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19 Jun 2014


Ultrasonic MEMS microphones can image where your hands are without touching the screen, adding a new dimension of 3-D gesture control to smartphones and tablets: R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog

Ultrasonic Mic Adds 3-D Mid-Air Control to Smartphones and Tablets – [Link]

19 Jun 2014


praveen @ circuitstoday.com writes:

LCD modules form a very important part in many arduino based embedded system designs. So the knowledge on interfacing LCD to arduino is very essential in designing embedded systems. This article is about interfacing a 16×2 LCD to Arduino. JHD162A is the LCD module used here. JHD162A is a 16×2 LCD module based on the HD44780 driver from Hitachi. The JHD162A has 16 pins and can be operated in 4-bit mode or 8-bit mode. Here we are using the LCD module in 4-bit mode. First, I will show you how to display plain text messages on the LCD module using arduino and then few useful projects using LCD and arduino. Before going in to the details of the project, let’s have a look at the JHD162A LCD module.

Interfacing LCD to Arduino uno - [Link]

19 Jun 2014


By Dario Borghino:

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a silicon anode that would allow us to charge lithium-ion batteries up to 16 times faster than is currently possible. The new design relies on a three-dimensional, cone-shaped cluster of carbon nanotubes that could also result in batteries that hold about 60 percent more charge while being 40 percent lighter.

New li-ion battery anode could charge electronics in minutes - [Link]


19 Jun 2014

Make your own touchless control interface providing 3D coordinates and gestures, in the form of an Arduino shield.

 3D-Pad is a touchless gesture control interface providing 3D coordinates and gesture recognition, with a 10cm depth perception.

3Dpad: touchless gesture controller Arduino shield - [Link]

19 Jun 2014


blog.atx.name writes:

Some time ago, I stumbled upon an article about 25¢ I²C adapter. I usually use my Raspberry Pi to interface with I²C devices, but having it right on my notebook seemed like quite useful thing, so I decided to build a project around it. Altough the mentioned article says that I²C is not supported on Intel cards on Linux (all of this was tested on Dell Latitude E5530 which does have Intel HD4000), I decided to try anyway. A lot has probably changed since 2008 when it was written.

TWILight – VGA I²C breakout board - [Link]

19 Jun 2014


Track and Trace anything with the Arduino AnyTracer of only 25 x 25 mm! It is the smallest, complete GPS GSM tracker in the entire world.

A movie is not necessary here! The photos speak for itself. Together with the best Italian and Russian GPS specialists we managed to make the smallest complete GPS GSM tracker in the world. This tracker is only 25 x 25 mm! With the onboard STM32 microcontroller you can program it yourself with Arduino or online (!) with Mbed.org or in C using Keil or the opensource CooCox IDE. Almost anybody can do the programming with their own beloved platform.

Arduino GPS GSM AnyTracer - [Link]

19 Jun 2014

w2aew @ youtube.com writes:

This video describes and demonstrates a fun little circuit that is designed to create a automatically switching, dual-range analog voltmeter which is intended to be built into a variable power supply. By using two ranges, it permits accurately setting a low voltage such as 3.3 or 5V, as well as accurately setting a higher voltage like 24V. Setting a low voltage using a high voltage meter is not very precise, hence the reason I put this together. The circuit is demonstrated, and the schematic is reviewed to describe the operation.

Of course, there are many ways this can be done – this is just one example. It uses one of my favorite little analog ICs, the LM10 op amp and reference. The LM10 (designed by the legendary Bob Widlar) is used as a voltage reference and comparator with hysteresis. A zener diode is used as a shunt regulator. There’s an indicator LED to show when the meter is in the high range, and a 2N7000 enhancement mode n-channel MOSFET is used to change the resistors associated with the analog meter.

Auto-ranging Analog Voltmeter for a variable power supply - [Link]

19 Jun 2014

.business_card_v2_mlimpkin @ limpkin.fr writes:

At the end of this month, I’ll be leaving my current job. I therefore thought it’d be a nice occasion to build a new business card for my future interviews.

AVR business card v2 - [Link]

18 Jun 2014


0xPIT @ github.com writes:

This Reflow Oven Controller relies on an Arduino Pro Micro, which is similar to the Leonardo and easily obtainable on eb*y for less than $10, plus my custom shield, which is actually more like a motherboard.

As I believe it is not wise to have a mess of wiring and tiny breakout-boards for operating mains powered equipment, I’ve decided to design custom board with easily obtainable components.

The hardware can be found in the folder hardware, including the Eagle schematics and PCB layout files. It should fit the freemium version of Eagle

Reflow Oven Controller with graphics TFT - [Link]

18 Jun 2014


Dhananjay Gadre & Nidhi Sharma writes:

Microcontrollers, the heart of all modern electronic gadgets, are increasingly powered with sub-5V power supplies. This complicates the control of external loads powered by higher voltages. The reduced I/O supply voltage leads to increased complexity in handling high-side voltage switching. Figure 1 illustrates the conventional solution for controlling a 5V high-side switch, driven here by a 3.3V signal.

Zener level-shifter drives high-side switch - [Link]





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