [Link]
Diyouware TwinTeeth is an open-source PCB mini-factory targeted to the electronic hobbyists. It is an innovative fabricator of Arduino™ shield-size PCBs which will help you to make PCB prototypes at home.
It includes the following functions:
- UV Laser photoengraving on sensitive film or presensitized boards using an ultraviolet laser.
- Drilling vias and holes using any mini-rotary tool like Dremel® or Proxxon®.
- Dispensing solder paste with precision on SMD PCB pads.
- Plotting circuits with a permanent pen-maker (if you prefer this method).
- 3D printing knobs, casings, front-panels, even print circuits with conductive filament, or make circuits supports.
- Milling/Carving soft materials or etching PCB copper with a v-bit (if you prefer this etching method).
- And much more… because it is extendable and you can use any other tool you can fix on it.
Diyouware TwinTeeth: The PCB mini-factory – [Link]
Pico Technology has announced that its 3000D Series oscilloscopes launched in October last year now offer deeper memory. This comes on the back of last November’s release of beta drivers for Mac OS X and Linux operating systems for their range of oscilloscopes and data loggers adding to the existing Windows driver. This makes them suitable for use with the BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi development boards.
All scopes in this range feature deep memory, allowing high sampling rates to be maintained even at slower sweep speeds for capturing long waveforms in fine detail. Sampling at 1 Gsample/s it can capture a 500 msec waveform (half a billion samples) while hardware acceleration takes care of smooth display updating.
PicoScopes with Deeper Memory – [Link]
I try to have a few different projects on the go at any time — a big, long term project (like the Arducorder), a shorter-term fun project (like the Open Source CT scanner), and a bunch of smaller weekend or few-weekend project (like the open mini spectrometer). Having a few projects of varying time scales allows you to switch projects when you’re burned out on one, and make more headway on creative pursuits when you’re at the mercy of inspiration. A project I’ve had on the backburner for some time is building a small, open source pick-and-place machine. In the past year or so there’s been a lot of interest in this space, and different groups (e.g. openpnp, firepick) have been working on designs to help folks assemble boards quickly and inexpensively. I thought I’d take a moment to show my progress on a pick-and-place vacuum head, given that I haven’t found a great deal of consolidated information on the topic.
Towards a tiny pick-and-place vacuum head – [Link]
Vassilis over vpapanik.blogspot.gr has build a nice and simple tool to help him soldering tiny SMD parts on a PCB. The tool consists of three metal parts you can easily find on your parts box and it can be proven to be really helpful as it keeps the SMD parts steady while you solder them. The build is easy, all you have to do is to bend the main rod, file the tip to conical shape and drill the other two rods. All steps can be done in under 30 minutes without special tools. Sure it can be your third hand while assembling your PCBs. He writes:
I ordered this awesome N|Watch kit the other day, which requires some serious SMD hand-soldering skills. There’s always the easy alternative to use a reflow oven, but guess what, there is no stencil included (and no, I don’t have a paste dispenser). In a desperate need of a third hand (!) in order do a neat job, I saw some similar DIY solutions (thumbs up for Google images) and managed to build my own version in less than 30 minutes, just using junk metal parts : the SMD beak !
The SMD beak – [Link]
Clamp multimeters are not only practical, but also highly safe at measuring a current. One of them is also the compact Voltcraft VC-521.
Clamp multimeter can be marked as an “old known thing”. AT the same it can be said, that this widely spread type of measuring devices is still more compact and new models are usually able to measure all basic parameters.
From this point of view, the VC-521 can replace a common multimeter, as it´s able to measure voltage, current by means of jaws (even the DC!), frequency, duty cycle, capacity (already from nF), resistance, temperature, diodes and continuity. A useful additional feature is also a non-contact detection of AC voltage (100-600V). User comfort is also increased by functions HOLD and REL. The REL function can serve for a classic measuring but also to null the offset at measuring of DC currents caused by a residual magnetism in the jaws – this can temporarily appear after measuring of high DC currents or also by influence of external magnetic field (magnet, loudspeaker,…).
Plastic lug on one of the jaws is in fact a sensor for non-contact AC voltage detection. This lug also enables easier “separation” of a desired wire from other wires – for example at measuring in a distribution box. Maximum reading is 3999, what´s naturally better than classic „1999″.
“Wireless” measuring is always safer … – [Link]