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13 Jul 2014


Discovering of overheating and joints with a high resistance has never been easier and safer. With the type Flir i3 now moreover price-affordable.

Thermal cameras, i.e. cameras sensitive in infrared range bring a useful information – picture with virtual colors responding to a temperature of a scanned surface. Maybe, at the word “thermal camera” you too get an idea about a well known usage in buildings – inspection of a heat leakage (thermal bridges) = status of a thermal insulation of buildings. But that´s only one of many ways to use these devices. In electronics and power engineering it´s far more interesting for example:

  • searching for faults on a PCB, optimizing of layout in respect to an even heat distribution
  • inspection of distribution boxes with cables, terminal blocks and circuit breakers
  • inspection of motors and transformers
  • inspection of cables interconnections (overheating caused by a high resistance)
  • inspection of cooling efficiency – heatsinks, fans, …
  • inspection of solar panels

…and all this at full operation and under (often high) voltage.

„I have an infrared thermometer, thus I need no camera” – this is a frequent opinion – until the time, you once try working with a camera. The joke is, that one picture from for example camera Flir i3 with resolution of “only” 60×60 pixels equals to 3600 measurements of an IR thermometer. It can be said, that one picture taken by the camera even exceeds 3600 measurements (done by an IR thermometer), because a spatial resolution of the thermal camera is usually better (surface measured by one pixel is smaller) than that of IR thermometers. This way it can happen, that a small source of heat (for example a small overheated component) can´t be discovered by an IR thermometer, while with a camera it will be clearly visible. Naturally, there are many applications where only an IR thermometer is sufficient, but cameras are far better for a professional usage and a maximum work efficiency.

That´s why we decided to incorporate into our offer the world renowned cameras from company FLIR, which is on the edge of development in this segment. As a standard stock item can be found type Flir i3 (3600 px) with resolution of 0.15°C and a viewing angle 12,5°x 12,5°. Big 2,8“ TFT display shows all necessary information and settings. Very advantageous is a possibility to store up to 5000 snapshots into a uSD card (2GB, jpg) and a consequent transfer of files into a PC through a USB. Further detailed information will provide you the Flir i3 datasheet.
Upon order we´re able to supply you any other type from company FLIR in a short leadtime..

Even hidden faults can be found with FLIR thermal cameras - [Link]

27 Jun 2014


Raspberry Pi PiTFT Weather Station:

More tinkering with the wonderful Adafruit 2.8″ Touchscreen TFT module (PiTFT) for the Raspberry Pi. This time a weather station drawing data from weather.com.

Luckily there’s a wonderful python module to extract data from three popular weather services; python-weather-api supports NOAA, Yahoo! Weather and weather.com. This makes life so much easier.

Download the module and install in the usual way; there are instructions in their wiki.

A simple way to display the raw data in a more readable form is to use Pretty Print (pprint) which is installed by default on Respbian. Just change the code in the call to weather.com in the script below to your town which can be found in the URL if you use the weather.com web page….


PiTFT Weather Station - [Link]

18 Jun 2014


0xPIT @ github.com writes:

This Reflow Oven Controller relies on an Arduino Pro Micro, which is similar to the Leonardo and easily obtainable on eb*y for less than $10, plus my custom shield, which is actually more like a motherboard.

As I believe it is not wise to have a mess of wiring and tiny breakout-boards for operating mains powered equipment, I’ve decided to design custom board with easily obtainable components.

The hardware can be found in the folder hardware, including the Eagle schematics and PCB layout files. It should fit the freemium version of Eagle

Reflow Oven Controller with graphics TFT - [Link]

25 May 2014


“Plus” version of new graphic modules FTDI with an EVE technology brings a big plus in a form of a compatibility with an Arduino platform. 

Innovative graphic chips of the family EVE were introduced to you in our article: Is a display design difficult? Leave it to „Eve“! or also in the webinar in cooperation with the producer – FTDI. This time company FTDI comes with another significant step to make development easier – compatibility with an Arduino platform.
New versions of VM800 modules with the „P“ (Plus) suffix contain besides the graphic chip FT800 and a touch display (3,5/4,3 a 5,0“) a RISC procesor ATMEGA328P (16 MHz) with a precompiled Arduino „bootloader“ (from the supplied 4GB uSD card). It means, that applications can be developed in a free Arduino IDE environment and to use a huge amount of Arduino libraries. “Plus” version also contains a USB interface with the FT232R chip and a precise bezel (Black or Pearl). Also available are over 50 sample “EVE” applications including various gauges, keyboards and other usable in a target device. It can be said, that the Plus series is designed to be directly used not only for development, but also into a target device as a standalone graphic module (HMI) able to control even other peripheries and to communicate through a USB port. The module can be powered through a microUSB connector or from an external 5V adapter.

FTDI brings for a maximum versatility two possibilities of programming:
• through a so called HAL interface (Hardware Abstraction Layer ) enabling cooperation with various MCUs through an SPI interface as described in the Application Note 246 – VM800CB_SampleApp_Arduino_Introduction
• by using Arduino libraries as described in the document Application Note 318 – Arduino_Library_For_FT800_Series

Thanks to a close cooperation with the producer we already have first pieces in of VM800P modules in stock. Detailed information can be found in the VM800P datasheet.

Be in plus with a graphic platform FTDI VM800P - [Link]

17 May 2014


Maybe the most well designed reflow oven controller out there @ andybrown.me.uk:

It’s been so long since I had the idea for this project that I can’t remember why I had the idea in the first place. At least I blame it on the passage of time although this engineer is getting on a bit now so it could easily be memory rot on my part. So here we are then, a reflow oven controller. Let’s quickly recap what a reflow oven is for those that are new around here.

The two main processes used in industry to build printed circuit boards are wave soldering and reflow using a very large industrial oven that you probably can’t afford and if you could afford to buy it you probably couldn’t afford to house or run it.

An open-source Cortex-M0 halogen reflow oven controller with TFT LCD - [Link]

26 Apr 2014


This instructable will show you how to build a portable Touch Screen Oscilloscope for less than 40 U$! johnag @ instructables.com writes:

The oscilloscope is one of the most powerful electronic instruments that is available to electronics hobbyist, experimenters, and engineers. It is mainly used to measue time-varying signals. Any time you have a signal that varies with time( slowly, quickly, and /or periodically ) you can use an oscilloscope to measure it , visualize it, and to find any unexpected features in it.

Make an Oscilloscope using the SainSmart Mega2560 - [Link]

19 Feb 2014


If you want to go to the heart of a thing, then LCD TFT displays Winstar are right for you.

It can be said, that nowadays in the most cases it´s cheaper and faster to use a ready-made graphic module. From this category we keep in stock for example eDIP TFT modules from company Electronic Assembly, intelligent modules from company 4D Systems or also a hot novelty from company FTDI – technology EVE.

Naturally, despite this, it´s possible, that simply a ready-made intelligent module which would meet all your demands simply doesn´t exist. For these cases we have for you color TFT LCD displays from company WinStar (Taiwan). In our standard stock offer can be found displays WF43GTIB (4.3“, 480×272), WF57ETIB (5.7“, 320×240) and WF70HTIF (7.0“, 800×480). Displays incorporate a modern display controller SSD1963 supporting various communication formats, that´s why they offer so to say a free hand and a full control at your design. An idea about possibilities of these displays will give you an application note SSD1963 as well as datasheets WF43GTIBEDBT0 WF57ETIBCDBT0 and WF70HTIFGDBT0.

Company Winstar produces a large amount of various versions of displays, also without controllers.

Displays for those, who want to have everything under control - [Link]

22 Jan 2014

raspberry_pi_pi-camMake your own digital camera using Raspberry Pi

This learning project from Adafruit describes how to make your own point-and-shoot digital camera using the Raspberry Pi board. In addition, you will also need the Raspberry Pi Camera Board, a TFT touchscreen, a battery pack and a Wifi adapter to automatically transfer pictures to another PC for editing.


Make your own digital camera using Raspberry Pi - [Link]

19 Nov 2013
Atmel’s Core-A5-based MPU handles displays up to 2048 × 2048

Atmel’s Core-A5-based MPU handles displays up to 2048 × 2048

By Jim Harrison:

The human-machine interface, once simply known as an “operator panel” or “terminal”, is changing rapidly, due to the graphical, visual way operators now interact with an industrial machine or process. At one time, designers of these systems could get by with a three-line segmented LCD display. Today, LCD interfaces are quickly replacing traditional LED and segment LCD displays as designers take advantage of the aesthetic, flexibility, and cost benefits they provide.

MCUs with High-Resolution Graphics Control - [Link]

15 Sep 2013


A new STM32F4 discovery board has been announced, featuring a 2.4″ QVGA TFT LCD (without touch sensor), 64Mbit of SDRAM, a Gyro and all pins available through pin headers. The data brief is available for download and the board lists for $24USD. [via]

New STM32F4 discovery board features TFT LCD - [Link]





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