Smokerduino – Arduino Smoker Controller

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rjkorn @ instructables.com shows us his Arduino Smoker Controller:

I had made a Sous Vide controller and thought it might work well for my smoker too. All I really had to do was change the sensor form a Dallas 18B20 to a thermocouple. The Dallas sensor tops out at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This particular smoker is electric but the controller will work on charcoal fired ones too. You just use the relay to run a fan and motorized damper instead of the heating element.

Smokerduino – Arduino Smoker Controller – [Link]

FLIR MR160 Thermal Imaging & Moisture Meter Review, Teardown & Experiments

The Signal Path Blog published another video reviewing  FLIR MR160 Thermal Imaging & Moisture Meter:

In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the FLIR MR160 Thermal Imaging and Moisture Meter. Featuring Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) technology powered by a FLIR Lepton® thermal imaging sensor, MR160 helps you quickly see temperature patterns that point to potential hidden moisture so you know right where to place the meter probe to capture accurate readings.

After an overview of the camera functions a full teardown of the instrument is presented. The FLIR MR160 is based on a single PIC32 processor with built-in capacitance measurement capability. The MR160 is then used to detect a moisture spot on a floor tiling. The presence of moisture is then verified with both the pin-less and pin-based moisture measurement capability of the MR160. Finally, the MR160 is also used to measure temperature variation across a bank of resistors.

FLIR MR160 Thermal Imaging & Moisture Meter Review, Teardown & Experiments – [Link]

Geiger Backpack with Intel Edison

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Geiger Backpack is a device that measures ambient radioactivity and GPS position and saves them on a cloud database using your smartphone as a WiFi hotspot.

Our project is a portable device powered by an Intel Edison and equipped with a GPS receiver and a Geiger Tube, a sensor able to detect radioactivity.

Our device continuosly measures ambient radioactivity and GPS position and saves them on a cloud database using your smartphone as a WiFi hotspot.

You can turn on your device, put it inside you backpack (here’s the origin of the name), pick up you bike and ride all around you town. When you’re back at home you can view a heatmap of radioactivity level you encountered during your ride.

Geiger Backpack with Intel Edison – [Link]

2 Digit 99 Seconds Timer

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2 Digit Count Down Timer is a utility Count Down timer project for upto 99 seconds of countdown time. This project can find many uses in your shack and home. The relay output remains on during the Count Down period, allowing you to interface load or alarm that you want to keep it on for a certain amount of time (in seconds).

Specifications

  • Microcontroller based design for greater accuracy and control
  • Power supply input 12 VDC 200 mA
  • Two 0.5″ display segments to display time
  • 12V SPDT (Single Pole Double Throw) relay for alarm use
  • Single key start and dual key alarm time set function
  • Power and Relay-On LED indicator
  • Terminal connectors for connecting power supply input and relay output to the PCB
  • Onboard regulator for regulated supply to the kit
  • Crystal resonator based design for better accuracy
  • PCB dimensions 72 mm x 81 mm

2 Digit 99 Seconds Timer – [Link]

Smart Watch

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Matthew Filipek from Cornell Univercity has build a nice smart watch with 1.7 inch touch screen, SD card, Bluetooth module and various apps.

One of the main inspirations for this project was Jared Sanson’s implementation of a DIY smartwatch (REF 0). With several design iterations, he was able to produce a watch in a very small package that can communicate with a PC via USB HID, features an OLED display, and has support for an accelerometer. As my project was to be completed in the span of a mere month, several of the components I got were purchased for their ease of use rather than their compactness.

Smart Watch – [Link]

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SerialUSB: A cheap USB proxy for input devices

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Serialusb is a cheap (~$5) USB proxy intended to be used with input devices. It is the combination of:

  • a PC software operating the host side of the proxy
  • an atmega32u4 firmware operating the device side of the proxy

SerialUSB: A cheap USB proxy for input devices – [Link]

chipKIT Tutorial: Using Nokia 5110 LCD

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Raj @ embedded-lab.com has posted another great tutorial on how to interface a Nokia 5110 LCD to chipKIT board.

Today, we will see how to connect a NOKIA 5110 graphical LCD (used in Nokia 5110 cell phones), which is a 84×48 pixel monochrome display of about 1.5″ diagonal in size. The display can be used for graphics, text, and bitmaps.

chipKIT Tutorial: Using Nokia 5110 LCD – [Link]

Creating G-Code via EAGLE software

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Boris Landoni shows us how to create G-Code using Eagle PCB design software:

To create a PCB with 3Drag , by milling , it is necessary to have the G-Code files for the tracks patterning and for the holes relating to the printed circuit board itself. In this section we describe how to obtain these G-Code files using a specific plugin for the popular PCB design software ” EAGLE “.

Creating G-Code via EAGLE software – [Link]

LTC3643 – 2A Bidirectional Power Backup Supply

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Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3643, a bidirectional, high voltage boost capacitor charger that automatically converts to a buck regulator for system backup. The proprietary, single-inductor topology with integrated PowerPath™ functionality does the work of two separate switching regulators, reducing size, cost and complexity. The LTC3643 operates in two modes – boost charge mode and buck backup mode. The charging mode efficiently charges an electrolytic capacitor array up to 40V with an internal switch current rating of 2A from an input supply between 3V to 17V. In backup mode, when the input supply falls below the programmable power-fail (PFI) threshold, the step-up charger operates in reverse as a synchronous step-down regulator to power and hold up the system rail from the backup capacitor. During backup, the current limit can be programmed from 2A to 4A, making this device ideal for high energy, relatively short duration backup capacitor systems, power failure backup systems, solid-state drives and battery stack charging applications.

LTC3643 – 2A Bidirectional Power Backup Supply – [Link]

Arduino Tutorial: Using a Servo SG90 with Arduino

educ8s.tv shows us how to use a servo motor with Arduino UNO:

A Servo is a small device that has an output shaft. This shaft can be positioned to specific angular positions by sending the servo a coded signal. That’s why we need the Arduino, in oder to send that signal to the servo. Servos in general require a lot of current to operate since they have a motor inside. If you only need to control one small servo like this one you can connect it directly to Arduino. If you need to control two or more servos you need an external power supply or battery pack. Today we are going to use only one servo so we are going to connect it directly to an Arduino Uno. We are using an SG90 micro servo today which is a very popular one and very cheap. It costs around 3$.

Arduino Tutorial: Using a Servo SG90 with Arduino – [Link]