TI’s new HDC1000 integrated humidity and temperature sensor provides high accuracy and low power in a small, dust-resistant package.
Designers of building control equipment can implement accurate, energy-saving climate control in small spaces, while designers of home appliances and consumer goods can easily add humidity-sensing capabilities to their products.
High accuracy, low power
The HDC1000 consumes only 1.2 µA average current when measuring relative humidity and temperature at 11-bit resolution, once per second, extending battery life in remote applications.
HDC1000 – Low Power, High Accuracy Humidity Sensor with Integrated Digital Temperature Sensor - [Link]
by Junko Yoshida @ edn.com:
As automotive electronics takes center stage at Electronica this week in Munich, a “microcamera” module recently designed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for driver-assistance applications is expected to enjoy the spotlight.
The new camera module — an image sensor with optics mounted on a printed circuit board — measures 16x16x12 cubic millimeters. It is visibly smaller than current-generation driver-assist cameras, whose edge lengths are “20x20x20 cubic millimeters (without optics),” according to a Fraunhofer press release.
CogniVue, Fraunhofer debut supersmall camera at Electronica - [Link]
by JIHAI ZHANG @ edn.com:
The purpose of a PLL is to generate a frequency and phase-locked output oscillation signal.
To achieve this goal, prior art essentially functioned by frequently changing the PLL output frequency according to the phase error (i.e. the faster/slower phase relationship) to generate a momentary, but not static, frequency and phase locked output oscillation signal. This frequent back-and-forth change in VCO frequency creates significant Jitter and a longer settling time because when phase is correct (locked), frequency is likely wrong (unlocked), or when frequency is correct (locked), phase is likely wrong (unlocked).
Frequency and Phase Locked Loops (PLL) - [Link]
by Ioannis Kedros @ embeddedday.com:
I am very new to the multicopters hobby and a super newbie to the FPV (First Person Viewer) flying. I’ve never watch in real time someone flying through the screen but I’ve watched hundreds of videos online! The best-case scenario is to use some goggles (like the Fat Shark) in order to have a better experience. This will make you believe that you are actually inside the cockpit flying the machine. And that’s awesome!
But sometimes, even when everything looks simple this is not translated to cheap as well! A good FPV system, from the camera on the copter to the radio transmission system and the screen on the ground will cost you sometimes more than $200 (without even taking the price of the goggles into the equation). This is huge for my budget especially when the cost will be mirrored to a hobby of mine! So, I am going to try the most efficient solution!
FPV System - [Link]
High power of the UDOO “asks” for usage. One of many occasions to make it is to use various available periphery thus gaining a truly universal platform.
Favorite powerful embedded SBC called UDOO (S975-G000-2100-C2) already found many fans. Maybe also because of its compatibility with the Arduino Due platform (hardware and software) and mainly, it´s possible to connect it with various accessories. Thanks to a wide range of interfaces (USB, Ethernet, bluetooth, WiFi, …) is a connection of periphery flawless, what´s also a case of the 5MPx camera (autofocus).
Despite miniature dimensions this camera provides very decent resolution and speed – for example VGA (640×480) @90fps or 1080p @30fps, or QSXGA (2592×1944) @15fps. Also beneficial is recording of a video in a full 70°field of view (FOV).For a practical usage and application development with UDOO also serves the „Starter kit EU” containing an adapter for the third USB, RTC battery holder, HDMI cable with the UDOO logo, USB/ Micro USB Type B cable, SATA power supply cable, power supply adapter and an 8 GB micro SD card.
Perhaps the biggest “attraction” is the spacious 7“ display KIT LCD 7”–Touch 800×480 px RGB with a capacitive touch panel. By connecting of this display with the UDOO microcomputer, we get a ready-made platform usable to control various processes, with a power, which easily suits to majority of applications. Detailed information about the UDOO can be found in our article: Do you want a microcomputer which will „handle everything“?.
High power of the UDOO “asks” for usage - [Link]
In this project, we are building a programmable single/multi cell lithium battery charger shield for Arduino. The shield provides LCD and button interface which let the user set the battery cut-off voltage from 2V to 10V and charge current from 50mA to 1.1A. The charger also provides the ability to monitor the battery status before and during charge.
The charger is based on LT1510 Constant Current/Constant Voltage Battery charger IC and controlled by Arduino UNO. The display on the shield is Nokia 5110 LCD which is very simple to use and still available on the market. There are two different battery connectors available on the shield, a two contact screw terminal block and a right angle 2mm JST-PH connector.
DIY Lithium Battery Charger Shield for Arduino - [Link]
While TFTs have been the mainstay of displays for years, OLEDs are becoming more prevalent as their price drops due to the phenomenal increase in quality from TFT to OLED technology. We received this demo board from Newhaven that effectively illustrates side by side the differences between TFT and OLED technology, using a 1.69 inch 160 x 128 OLED display and a 1.8 inch 160 by 128 TFT display.
Tech Lab – Newhaven Full Color OLED Displays - [Link]
by Richard Moss @ gizmag.com:
Electrical energy is normally generated through heat, motion, nuclear transformation, or chemical reactions, but now scientists at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have devised a new method that involves mechanical vibrations. They figured out how to “harvest” the vibrational energy that occurs naturally when two surfaces with different work functions are connected via electrodes, and this energy could potentially be used to power wearables and other low-power electronics.
New technique for generating electricity from mechanical vibrations - [Link]
Vincent informs us of this Arduino compatible CT-UNO, the Cytron version of Arduino UNO:
The CT-UNO combines the simplicity of the UNO’s Optiboot bootloader (which load program faster), the stability of the FTDI and the R3 shield compatibility of the latest Arduino UNO R3. Besides, we know many are using Android phone which comes with USB micro-B cable (power bank also require micro-B to charge), therefore, to lower down the cost needed for customer to get started, we populate the USB micro-B socket for USB connection! Program can be loaded from Arduino UNO by utilizing your Android phone USB cable. Select “Arduino UNO” from the board and choose the correct COM port, you are ready to upload the code.
CT-UNO has all the amazing features Arduino UNO offer. 14 Digital I/O pins with 6 PWM pins, 6 Analog inputs, UART, SPI, external interrupts, not to forget the I2C too.
Introducing CT-UNO, Cytron version of Arduino UNO - [Link]
Morse code is used in telecommunication; it is a method of transmitting and receiving coded information. Each character (letter or numeral) is coded/represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes. Compared to voice, Morse code is less sensitive to poor signal conditions, yet still comprehensible to humans without a decoding device, therefore, a useful alternative to synthesized speech for sending automated data to skilled listeners (radio operator) on a voice channel.
The project’s first part is composed of an electret microphone followed by a common emitter follower amplifier; this transistor amplifier also acts as a first level bandpass filter. Its band edges are determined by the size of the coupling capacitors, and the feedback capacitor between the transistor’s base and collector terminals. The next part of the project is the PLL (phase lock loop) tone detector/decoder NE567; its output is a one-zero pattern replicating the dots-and-dashes sequence of the received signal. This output drives both an input to the PIC16F84 microcontroller and an LED that is used as a receiver tuning aid.
Another part is the PIC16F84 microcontroller, its function is to measure the duration of the one-zero input string from the tone decoder, and translate the pattern into DOTs, DASHs, symbol spaces, character spaces, or word spaces. Each of the symbols that are received, an equivalent “code word” is assembled and is convert to its ASCII equivalent character for display. And for the final part, the CPU interfaces to the LCD line display, sending ASCII characters to it and monitoring LCD status.
Morse Code Decoder – [Link]