by Steve Taranovich @ edn.com:
A circuit or system designer’s job is a difficult one. Fraught with design compromises to be made and challenges to overcome that are sometimes seemingly insurmountable. That’s why our personalities are programmed to solve problems and “Think outside the box”. The best designers don’t even know there is a box!
I see so many new product offerings every day that “fill a hole in our line” or are simply another op amp or regulator for the portfolio among a sea of analog and power devices out there. I turn away the great majority of these so-called “new” products because my readers need innovative solutions with options that can meet their many and varied design needs. Time to market is the mantra in the industry.
Power management for wearables: Designer options - [Link]
Here’s a cheap and simple Laser Power Meter LPM for small power source, based on “MarioMaster LPM meter” by Davide Gironi:
This type of meter uses a ThermoElectric Cooling module (TEC) to measure the power of a laser. The TEC will absorb the laser light, and transform the heat generated by the laser beam to an electrical signal.
An operational amplifier is used then to amplify the signal and ouput it to a volt meter.
Voltage meter will display the power in W unit of the laser beam you are testing.
The TEC takes a little amount of time to heat, so wait until your reading became stable.
This type of meter is simple and cheap to build.
It can measure laser power up to 2W, with an accurancy of +-10mW.
A cheap and simple Laser Power Meter LPM for small power source - [Link]
This project is a solution to power up most of devices or projects requiring dual (+/-) adjustable power supply. The circuit is based on LM317 positive and LM337 negative voltage regulators. LM317 series of adjustable 3 terminal regulator is capable of supplying in excess of 1.5A over a 1.2V to 30V DC output range, due to TO3 package of IC and large heat sink the power supply can handle maximum load current.
Dual Adjustable Power Supply - [Link]
This project is based on the 0-30 VDC Stabilized Power Supply with Current Control 0.002-3 A and a new PCB layout is introduced here. It’s a stabilized power supply with variable output voltage in the range 0-30Vdc (33Vdc peak) – and variable current 3A and is ideal for your laboratory power supply.
0-30V Laboratory Power Supply - [Link]
Organic LED, microprocessor controlled, intelligent energy source for all of your electronic devices.
Legion is a portable energy source with a built-in Organic LED display coupled with a microprocessor. It can charge any USB powered electronic devices. Unlike a traditional portable battery where you’re left in the dark about the state of charge of your battery, Legion learns how you use your electronic devices and displays precisely how much more time (day:hours:minutes) you have remaining until you run out of power. Legion uses premium grade Lithium Polymer batteries designed to maximize your energy density while packing it into the smallest area possible. Legion is proudly designed in Silicon Valley, California.
LeGion Halves Phone Charge Times – [Link]
abhishek7xavier @ instructables.com writes:
Power supply is an utmost essential tool for an electronic lab. It comes in handy for powering up various applications and circuits. However a fixed voltage, fixed current power supply is sufficient for basic needs but a variable one is good to have because different circuits and components operate at different voltages and consumes different current. When it comes to an electronic hobbyist’s lab, a good power supply is must to have. Also if the power supply boosts additional features like on board voltage and current display, it comes in handy as one can know the exact voltage at the output terminals and also the current drawn by the load. But in the electronic market, those power supplies are not economic are meant for industrial purpose . Here in this article I present an economical and cost effective yet efficient variable bench power supply that is capable of providing 1.2 to 25 Volt variable supply up to 5 Ampere through one channel while 5 Volt, 1 Ampere and 12 Volt, 1 Ampere supply through other two channels thus having one variable and two fixed supply channels.
DIY Variable DC Power Supply with Display and PC interface - [Link]
Kerry Wong built a DIY constant current/constant power electronic load. It can sink more than 200W of power:
A while back I built a simple constant current electronic load using an aluminum HDD cooler case as the heatsink. While it was sufficient for a few amps’ load under low voltages, it could not handle load much higher than a few dozen watts at least not for a prolonged period of time. So this time around, I decided to build a much beefier electronic load so it could be used in more demanding situations.
One of the features a lot of commercial electronic loads has in common is the ability to sink constant power. Constant power would come in handy when measuring battery capacities (Wh) or testing power supplies for instance. To accommodate this, I decided to use an Arduino (ATmega328p) microcontroller.
Building a constant current/constant power electronic load - [Link]
Wireless power. It’s less sci-fi sounding than it once was, thanks to induction charging like that based on the Qi standard, but that’s still a tech that essentially requires contact, if not incredibly close proximity. Magnetic resonance is another means to achieve wireless power, and perfect for much higher-demand applications, like charging cars. But there’s been very little work done in terms of building a solution that can power your everyday devices in a way that doesn’t require thought or changing the way we use our devices dramatically.
Cota By Ossia Aims To Drive A Wireless Power Revolution And Change How We Think About Charging - [Link]
Steve Taranovich writes:
This is a first in a series of stories called “EEvolution of an idea” showing how a good idea got its start and evolved into a viable product in the electronics industry. I would ask our faithful EDN readers to comment on this series idea and if there is a good positive response which views this as something useful and educational to our readers, then I would like to continue with more interesting and innovative stories like this.
I was recently alerted to an innovative new product called the PortPilot in a comment to an article on EDN.
PortPilot Pro is an inline USB power analyzer, designed by J. Loren Passmore. Passmore describes himself as “an entrepreneur who consults with companies in a variety of industries to envision innovative products and speed their path to market.
Innovative inline USB power analyzer - [Link]