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1 May 2014


Ioannis Kedros writes:

I just finish the assembly process of my latest super mini project! It’s nothing amazing… but its a very handy sensor module!
On board there are three commonly used sensors: SHT10, BMP085 and MPU6050. I was constantly using those ones over my last projects and I thought it will be a good idea to make a simple module with all of those. They are communicating over I2C and the module can accept voltages from 3V to 6V.

Sensor Stick - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


One of the newest types of enclosures in the Hammond portfolio are ergonomic oval enclosures perfectly suitable for various industrial controllers.

High quality enclosures from the portfolio of producer Hammond n our offer are probably familiar to you. They usually have a classic right-angle shape, perhaps except handheld enclosures series 1553 or also 1553T. This time we have here a novelty which looks quite different from all common enclosures. It is a series of plastic enclosures 1599 Tablet, specially designed for a construction of various control panels using joysticks, touch screens, membrane keyboards and other control elements. Enclosures are developed with an aim to reach an ergonomic shape and just the round corners ensure significantly better grip preventing fatigue of operator´s hands.

Company Hammond comes right with several versions and so we can choose smaller (1599TABM), bigger (1599TABL), light gray (RAL7035) or black, without or with a battery compartment. As usually, an enclosure is supplied with screws and at battery versions also with battery contacts for 4x AA batteries and 2 pcs of 9V batteries (it´s possible to choose, which contacts will be used).

Detailed information will provide you datasheets Hammond 1599TABL, 1599TABLBAT, 1599TABM and 1599TABMBAT.
This novelty is so far available upon order with a short leadtime.

Even in enclosures can be found a tablet – Hammond 1599 - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


Raj @ embedded-lab.com writes:

A group of students at Indiana university has built an Arduino-based distance measuring tool as their class project. It is a handheld device that measures the distance between any two points using the latitude and longitude coordinates (received from GPS satellite) of the points. It provides distance output in Yards and is useful for sports applications, such as in golfing to compute the distance between where a ball is hit and where it ends up.


Distance meter using GPS and Arduino - [Link]


30 Apr 2014


by mictronics.de:

This page is related to the yamppPod (yPod) MP3 player project of Jesper Hansen at www.yampp.com  The hardware of this player is based around an Atmel ARM7, here AT90SAM7S128 and the VLSI VS1033 MPEG3 codec. Powered by a single LiIo/LiPo battery, the player also includes a color LCD, a 5-way switch for user inputs and a TWI EEPROM to store settings. A Micro SD card slot provides access to the music and system files stored a simple Micro SD card. Recharging the battery as well as data exchange with a PC is done by the USB interface available via mini-USB connector. A 3.5mm stereo jack provides the audio signal for headphones or any kind of amplifier. And everything located on a tiny 4-layer PCB.

yamppPod MP3 Player - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


A simple current-limiting power supply from Micrel, app note here.

Just three ICs are required to build this adjustable-voltage, adjustable-current-limit power supply that operates like a laboratory supply. It offers an output voltage range of 0V to 25V and a current limit range of about 10mA to 1.5A. The Micrel MIC29152 LDO Regulator has a ground-referred bandgap (reference) voltage. Other adjustable regulators with ground-based reference voltages should also work.


App note: Simple Current-Limiting Power Supply - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


by Kalle Hyvönen:

I needed a display for a project of mine and was just going to use a regular HD44780 -based text LCD display, until I spotted some very neat looking TINY OLED-displays from eBay.

The displays are monochrome 128×32 pixel displays with a 4-wire SPI bus and they are around 30x11mm in size (the actual display area is under an inch diagonally!). The exact type of the displays is UG-2832HSWEG04. I found a datasheet for the displays and a datasheet for the actual display controller (SSD1306) and they seemed easy enough to use so I ordered a two of them for just $13.

Using a neat little OLED-display with an Arduino - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


by Kalle Hyvönen:

Here’s a quick project I made in couple days or so. It is a push-pull step-down laser diode driver based on LT1683 SMPS controller chip from Linear Technology. The circuit works with 12-18V input and can put out about 1A to a 2V load. I used a PL140-105L planar ferrite transformer from Coilcraft which is quite overkill for this application (it is rated for 140W).

Switchmode laser diode driver based on LT1683 - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


The world’s thinnest LED at only 3 atoms thick:

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have demonstrated electroluminescence in a flexible, mechanically strong construct of the semiconductor tungsten selenide only three atoms thick.

The researchers harvested single sheets of tungsten selenide (WSe2) using adhesive tape, a technique invented for the production of graphene. They used a support and dielectric layer of boron nitride on a base of silicon dioxide on silicon, to come up with the thinnest possible LED.

The LEDs now used in most consumer electronics are rigid and are hundreds to thousands of times as thick as the material being developed at UW — which the team characterizes as 1/10,000th the thickness of a human hair.

Existing inorganic LEDs are not appropriate for use in bendable, foldable applications such as electronic devices and displays integrated into clothing. Organic light-emitting diodes are the usual candidates for such applications, but the techniques being pioneered at UW can produce devices that are not only much thinner — and stackable — but also far more versatile.

UW Researchers Create World’s Thinnest LED At Only 3 Atoms Thick - [Link]

30 Apr 2014

A quick look-see at a handful of PIC development boards I have collected over the years and what I like about them. IMHO the big winner is the TAUTIC 18F26K22 board. This video is not meant to be a technical review.

A review of a handful of PIC developmnt boards - [Link]

30 Apr 2014


by Dave Young

Anyone who has learned a layout package like EAGLE and sent a board off to a fab knows the trepidation felt when submitting the final gerbers. It doesn’t matter if the order is for 3 PCBs or 3,000 PCBs. The time lost from an error can ruin a project’s momentum, especially if it is a boneheaded error.


There is a better way to check all of the footprints with a layout: Paper PCB Protos. This low-tech technique only takes an hour, but can provide 100% confidence in the footprints checked. Thanks to proper scaling of the PCB, it is possible to create a PDF and print out an exact representation of the board. The designer can then place parts on the paper to quickly determine if a component’s footprint will be suitable, at least for a pilot production build.

Using Paper Protos to Check Footprints with EAGLE - [Link]






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