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9 Apr 2015


by jojo @ circuitstoday.com

Recently we have learned how to interface GSM Module with Arduino and send/receive SMS using GSM module. Interfacing any device with a micro controller is the first step to building a useful system or project with that particular device. In this tutorial, we are going to build a very interesting project – a Fire Alarm System which will send SMS to a set of Mobile Numbers when fire occurs in a particular location. We have seen many typical Fire Alarm projects which will alert with a siren or an automatic shutdown mechanism. This fire alarm project make use of modern communication technologies to deal with emergencies.

GSM based SMS Alert Fire Alarm System using Arduino – [Link]

8 Apr 2015


by Juan J. Martínez:

This is my first serious attempt to learn electronics. DAN64 is my first project and it has been a discovery process during 3 months of my free time. I had to learn a lot of things I didn’t know much about, from basic electronics to the details of the AVRs -and specifically the ATmega328-, and a whole world of things in between such as signalling, protocols, interfaces, modulation and demodulation, SDKs, EDA software, prototyping, PCB fabrication, etc.

I’m certain that in this project I’m doing many stupid things and I’m sure my approach to solving some of the problems is not the best, but in my discharge I can only say: it works! (to some extent at least).

I got lots of gotcha! moments, ups and downs where I though I couldn’t finish the project because perhaps what I was trying to achieve was just impossible.

So this is not about perfection but about good enough for me and about the learning process and having fun.

DAN64 – an AVR based 8-bit microcomputer – [Link]

6 Apr 2015

Arduino Project: Data Logging DS3231 SD card module and Arduino Nano DIY data logger

Arduino Project: Data Logging with DS3231 RTC, SD card module and Arduino Nano DIY data logger – [Link]

6 Apr 2015


MAKE has posted Alasdair Allan’s three part series concerning the ESP8266 MCU. Alasdair highlights the capabilities and limitations of this chip, the installation and use of a supporting version of the Arduino IDE, and how to create a breadboard adapter for the ESP-01 breakout board (pictured above.) [via]

ESP8266: Arduino compatible $5 MCU with WiFi – [Link]

2 Apr 2015


Ugifer wrote this instructable detailing the build of his Arduino based high-altitude balloon tracker:

The tracker is based upon the Atmel ATMeag328 Microcontroller which forms the heart of many of the popular “Arduino” boards. We are going to make an “Arduino Compatible” board which we can program using the Arduino IDE.
Because the GPS module and SD card both require 3.3v and we have plenty of computing power, we may as well make the whole tracker run on 3v3. That means that we can’t clock the ‘328 up to its full 16MHz but it will run happily at 8MHz on 3v3, and that’s plenty for our purposes.

Arduino based high-altitude balloon tracker – [Link]

2 Apr 2015


Make Galileo’s Finger: and open source star finder. via instructables:

Given the opportunity to use one of the Intel Galileo boards, we wanted to build something that would honour Galileo’s memory and pay tribute to his discoveries. What better way than to do something related to his primary focus – astronomy.
Being an avid astronomer, and loving being able to look up into the night sky and know what star or planet I’m looking at, I thought a cheap, accurate laser pointer would be perfect.
With the right idea in mind, and three weeks in which to do it, my partner and I set off coding and building.

Build An Open Astronomy Learning Tool With Arduino – [Link]

2 Apr 2015


31 March 2015, Seattle–For a killer price of only $30, the small and rugged Arachnio puts taking the Internet of Things everywhere, easily within reach.   

Confident that the Arachnio will be a success–as the first wireless Arduino variant to integrate the ESP8266EX WiFi chip, Logos electromechanical has launched the Arachnio as a Kickstarter project with perks for early supporters.

The Arachnio’s versatility means it can be used for many different types of projects, such as deployable sensors, audio visual applications, robotics, and smart home automation.  “The number of applications the Arachnio can be used for is almost limitless.  It will appeal to hobbyists, hackers, developers and researchers,” said Logos Electromechanical founder and principal engineer, Pierce Nichols.

The following features make Arachnio a standout:

  • Integrated WiFi — No extra parts to buy or integrate — just load an easy-to-use library and connect to the Internet! The ESP8266EX WiFi chip on the Arachnio works beautifully with the Arduino core.
  • Small and light — The Arachnio is only 50 mm long, 18 mm wide, and weighs less than 10 grams with headers installed.
  • Rugged — Due to its small size, light weight, and the robustness of the Atmega32u4 processor, it’s hard to kill.
  • Low power draw — In deep sleep with the power LED removed, current consumption is below 50 microamps on a single Li-Po cell.
  • Arduino Micro pinout — The Arachnio uses the same pinout as the Arduino Micro and is only very slightly larger in order to accommodate the integrated antenna.
  • Breadboard compatible — Standard 0.1″ headers enable you to plug directly into a breadboard for easy prototyping.
  • Fully open source — everything including the board layout and the network stack is open source.

ARACHNIO – Arduino Variant with WiFi – [Link]

2 Apr 2015


by Mahesh Venkitachalam:

I was in Bhutan last December, and as we travelled to different locations, I kept wondering what the temperature and altitude was, and wished I had some gizmo that would show me these values. Back home, I did a bit of research on altitude sensors, and one that came up was the cheap BMP180 sensor. It measures temperature and pressure, and the latter can be used to calculate the altitude. It’s been lying around with me the past few months, and now I’ve finally gotten around to building a display around it.

Temperature / Altitude / Pressure Display using BMP180 – [Link]

31 Mar 2015


by JOJO @ circuitstoday.com:

Its quiet fun to work with RFID based projects! In the previous article, we saw how to interface RFID with Arduino. Interfacing is the first step to create any useful project. So why don’t we create an RFID based Access Control System or an RFID based Door Lock using Arduino? The system I have designed here is a simple version of the project. This project can be enhanced with a lot of features (which I will be doing in the next version of this project – Advanced RFID based Door Lock). So lets begin!

Simple RFID based Door Lock using Arduino – [Link]

31 Mar 2015


by EasyIoT @ instructables.com:

In this tutorial we will show how to build WiFi controlled thermostat with ESP8266, Arduino and touch screen display. Thermostat will also show other info, like weather forecast and temperature outside. Total cost for thermostat is about 40EUR, which is price for basic commercial thermostat in shop.

Basic features:

6 modes – Auto, Off, LOLO, LO, HI, HIHI
Touch screen
WiFi connected
Four set temperatures (LOLO, LO, HI, HIHI) and weekly schedule
Time display
Additional data display – temperature in other room, air pressure and weather forecast

ESP8266 WiFi touch screen thermostat – [Link]






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