Embedded modules may surprise you by their contribution and an overall costs savings.
As we know „embedded module“ is a quite wide term and it can represent a powerful microcomputer with OS, but it can also be a significantly simpler module with a microcontroller and peripherals, still able to add considerable functionality to a target device.
Typical representatives of useful modules, which add a lot – without big costs are so called quick start modules from company Embedded Artists. Their contribution is in a ready-made „tuned up“ PCB containing for example in case of module LPC4088 QuickStart Board (EA-QSB-016) the microcontroller itself (Cortex- M4), memory, display controller and many interfaces like Ethernet, USB, UART, SPI, CAN, PWM, Analog In/Out, I2C, XBee compatible connector and other.
Especially at low and mid-volume production batches their contribution is mainly in the fact, that it is a really proven solution with a guaranteed operating temperatures range, proper ESD protection and mainly – supported by a wide scale of development tools (free). In case of solving of problems, it´s still possible to contact customer support of company and a lot of hints for successful usage, source codes and libraries can be found directly on the producer´s website.
Try to go easier way - [Link]
World’s smallest Arduino Mega clone: an enhanced electronics prototyping platform. Better than a Mega, smaller than an Uno! by MEGADOM:
The MegaCube is an affordable and enhanced electronics prototyping platform meant for the intermediate to pro user looking for more than what the Arduino Mega offers in a package that is smaller than an UNO and is easily embedded in a project at a lower cost than the Arduino Mega or its clone offerings.
The Fantastic MEGADOM MegaCube (Arduino Clone) - [Link]
Microsoft have released a non-commercial version of Windows based on Windows 8.1 to run on the Intel Galileo development board. A spokesperson for Microsoft said “This preview Windows image is another opportunity for makers and developers to create, generate new ideas and provide feedback to help Microsoft continue making Windows even better on this class of device”.
The board and OS are part of the Windows Developer Program for the IoT (Internet of Things) which Microsoft hopes will encourage developers of Internet-connected devices to experiment with Windows platforms. The Galileo kits include the standard Arduino Wiring API and a subset of the Win32 API. At the moment Linux is the OS of choice among makers and for the next generation of devices but Microsoft hopes to break that dominance. Intel released an update to the original Galileo Gen 1 board earlier this month which features an improved control of its PWM (Pulse Width Modulated) output signals to make the board better suited for the management of 3D printers and robotic applications. Galileo Gen 2 can also be powered from the Ethernet port which the earlier Gen 1 version did not allow.
Galileo now runs Windows - [Link]
In this series of video I want to take a look at what the industry has to offer in terms of DC Power and Energy Measurement Meters / Analyzers (Analysers). There seems to be a distinct lack of affordable instrumentation in this area.
DC Power and Energy Measurement Meters – Pt 1 - [Link]
I explain buck converters (a type of switch mode power supply) and how to build a 5V 5A power supply using an LM2678.
How to build a switch mode power supply! DC-DC buck converter tutorial! - [Link]
A DIY 60W adjustable electrical load project from Electro-Labs:
In this project, we are building a useful board which should take place on your bench. It is an adjustable electrical load which can sink up to 5A @ 60W continuously. This board will come to aid when you need to draw an exact amount of current from a supply. For instance to learn the current rating of a power supply, measure the heat dissipated on a circuit element, discharge a battery etc.
The electrical load lets you monitor the current by using the ampermeter on it. A multiturn variable resistor is used to set the current precisely. The circuit is powered by a 15V-18V power adapter. A large heatsink on the board helps dissipating the heat generated on the MOSFET which is the main component used for limiting the current.
DIY 60W adjustable electrical load - [Link]
Parekh of Hacked Gadgets did a teardown of a MESR-100 ESR meter:
I purchased a MESR-100 Meter from eBay for around $55 USD shipped to my door in Winnipeg (Canada). The meter came well packaged in a retail box, this is a nice change from many other items from China that are simply wrapped in bubble wrap and stuffed into a padded envelope. Inside the box was the meter, two short meter leads and a manual. Pressing the red power button for a few seconds powers the meter, it is ready to use after about 3 seconds. The display is a backlit LCD display, it does appear that the backlight is on all the time. The display is nice and bright and has a good viewing angle, there are two hot spots near the bottom of the display which is probably due to the location of the backlight LEDs but it doesn’t effect display readability.
MESR-100 ESR meter review and teardown - [Link]
by Arc Robotics:
There have been a lot of amazing projects come out of the Maker revolution, however, many are limited by the capability of their motor controller. We want to change that. The Arc-Controller is a bridge to bring high Amp motor control to your projects, up to 43 amps with a heat sink. It is capable of variable speed and direction control over a single Stepper Motor or two DC motors, because when do you only need one motor.
The Arc-Controller is compatible with about any Arduino, or other micro controller such as Raspberry Pi. It runs an ATMega328, and is user programmable via the Arduino IDE. Thanks to the ATMega the Arc Controller can run as a standalone micro controller or be slaved by any other device. Giving Makers the ability to push the limits of what has been done and change the power to change the world.
43 Amp Arduino Motor shield, the Arc-Controller - [Link]
Integrated with the homemade low-pass filter, this Arduino-based simple WAV player is to send out PWM signal generated by UNO,
then through the low-pass filter and make the PCM data stored in the flash of UNO into sounds. Basically, the player cannot be regarded
as a pure WAV playback, because by extracting the data from the WAV file and storing it in an array format in UNO, this tutorial is for reference.
You can make SD card based WAV player by referring to this idea.
How to make a simple wav player by using Arduino - [Link]
by Deddieslab :
I have a couple of front door LED lights which I would like to switch on automatically during the evening/night. The two conventional methods that are commonly available had their disadvantages:
A timer switch is the easiest and cheapest solution, but doesn’t take into account day light savings. Besides that, in Einhoven, the Netherlands where I live in december the sun sets around 16:30 while in June it doesn’t get dark before 22:00. A simple timer doesn’t take that into account either.
Since you only want the lights on when it gets dark, instead of time you can also use a light sensor to distinguish day and night. You have these front door lights that have this built in. The problem that I had with these devices is that they start bouncing (‘flickering’) around sunset/sunrise. They constantly turn on/off which causes damage to the LED lights I was using. This cost me already several expensive led lights.
Frontdoor light switch based on local sunset/sunrise - [Link]