This project is about building a PC-based temperature and relative humidity logger using the chipKIT Uno32 board and the DHT11 sensor. The project setup requires no additional wires (other than the USB cable) and components; the DHT11 sensor is directly plugged into four I/O pins of the Uno32 board and the project is ready to go. This could be a handy and an easiest way to setup an ambient room monitoring system for a server room. The Uno32 reads the temperature and relative humidity from the DHT11 sensor at preset interval and sends the data to PC through the USB-UART interface. A PC application is developed using the open-source Processing programming platform to log data onto an ASCII file. The PC application also displays the real-time temperature and relative humidity on computer screen.
chipKIT Project 2: Temperature and relative humidity logger - [Link]
Lattice Semi has released their iCEstick eval board. This board has a high-performance, low-power iCE40HX1K FPGA on board and has a USB thumb drive form factor. IO connectors include 16 LVCMOS/LVTTL (3.3 V) digital I/O connections on 0.1” through-hole connections and a 2 x 6 position Digilent Pmod connector for other peripheral connections. The board’s FTDI 2232H USB device allows iCE device programming and UART interface to a PC. On board devices include a Vishay TFDU4101 IrDA transceiver and five user LEDs. The board also includes a Discera 12 Mhz MEMS oscillator, Micron 32 Mbit N25Q32 SPI flash and is powered directly from the USB connector. [via]
Lattice debuts iCEstick FPGA Evaluation Board at $24.99 - [Link]
Saelig Company Inc. (www.saelig.com) has introduced new Warrior Modules containing the complete electronics required for joystick, mouse or I/O functionality via USB. Based on the successful Warrior USB-interface ICs, these new boards accept analog inputs in the range of 0V to 5V, are compatible with most joystick sensors, and also facilitate measurement, sensor, and other I/O applications.
Warrior ICs from Code Mercenaries are a family of universal I/O controllers for USB that handle all USBʼs complex protocol details without needing Windows drivers since Warrior ICs appear to the OS as HID Device Class (Human Interface Device). This means that Warrior ICs are controlled without screen-prompting for additional software – standard system drivers allow access to Warrior ICs directly from application programs. (A Linux driver is also available.)
Need to connect simple devices to a computer, like relays, switches, or a small display, but the computer has no parallel port or that port is in use by some other device? Using USB used to mean that you had to develop specific code for a USB-enabled microcontroller, developing a unique driver with lots of documentation and using expensive development systems. Using USB to serial adapters is not a good option either, since the adapters don’t have much intelligence and require a lot of programming.
Warrior Modules contains complete electronics for joystick, mouse or I/O functionality via USB - [Link]
Alex Sidorenko writes:
From time to time many of us are facing the same problem when trying to charge your smartphone or tablet from the USB port – it just not charging. Recently I have bought USB car charger to power my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the road just to discover it doesn’t work. Even though the Galaxy actually sees the charger connected is just marking it as unrecognized power source. I was trying to power up my Motorola Droid 3 phone – it won’t work either. The reason is simple – the Galaxy Tab doesn’t recognize the charging device as “native charger”.
What is “native” charger?
The native charger for smartphone or tablet often have a special voltage signature on USB data pins to let the device recognize the charger and figure out the maximum charging current it can consume from the power source. The intent is twofold. First, it is stopping the device from consuming too much current from the charger. Second, it is preventing the charging from unrecognized power sources. The “unrecognized” is the keyword here, as profiting from selling additional device accessories (chargers) is definitely a business strategy.
Charging your Smartphone from USB without fear - [Link]
Another low component count USB to serial converter module is based on the FT230XS from FTDI Chip. The FT230XS is outfitted in SSOP-16 packaging. The first incarnation of FT230X chips got a nasty bug when the chip inadvertently goes into suspend mode triggered by certain byte sequences. The FT230X releases A, B and C were affected, see FTDI Chip TN_139 Technical Note. The resistor R1 connected to CBUS3 pin is providing workaround, keeping the chip awake. The Eagle projects files are here.
USB to Serial Breakout Board for FTDI FT230X - [Link]
keolerea @ instructables.com writes:
This work includes, GTP USB (not plus or lite) .
The schematic, photos and PCB have been developed by PICMASTERS based on some valuable works done before.
This programmer supports pic10F, 12F, 16C, 16F, 18F,24Cxx Eeprom.
Unfortunately, it works with only Winpic800 v.355. We have succesfully tried it with some pics; PIC18F252, 18F2455, 18F2550, 18F2520, 16F84, 16F628 and 24C32 eeprom.
GTP USB Pic Programmer - [Link]
Milen @ instructables.com writes:
The purpose of the project was to create an external USB audio card, which could be able to:
1) serve as usual external USB audio card with headphone/line output and audio line input
2) can transmit the digital audio data at relatively long distance (20m -100m)
3) can receive and process the digital audio data send by the similar card and either transfer it through the USB to the PC, or convert it to analog audio signal
As long distance transfer media was chosen the POF.
A short explanation of the POF technology will be presented:
External USB audio card with optical S/PDIF POF interface - [Link]
Here’s a handy USB Breakout Board that makes measuring USB 2.0 current draw, data, or whatever, a snap.
USB Breakout Board - [Link]
A small, low cost USB-capable Inertial Measurement Unit with open-source software. For electronics projects, robotics and UAVs
Thalamus is a small board containing a USB-capable 32-bit 72MHz ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis magnetometer and barometer.
Thalamus started out life as a flight controller for the R10 Quadrotor systems, providing stabilization at 400Hz. However, packing a fast microcontroller with native USB capabilities, and with two SPI ports for communications, Thalamus is a perfect low-cost IMU board for robotics projects, as well as PC-connected applications.
Thalamus IMU – Motion sense/control board for your projects - [Link]