by R-B @ embedded-lab.com:
This electronic dashboard for a bicycle uses an Arduino and a few other parts to create a light control system and an LED speedometer. It is powered with eight 1.5V batteries connected in series. Six LEDs on the dashboard indicates how fast are you going on your bicycle.
Electronic dashboard for a bicycle - [Link]
Integrated Device Technology has released what is said to be the world’s smallest 2W contactless-charging power receiver chip. In the future when all our internet-connected portable and wearable devices need a recharge after a busy day with their head in the cloud, contactless charging will be the way to go. The IDTP9026 wireless-charging receiver chip has a board footprint of just 30 square millimetres and is designed to charge a standard lithium-ion battery rated at 4.2 V. An AD pin allows the device to be switched out of the charging circuit when an external adapter is used for recharging. A separate enable pin is also available to turn the device off.
Receiver Chip for Wireless-Charging - [Link]
App note (PDF) on automobile flashers from Texas Instruments:
This Application note presents the design of a low cost, flasher circuit with short circuit protection. The design incorporates the entire recommended design feature set for two wheeler flashers and includes low/high voltage operation, half load frequency doubling, and short circuit protection.
App note: Design of a low cost, 45W flasher with short circuit protection using LM2902 - [Link]
Dave shows some techniques on how to build and mount usable PCB based front panels user interfaces with LCD displays and push buttons and capacitive touch buttons onto small cheap extruded aluminium enclosures.
EEVblog #644 – How To Design Front Panels On Extruded Enclosures - [Link]
Flat displays of the EA DOG series are now available even with a bigger resolution or with more characters.
EADOG series is familiar to many of you and probably it´s your favorite one from these main reasons:
- displays are unusually flat (thin)
- the have a very low power consumption of 100-s uA (without backlight)
- wide possibilities of backlight, monochrome and also RGB
- some types are well legible even without backlight
- simple communication through 4/8 bit or SPI interface and newly even I2C
So far, types with up to 128x64px or 3×16 characters were available. The most recent additions to the EADOG family are bigger types with resolution of 160x104px (EADOGXL160), 240x64px (EADOGM240), 240x128px (EADOGXL240) and 4×20 characters (EADOGM204) and appropriate backlight modules EALED66x40, EALED94x40 and EALED94x67. Also these new types maintain a low profile – only 5.8 or 6.5mm with backlighting. A positivity is that even these new types are based on standard LCD controllers.
A guide at a choice of a suitable combination of display +backlight will provide you the application described in our article – Start with the EA DOG displays for free.
Detailed information will provide you the datasheets at particular types.
EA DOG displays with a minimal power consumption now available in bigger sizes - [Link]
Clap switch/Sound-activated switch designed around op-amp, flip-flop and popular 555 IC. Switch avoids false triggering by using 2-clap sound. Clapping sound is received by a microphone, the microphone changes the sound wave to electrical wave which is further amplified by op-amp.
555 timer IC acts as mono-stable multi-vibrator then flip-flop changes the state of output relay on every two-clap sound. This can be used to turn ON/OFF lights and fans. Circuit activates upon two-clap sound and stays activated until another sound triggers the circuit.
Sound Activated Switch - [Link]
By Sophi and Garrett @ element14.com
The new version of Eagle is on out! The biggest changes coming are a new design feature and an improved autorouter. We are both veterans of Eagle and PCB board design so this blog is intended as both a review and a tutorial of the new features that Eagle v7 brings. Let’s dive right in.
To make the design process more real, we decided to design a circuit from scratch. A simple circuit that Sophi has worked with is one that uses an audio signal to control a hobby servo, which could be used to control an animatronic. It’s a little early for Halloween, but Sophi had used this circuit before and planed on using it again in October. Many thanks to Scary Terry who gave us permission to use his design.
Eagle v7 Beta Review - [Link]
Create circuit boards in minutes, from home, at the cost of a cup of coffee – Squink prints conductive ink and assembles your circuit.
Building electronics has always been a compromise between cost, flexibility and time. Squink was created to provide all three, anywhere and to everyone.
Squink is another way to look at circuit prototyping. Unleash your creativity, test your ideas on the spot, improve them quickly, and use a range of materials to make your circuits, all while an intuitive software walks you through the different steps.
Squink – the personal electronic circuit factory - [Link]
By Ben Coxworth @ gizmag.com:
For people who don’t already know, here’s the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes: the body produces little or no insulin in the case of type 1, and isn’t able to utilize the insulin that it does produce in type 2. It’s a significant difference, so it’s important that patients are diagnosed correctly. Thanks to a new microchip developed by a team at Stanford University led by Dr. Brian Feldman, doing so could soon be quicker, cheaper and easier than ever before.
New microchip promises to streamline and simplify diabetes diagnoses - [Link]
Designed for high-precision, always-on, six- and nine-axis applications, such as smartphones, tablets, remote controls, and game controllers, the BMI160 inertial measurement unit (IMU) combines a 16-bit, 3-axis, low-g accelerometer and ultra-low-power, 3-axis gyroscope. When the accelerometer and gyroscope are in full operation mode, typical current consumption for Bosch Sensortec’s IMU is 950 µA.
Inertial Measurement Unit Consumes Less Than 1 mA - [Link]