All parts were developed separately. This allowed adjustments in the assembly as well as smaller changes in case the design of one or other part become required.
Focus on low cost and use of materials easily accessible in the local market.
Homemade Plotter (CNC Machine) - [Link]
The Arduino’s greatest weakness is also it’s greatest triumph. That is, it is only a low power simple processor, which makes internet connectivity for such a simple device difficult. Often the network interface has a few orders of magnitude greater performance than the arduino atmel avr processor itself.
Arduino Yun is the answer to wifi connectivity for arduino. Ushering in a new era known as the internet of things, Yun is actually a complete 400mhz system on chip. There is irony in the fact that the powerful system on chip’s only duty is to serve the lowly AVR. Akin to “You Pass Butter”
Arduino Wifi With Hi Flying HF-LPT100 - [Link]
Colin over at CuPID Controls writes:
We want to put our remote sense and control modules out into the wild and read and aggregate them as it makes sense.
Our basic system layout is as below. We’ve got multiple wireless nodes that broadcast data periodically, and a controller/aggregator that will log this data, acknowledge receipt, and do something useful with it. Eventually, we may have intermediate powered nodes that serve to mesh the grid out, but for now, our nodes just send data to the controller.
We’re currently using these awesome little RF units, called Moteinos. They are an Arduino clone that can use the standard IDE with their bootloader. They’ve got the ever-so-popular ATMega328P chip that is familiar to anybody working with an Arduino Nano or Uno.
Adventures in Moteino: Remote temperature monitor - [Link]
In a break with tradition Textronix have announced their first USB-based item of test equipment. The RSA306 is a spectrum analyzer with a 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz frequency range and a 40 MHz instantaneous bandwidth. According to the press release this is just the first of many test instruments the firm will be launching which takes advantage of the availability of affordable desktop computers and laptops with sufficient processing power to handle complex test and measurement analysis along with high-speed USB 3.0 interfaces.
Tektronix USB Spectrum Analyzer - [Link]
With the rapid development of GPS (Global Positioning System) techniques, GPS gets wider application in many fields. GPS has features such as high precision, global coverage, convenience, high quality, and low cost. Recently, the use of GPS extends speedily from military to civilian applications such as automobile navigation systems which combine the GPS system, e-map, and wireless network. GPS is getting popular, and the market for GPS techniques is extending continuously.
UARTs provide serial asynchronous receive data synchronization, parallel-to-serial and serial-to-parallel data conversion for both the transmitter and receiver sections. These functions are necessary for converting the serial data stream into parallel data that is required with digital systems. Synchronization for the serial data stream is accomplished by adding start and stop bits to the transmit data to form a data character. Data integrity is ensured by attaching a parity bit to the data character. The parity bit is checked by the receiver for any transmission bit errors.
The circuit describes how to combine GPS into a navigation system by using a Philips 2-channel UART, the SC16C2552B. The SC16C2552B is a two channel Universal Asynchronous Receiver and Transmitter (UART) used for serial data communications. Its principal function is to convert parallel data into serial data, and vice versa. The UART can handle serial data rates up to 5 Mbit/s.
UART in GPS navigation system – [Link]
Universal Soft shell connectors MATE-N-LOK from company TE Conectivity belong to the best, what can be found on the market.
In industrial applications we need various connectors. “Various” usually means really various -almost indefinite amount of types, to have a hope to find the right type for our application in a given series of connectors.
High chance for success at searching for a suitable connector provides a group of connector „Soft shell“ from company TE Connectivity. In this group can be found the above mentioned series MATE-N-LOK, which can be securely marked as an industry standard. Series MATE-N-LOK is a four-component system consisting of 2 contacts (pin+socket) and from the connector housings (F+M).
MATE-N-LOK system of connectors provides two basic things usually expected from a connector – reliable contact and a mechanically stable connection of both connector parts. When we add to this an easy assembly and a huge amount of versions, we have a series which gives a presumption, that with these connectors can be solved majority of connections inside a given device. Standard versions, but also versions with sealing (IP56/57), circular, colored, panel/ PCB mount … all these are possibilities of one family. In one line can be 2-10 positions, in a 6-15 matrix.
Connectors have a high current handling capability of 19A/600V and a high-temperature housing material(nylon UL 94-V2/V0) also contributes to overall connector reliability.
A comprehensive overview of „Soft-shell“ connectors TE Connectivity can be found in following catalogue.
Connect and lock – connectors MATE-N-LOK - [Link]
by ohneschuh @ instructables.com:
Capacitive sensors are an elegant way to control an Arduino using the Capacitive Sensing Library. But the sensitivity and error tolerance depend strongly on the hardware (sensor) design. I found a design guideline here and tested different setups which mostly work well if the Arduino was powered by battery. But the sensor signal changes dramatically if I connect the Arduino to a power supply.
Actually I found a design for five (and more) sensors which works well powered with battery and power supply.
Capacitive Sensor Design - [Link]
by Darren Quick @ gizmag.com:
It can be a herculean task to get kids to eat their vegetables, but they’ll happily chow down on things they aren’t supposed to. If one of those things is a button battery, serious injuries can result in the form of burns to the esophagus or tears in the digestive tract. Researchers may not have found a way to stop kids swallowing button batteries, but they have found a way to make such culinary no-nos safer.
Coating makes swallowing batteries safer for curious kids - [Link]
Ioannis Kedros @ embeddedday.com:
Why this long intro? Well, I am an engineer, a maker in general, that wants to build stuffs. And the swags above came in a nice cardboard tube. A very strong, thick, with a nice light plastic type coating (helping with the moisture during shipping).
This makes a good indoor enclosure, but with proper treatment will be a nice fit for an outdoor enclosure as well. I am going to put a Raspberry Pi inside it together with a camera and some sensors for reading environmental variables.
The RPi is the Model B and has some connectors around it that I am not going to use. Those are taking space and placing the Pi slightly offset of what I want. I decided to remove them and use some of those in future projects. Nothing is going to the trash bin! Anyway, I am not going to use this Pi to somewhere else. The project will be placed permanently in my “lab” and I will do only software improvements.
Project Tube - [Link]
by Mohamed Ismail @ edn.com:
Other than generous helpings of coffee, what helps industry decrease time to market, drive down cost, and focus more of the design cycle on innovation? Hint: standardization. By defining protocols and operating characteristics, standards have impacted all aspects of technology: device package sizes, pin outs, data and communication interfaces, software drivers, connectors, ESD ratings, environmental compliance, test fixtures. The list goes on and on. The more detailed a specification, the better equipped are developers for defining products that serve the marketplace. If there is any doubt about the value of tightly defined standards, go into any two clothing stores and buy the same size shirt.
USB battery charging rev. 1.2: Important role of charger detectors - [Link]