LTC3106 – 300mA Low Voltage Buck-Boost Converter

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The LTC3106 is a highly integrated, 1.6μA quiescent current 300mV startup buck-boost DC/DC converter with PowerPath management, optimized for multisource, low power systems. The LTC3106 is ideal for powering low power wireless sensors from rechargeable or primary batteries supplemented by energy harvesting. If the primary power source is unavailable, the LTC3106 seamlessly switches to the backup power source. The LTC3106 is compatible with either rechargeable or primary cell batteries and can trickle charge a backup battery whenever there is an energy surplus available.The LTC3106 provides 300mA steady state and 650mA peak load current at up to 92% efficiency.

LTC3106 – 300mA Low Voltage Buck-Boost Converter – [Link]

DIY-Thermocam – an open-source, do-it-yourself thermographic camera

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Max Ritter has pointed us to his latest project, the DIY-Thermocam, a open source thermal imager based on FLIR thermal sensor. The results are awesome!

The device is based on the popular FLIR Lepton thermal sensor and uses a Teensy 3.2 mikrocontroller to display live thermal images on a nice 3.2 inch touch screen.

The aim of the project is to give private persons, educational institutes and small companies access to a low-cost thermographic plattform. Offered as a selfy-assembly kit, the DIY-Thermocam is easy to build and use, you just need a basic soldering iron and some tools everyone has at home. The whole firmware is published on Github, so everyone can contribute their own ideas to the software development.

DIY-Thermocam – an open-source, do-it-yourself thermographic camera – [Link]

ESP8266 weather display – work in progress

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Markus Hirsch is working on a ESP8266 weather display using an AVR mcu and an OLED display:

This is a little weather monitor. It has a 2.2″ color display and is powered by an AVR and the ESP8266. The AVR controles the display. The ESP has a custom firmware written in the Arduino IDE and provides all the weather data in a neat and very simple pre-parsed protocol. The AVR can obtain different data via a simple UART command. It is still in development. A 512kB serial SPI flash provides all the icons, images and palette data.

ESP8266 weather display – work in progress – [Link]

CSI Premier 75W and Hakko 936 Solder Station Teardowns

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Todd Harrison @ toddfun.com did the teardown of the CSI 75W solder station as well as the Hakko 936:

The Hakko of course had all analog circuits using operational amplifiers and potentiometers as well as a temperature sensor in the iron tip to signal back to a triac chip controller which would trigger the triac to push 24 V AC through the heater in the iron.

CSI Premier 75W and Hakko 936 Solder Station Teardowns – [Link]

GoPro Remote Control V2

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euerdesign.de shows us the steps to create a GoPro remote control using ESP8226 module and an OLED display:

Hello Makers, in this post, the amazing DIY GoPro remote in it´s second version, with a backlit display and 3 buttons.

GoPro Remote Control V2 – [Link]

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Making circuit boards with DLP projector

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Nuri ERGİNER managed to create his own PCBs using a DLP projector and photo-resist dry film.

Every Maker like me dream a PCB printer which can quickly and precisely convert our electronic idea into a psychical circuit board. I know there are plenty of project going on the subject. (see the end of the article) What I tried here is something different, quick and precise. If you have lots of electronic idea in your mind and most of them have a high probability of fail, the system must be quick and easy.

Making circuit boards with DLP projector – [Link]

Nixie Tube Energy Meter

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John Whittington decided to build a Nixie tube energy meter to measure his house power consumption.

 An Arduino would be the microcontroller but I wanted the meter to provide some form of data stream for a web based energy history. To make it an IoT, I a paired ESP8266 with it. I used both together because the Arduino ADC has a better resolution and has been tried and tested.

Nixie Tube Energy Meter – [Link]

 

Teensy 3.2: A first look at the powerful Arduino compatible board

educ8s.tv reviews the Teensy 3.2 Arduino compatible board and examines if it’s compatible with his existing sketches.

If you need a small but powerful Arduino board, Teesy 3.2 is the best board available today. In this video we take a first look at Teensy 3.2 board, we set it up and we run the blink program. Next we try the code of a previous Arduino project to see if it is really compatible.

Teensy 3.2: A first look at the powerful Arduino compatible board – [Link]

DIY a Simple Automatic Humidifier

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loovee @ instructables.com has build an automatic humidifier that will monitor temperature and humidity and will act if the situation is not ideal.

Water Atomization is a perfect module for you to develop an atomizer or an atomizer module in your applications easily. With just a few simple steps, you can prototype an atomizer. It has Grove interface which makes it easy to be integrated into plenty of applications.

DIY a Simple Automatic Humidifier – [Link]

Keysight EXA Signal Analyzer / Spectrum Analyzer Review, Teardown & Experiments

In this episode Shahriar reviews the Keysight EXA Signal Analyzer / Spectrum Analyzer (N9010A). The X-Series Signal Analyzers and Spectrum analyzers from Keysight are compared against each other. The EXA is a general purpose spectrum analyzer with extensive applications.

Keysight EXA Signal Analyzer / Spectrum Analyzer Review, Teardown & Experiments – [Link]