Temperature / Altitude / Pressure Display using BMP180

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by Mahesh Venkitachalam:

I was in Bhutan last December, and as we travelled to different locations, I kept wondering what the temperature and altitude was, and wished I had some gizmo that would show me these values. Back home, I did a bit of research on altitude sensors, and one that came up was the cheap BMP180 sensor. It measures temperature and pressure, and the latter can be used to calculate the altitude. It’s been lying around with me the past few months, and now I’ve finally gotten around to building a display around it.

Temperature / Altitude / Pressure Display using BMP180 – [Link]

Tiny Card Deals with your Motions

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by elektor.com:

The 17 mm square MM7150 Motion Module from Microchip Technology is a complete, small form-factor board containing a 3-axis accelerometer, 6-axis digital compass and gyroscope sensors pre-programmed with integrated calibration and sensor fusion algorithms. Connections to the board include I2C, power and ground. The board operates at 3.3 V and consumes about 7.68 mA in active mode and around 70 µA in deep sleep.

Features:
Read position & motion data over I2C
Small size 17×17
Pre-programmed and calibrated
Single sided – can be soldered down
SSC7150 motion coprocessor with integrated sensor fusion
9-axis Sensors (accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope)

Tiny Card Deals with your Motions – [Link]

Manufacturing Process of USB Armory

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by USB Armory:

The USB Armory batch production is almost complete and we would like to take this opportunity to provide some details about the manufacturing process. The journey that takes the USB Armory design from schematics to the physical board is truly fascinating and involves several steps.

We decided from a very early stage to manufacture and assemble the USB Armory PCB 100% in Italy, which is where Inverse Path is based. This allows us to efficiently interact with our suppliers and ensure the quality that the USB Armory boards deserve.

The PCB manufacturing is done by TVR, a high quality “Just in Time” manufacturer founded in 1975. Their manufacturing capabilities, efficiency and process quality are remarkable, they are highly praised for the quick turnover in producing complex PCBs with an extremely low failure rate.

Manufacturing Process of USB Armory – [Link]

Immediately available TFT modules with capacitive touch panels

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Simply applicable graphic platform FTDI EVE simplifies development thanks to immediately-usable display modules with capacitive touch panels.

FTDI „Embedded Video Engine“ (EVE) platform may be familiar to you from our article like „Be in plus with a graphic platform FTDI VM800P “.

FT800, as a powerful graphic platform with minimum requirements for a host MCU will meet your requirements with a high probability. Into the final application, you´ll probably use only the “heart of the system” itself – chip FT800 (supporting resistive touch panels) or chip FT801 (supporting capacitive panels) but for the beginning it´s certainly a good idea to start with a suitable module, which only needs to be switched-on and it´s possible to start writing and evaluating a SW application.

Thanks to ready-made modules series VM801 nothing prevents you from trying this platform in your application.. VM801 series modules are available in 2 variants:

  • VM801B – „basic“ module with the FT801 chip, display and accessory circuits. It is a basic module for evaluation of applications. Its main benefit is that you don´t need to design a PCB but you have a well-tried functional unit with a display and also a precise bezel.
  • VM801P – „plus“ module with the FT801 and the AtMEGA328P/16MHz microcontroller. A powerful module capable of a standalone operation, also supporting Arduino libraries.

Further, VM801 are available with 4,3“ as well as 5“ displays (480×272 px), both with capacitive touch panel. Modules VM801 are suitable for development, but also for a small-series production, when it´s simpler and cheaper to use such a module than to develop all the hardware portion. Detailed description can be found in the VM801B and VM801P datasheets.

Immediately available TFT modules with capacitive touch panels – [Link]

Simple RFID based Door Lock using Arduino

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by JOJO @ circuitstoday.com:

Its quiet fun to work with RFID based projects! In the previous article, we saw how to interface RFID with Arduino. Interfacing is the first step to create any useful project. So why don’t we create an RFID based Access Control System or an RFID based Door Lock using Arduino? The system I have designed here is a simple version of the project. This project can be enhanced with a lot of features (which I will be doing in the next version of this project – Advanced RFID based Door Lock). So lets begin!

Simple RFID based Door Lock using Arduino – [Link]

ESP8266 WiFi touch screen thermostat

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by EasyIoT @ instructables.com:

In this tutorial we will show how to build WiFi controlled thermostat with ESP8266, Arduino and touch screen display. Thermostat will also show other info, like weather forecast and temperature outside. Total cost for thermostat is about 40EUR, which is price for basic commercial thermostat in shop.

Basic features:

6 modes – Auto, Off, LOLO, LO, HI, HIHI
Touch screen
WiFi connected
Four set temperatures (LOLO, LO, HI, HIHI) and weekly schedule
Time display
Additional data display – temperature in other room, air pressure and weather forecast

ESP8266 WiFi touch screen thermostat – [Link]

 

Dual op amp affords 30-µV precision

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by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com

Supplied in an 8-lead MSOP, the LT6023 dual micropower op amp from Linear Technology provides an input offset voltage of 30 µV maximum and settles to 0.01% in 60 µs, making it useful for multiplexed data-acquisition systems and precision signal processing. Proprietary slew-enhancement circuitry results in a fast, clean output step response with low power consumption.

Specially designed input circuitry maintains high impedance, which minimizes current spikes associated with fast steps for input steps up to 5 V. Slew rate is 1 V/µs, while maximum supply current is 20 µA/amplifier. The LT6023 also includes a shutdown mode that reduces supply current to less than 3 µA when the part is not active. An enable time of 480 µs and a fast slew rate combine to provide power-efficient operation in duty-cycled applications.

Dual op amp affords 30-µV precision – [Link]

Arduino IDE released for ESP8266

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Richard over at ESP8266 CommunityForum writes,

I have setup a new section for ESP8266 Arduino as IGRR and myself have successfully ported the Arduino IDE over to the ESP8266 and have it all working very nicely now. ESP8266 Arduino and the code is on github, we have also set up a compilation server and executables will also be available for download. So go to town and start writing Arduino code the ESP8266! Get your ideas off the ground in no time! FAST!

Arduino IDE released for ESP8266 – [Link]

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Raspberry Pi Solar Weather Station

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by PiJuice @ instructables.com:

Spurred on by the completion of my two previous projects, the Compact Camera and Portable Games Console, I wanted to find a new challenge. The natural progression was an outdoor remote system…

I wanted to build a Raspberry Pi weather station that was able to sustain itself off grid and send me the results through a wireless connection, from anywhere! This project really has had its challenges, but luckily powering the Raspberry Pi is one of the main challenges that has been made easy by using the PiJuice as a power supply with it’s added solar support.

Raspberry Pi Solar Weather Station – [Link]

Find transistor replacements and information

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You can find technical information about transistors and replacements with just a few clicks at www.info-transistor.info

Find transistor replacements and information – [Link]