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3 Jun 2014


This is a dual MCU programmer which supports both AVR and PIC mcu and there is a switch to select between them.

It’s easy to manufacture and have only through hole parts.

Serial AVR and PIC programmer – [Link]


24 May 2014

Electronic scales are widely used in kitchens and bathrooms because they can quickly make accurate weight measurements.

A load sensor called a load cell is used for weight measurement.  Because the output voltage of this sensor is very small, it is amplified by an operational amplifier (op-amp) and input to an A/D converter.  A microcontroller (MCU) converts the signal to weight based on the conversion results of the A/D converter and displays it.

Renesas offers a lineup of microcontroller products for meeting their customers’ needs, such as the RL78/L1x, 78K0/Lx3, and R8C/Lx series with built in LCD driver for designing small and inexpensive models.  For highly precise measuring, they offer the 78K0/Lx3, the H8/38086R group, the RX21A group, and other with built-in high precision ΔΣ (delta-sigma) A/D converter.

Renesas MCU for Electronic Scales – [Link]

16 May 2014



Andrew  @ theresistornetwork.com build a Video streaming board using the STM32 Nucleo board and a Gameduino 2.

I like to check out the thrift stores in my area for one of a kind technical gems to add to my collection. A few years ago I came across a Connectix QuickCam. This is one of the earliest webcams that didn’t require a separate video capture card. Due to how easy it was to install, it was incredibly popular. So much so that Logitech ended up buying Connectix out and forking the product under their own brand.

When I saw it in the store I really had no idea what it was aside from the fact that it was a webcam and it had a parallel port. My first instinct was that a parallel port is simply a collection of TTL lines that I could emulate with a modern microcontroller. I finally had some time to put it into action and decided to stream video frames from the camera to a Gameduino 2 and the FT800 video processor that it uses.

FT800 with Streaming Video on Gameduino 2 – [Link]

14 May 2014


by praveen @ circuitstoday.com:

Ultrasonic range finder using 8051 microcontroller has been already published by me in this website. This time it is an ultrasonic range finder using arduino. HC-SR04 ultrasonic range finder module is used as the sensor here. The display consists of a three digit multiplexed seven segment display. This range finder can measure up to 200 cm and has an accuracy of 1cm. There is an option for displaying the distance in inch also. Typical applications of this range finder are parking sensors, obstacle warning system, level controllers, terrain monitoring devices etc. Lets have a look at the HC-SR04 ultrasonic module first.

Ultrasonic range finder using arduino – [Link]

8 May 2014


Raj @ embedded-lab.com build a programmable digital timer. He writes:

Digital timer switches are used to control the operation of electrical devices based on a programmed schedule. This project describes a programmable digital timer based on the PIC16F628A microcontroller that can be programmed to schedule the on and off operation of an electrical appliance. The appliance is controlled through a relay switch. This timer switch allows you to set both on and off time. That means, you can program when do you want to turn the device on and for how long you want it to be remained on. The maximum time interval that you can set for on and off operation is 99 hours and 59 minutes. The project provides an interactive user interface using a 16×2 character LCD along with 4 push buttons.

Programmable digital timer switch using a PIC Microcontroller – [Link]

2 May 2014


by Kalle Hyvönen:

I bought a small aquarium (54l) as an impulse buy and I needed some lights for it, so naturally I wanted to use LEDs. I also needed a timer for the lights. I also wanted the lights to fade in and out when they were going on or off as a cool effect.

I ordered four Cree XP-G R5 LEDs (cool white, apparently too warm of a light will cause algae growth) and a one amp (switching) constant current supply (with PWM support) from LED-tech.de. I had some Maxim DS3234 real-time clocks with a serial bus (SPI) which looked easy to implement so I decided to use one. I also had one spare Arduino board so that was going to be my microcontroller of choice. I used a laptop power supply as the power source.

LED aquarium lighting with an Arduino based PWM timer – [Link]

25 Apr 2014


Raj @ embedded-lab.com

I2C or IIC (Inter-Integrated Circuit) is a simple bidirectional serial interface, which requires only 2 signal lines for data transfer. It was originally developed by Philips in 1980′s to provide easy on-board communications between a CPU and various peripheral chips in a TV set. Today, it is widely used in varieties of embedded systems to connect many low speed peripherals, such as external EEPROMs, sensors, LCD drivers, port expanders, real-time clocks, etc, to the host microcontroller. In this tutorial, we will explore the chipKIT Wire Library for establishing an I2C communication link between the chipKIT Uno32 board and two I2C sensors. The Uno32 board receives the sensor outputs through the I2C link and displays the results on the serial monitor window on the computer screen.

chipKIT Tutorial 6: Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) communication – [Link]

22 Apr 2014
Implementing full-speed USB on NXP LPC microcontrollers

Implementing full-speed USB on NXP LPC microcontrollers

Are you encountering any issues with developing a full-speed USB application on NXP’s LPC microcontrollers? This application note from NXP highlights some of the important issues that you need to be aware of for a typical full-speed USB application. [via]

Implementing full-speed USB on NXP’s LPC microcontrollers – [Link]

18 Apr 2014


By ScienceProg:

Once you start building something with microcontrollers, one thing you need to take in to account is programming adapter. This is a device which allows to upload compiled code in to chip. I don’t know if this is still a fun to build your own DIY programming adapter which is not guaranteed to support all chips nor it will be safe and reliable. AVR microcontroller niche is one of most interesting when talking about programmers. If you take a look at AVRDUDE configuration file you will find that there is about 50 of them. Many of them are DIY while other are official.

Choosing right programmer for AVR microcontrollers – [Link]

11 Apr 2014


This project turns the Arduino UNO into a computer running the BASIC programming. languagedan14 @ instructable.com writes:

Hi all, this is my first instructable documenting the creation of my project, the Arduino UNO BASIC shield which turns the Arduino UNO into a computer running the BASIC programming language.

As microcontrollers are essentially low performance computers on a chip (they have a processor, RAM and ROM) they can be used to create small computer systems. The aim of this project was to use AVR microcontrollers to create a computer capable of running the BASIC programming language.

Arduino BASIC Shield – [Link]





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