I will start from saying that the board could be replaced by any Arduino plus some(s) its motor driver shield(s). So why I made it you may ask? Well, while I made this tiny tank-robot model presented on below pictures, I wanted to make at least some things by myself, and decide what I need and how I need it instead of only buying prefabricated stuff.
Simple and extensible microprocessor driver for robots – [Link]
Anyone awake in the early 2000’s knows the familiar shape of those candy bar style mobile phones. In the Shenzhen phone markets we see tons of them. Literally, there are tons of these phone passing through the markets every day. Some are resold while others are disassembled for parts and recycled. This is where all those cheap Nokia 3310/5110 LCD shields come from. It’s great to see so much reuse and recycling.
Having all these cheap LCDs is nice, but most of the interesting and useful parts are wasted. We saw a fantastic opportunity to save a heap of phones from the recycling bin and save people a pocket full of money. We can make a positive impact on the environment if we reuse some of these phones that we are literally tripping over in the streets. Let’s make an Arduino to GSM network bridge for just a few dollars.
Nokia phone Arduino shield – [Link]
The Breadboard Power Supply includes AMS1117 5V voltage regulator and AMS1117 3.3V voltage Regulator, providing fixed supply voltages. It features three voltage input options: a screw terminal connector, DC adapter connector and USB connector. It can operate on 6-12V DC power supply and has separate screw terminals for 3.3V and 5V outputs.
The AMS1117 series of adjustable and fixed voltage regulators are designed to provide up to 1A output current and to operate down to 1V input-to-output differential. The dropout voltage of the device is guaranteed maximum 1.3V,decreasing at lower load currents.
Hardware and PCB were designed with Cadsoft Eagle 7.1.0 version.
Breadboard Power Supply – [Link]
This project will provide 3.3 V @ 800 mA DC Regulated Supply. The project is based on the LM1117 Low-Dropout Linear Regulator. The LM1117-3.3 is a low dropout voltage regulator with a dropout of 3.3V @ 800mA of load current.
3.3V Voltage Regulator – [Link]
This project provides a simple and easy solution to connect your computer to a RS485 Network in either Receiver or Transmitter mode.
This circuit has been designed around popular MAX232 and MAX485 interface IC.
RS232 to RS485 Module – [Link]
12V Lead Acid Battery Monitor is a simple project which tells you the voltage of your Lead acid battery visually with the help of 10 LED’s. This project is based on the popular LM3914 IC from Texas Instruments.
The LM3914 senses the voltage level at the input pin and drives the 10 light emitting diodes based on the voltage detected on input connector. Circuit works on same battery, doesnt not require separate supply input. Jumper is used to select the DOT mode or bar graph mode.
12V Lead Acid Battery Voltage Monitor – [Link]
This project is a versatile, configurable, and cost effective development board available for the 16F628A or other 18 PIN Microcontroller from Microchip. The board has simplest form with all the Port pins terminating in a Relimate connector (Header Connector) for easy connection to the outside world.
16F628A Microcontroller development board – [Link]
Top-class component should be equipped with a top class documentation. That´s also a case of many AC/DC and DC/DC modules series from Traco Power.
Demands of various application also vary. While somewhere it´s enough to know, that a given power supply will give us „some DC12V/1A“ or that a given „LED shines green and withstands 20mA“, in majority of cases we naturally need much more about a given component. Somewhere at the end of this chart are applications, where we need to know literally every parameter, including commonly non-mentioned parameters and graphs from a real measurement.
From this point of view, Swiss company Traco Power is really helpful at development and at selecting given AC/DC or DC/DC module, as all power modules are equipped with quality documentation in a form of detailed datasheets, certificates, 3D drawings and similar. Masterpiece – the application notes are available for several „high performance“ modules like for example TEN8WI module.
TEN8xxxxWI is the 8W DC/DC isolating module with a high energy density, enhanced range of operating temperatures and a wide input voltage range( 4:1). Besides a common documentation, there´s also available the TEN8WI application note, where we can find all important information for successful usage even in critical applications (EN50155-railways), including EMC characteristics, thermal consideration, recommended PCB layout and other.
For applications, where we don´t require that wide input voltage range, the standard TEN8 version (non- „WI“) is intended. In the TEN8 and TEN8WI families can be found a large amount of types with various input voltages (input 9-18VDC, 18-36, 36-75 or 9-36, 18-75 at the WI series) and 3.3 to 15Vdc output, including symmetrical ones (for example +-12V). On stock we keep a few versions, all other versions we´re able to supply you in a short leadtime.
Aren’t you very satisfied with “empty” datasheets? – [Link]
Oktopod Studio – Development Tools for Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation.
Oktopod Studio is a development platform for mechatronics, robotics and automation, which enables creating and controlling low voltage electronic devices, models and home applications /in an extremely simple way/.
Oktopod_Board presents a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which features plug and play inputs and outputs for connecting low voltage electronic devices, like: LED lights, DC & servo motors, electromagnets, switches, photo, temperature and magnetic sensors, and so on.
Oktopod: Dev Kit for Your Robo-ideas! – [Link]
±2% accuracy in a whole range of relative humidity measurement – that´s just one of several improvements brought by the third generation of miniature calibrated sensors from company Sensirion.
Even the actual series like SHT1x and SHT2x belong to a top in this segment. Forthcoming series SHT3x (SHT30, SHT31 and soon also SHT35) addresses mainly those of you, requiring maximum accuracy even in limit values (humidity below 10% and above 90%), miniature dimensions and ultra low power consumption. So a main difference of a new SHT31 compared to SHT21 is, that a typical +-2% is maintained in a whole range. Together with a precise temperature measurement in element we still have a possibility to simply compute a dew point, what´s one of the key parameters for ventilation control (HVAC, heat recovery). If it´s “only” necessary to guide a humidity not to exceed certain level, then you´ll probably also use the output „Alert“ pin, able to start interrupt in a host MCU for instance or directly control further devices. Output of the SHT3x sensor is the linearized value, which can be easily transformed to a final value (%RH, °C).SHT31 is available in 2 versions – SHT31-DIS-B with a digital output via well-proven I2C bus (2 selectable addresses) and also in a version SHT31-ARP-B with a linearized analogue (proportional) output. That´s why SHT31-ARP-B is an interesting alternative for direct processing in analogue circuits, as it contains 2 independent outputs with output voltage of 10-90% Vdd, responding to 0-100%RH and -45 to +130°C temperature. Digital output version also features wide possibilities of setting regarding measurement frequency, communication speed and other parameters.
Even the humidity & temperature sensors can be “3G” – [Link]