Tag Archives: Android

FUN but REAL: Manually or lying down

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Yes, these are your options when you want to set time relay of 12.51 series from Finder producer.

Italian producer accommodated less active installers that can now set, resp. program time relay also lying down. Of course, something for something – you need to have a computer but luckily it is something that almost any installer has in his pocket – a smartphone supporting NFC. So, how does it work and what needs to be done:
● Select the appropriate moment – it can be even in the middle of the night
● Choose a comfortable bed – empty one would be the best, so you don’t get distracted by anything
● Put on a comfy clothes – even dungarees, but in that case we suggest covering the bed with polythene
● For the first time, you need to be able to connect to wi-fi from the bed so you can easily download free app FINDER Toolbox from the GooglePlay.

Lay comfortably down – the most well-known and used positions are these four:

  • on the back
  • on the belly
  • on the side version L (on the left)
  • on the side version R (on the right)

In case of using a polythene, you can use all four positions also with legs on the pillow

  • The work itself is just a “game on the phone”
  • Start the game FinderToolbox. Set when and for how long you want that thing to be on and save the settings.
  • The most difficult phase of programming is about to get started. Get off the bed, come to the time relay and touch the actual time relay with your smartphone – that’s when the settings will be transferred to relay

Time relay 12.51 looks like an ordinary time relay on a DIN rail with big nice display backlight – blue signs on white background that effectively shows the necessary information.

Relay also allows programming with joystick (thus manually). This mode is for those who cannot relax while working.


FUN but REAL: Manually or lying down – [Link]

Mobilinkd – Highly mobile packet radio

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If you enjoy APRS (the Automatic Packet Reporting System) in US and Canada this device will make your life easier. All you need is the tiny board, your radio and an Android phone.

Introducing the Mobilinkd Bluetooth APRS® TNC. With your radio, your Android phone and this TNC, you have everything you need to get started with APRS — all at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated APRS® radio, and with a better user interface than any APRS® HT on the market.

Mobilinkd – Highly mobile packet radio – [Link]

UP – Intel x5-Z8300 board in a Raspberry Pi2 form factor

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UP, the credit card computer board for makers powered by Intel Quad Core Atom X5-8300 1.84GHz, running Linux, Windows 10, and Android

We haven’t seen anything like that on the market. We saw plenty of cost effective boards, often powered by RISC technology, and industrial solutions with a wide range of standard form factors, performance and technology but with high prices and poor or absent community support. We tried to merge the best of the two worlds, makers and industrial market. Maybe we were asking for too much. Or maybe not. We put the best x86 low power consumption and high performance technology available today in the market into a credit card size board and created a community to support it.
The answer is UP.

UP is a credit card size board which merges the benefits of Raspberry Pi2, the standard “de facto” of makers with the high performance and low power consumption of latest tablet technology : the Intel Cherry Trail Atom Quad Core x5-Z8300 64 bits up to 1.84GHz ( http://ark.intel.com/products/87383/Intel-Atom-x5-Z8300-Processor-2M-Cache-up-to-1_84-GHz ). Thanks to the 14nm technology, the CPU is rated at only 2W SDP.

UP – Intel x5-Z8300 board in a Raspberry Pi2 form factor – [Link]

Open source pocket USB oscilloscope; 30 MHz, multi-platform

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by Graham Prophet @ edn-europe.com:

Running on Apple iPad, Android, Microsoft Windows and Linux, LabNation’s (Antwerp, Belgium) open source USB oscilloscope, SmartScope, is the result of a Kickstarter campaign commenced in 2014 – the project raised 645% of the funding goal within 30 days.

Believed to be the first test equipment designed to run on multiple operating systems and platforms such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, the lightweight SmartScope is powered directly from the host’s USB interface suiting it for many test and measurement applications far from the workbench.

Open source pocket USB oscilloscope; 30 MHz, multi-platform – [Link]

An Android Reflow controller that anyone can build

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Andy build an android reflow controller based on ATMega8L . He writes:

Welcome to the never ending saga of Andy and his reflow controllers. About a year ago I published a project writeup showing how I built a PID-based reflow controller. It featured a 640×360 graphical LCD from the Sony U5 Vivaz mobile phone and was all-surface mount. It worked well and continues to serve me well to this day but I always thought that there were improvements that I could make in several areas.

Firstly, there’s no reason why it should have been all surface-mount. The LCD in particular has a 0.4mm connector that many people will find very hard to solder by hand. After all, presumably you’re building a reflow controller to help solve that very problem. Chicken and egg.

An Android Reflow controller that anyone can build – [Link]

The Creator C120 dev Board

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by elektor.com:

Although originally announced back in August, the Creator C120 development board from Imagination Technologies can now be pre-ordered for delivery in January 2015. This capable little board can run Linux and Android. The board’s hardware includes a dual core, 1.2GHz MIPS32 based processor, PowerVR SGX540 graphics, 1GB DDR3 memory and a 4GB flash memory. It comes pre-installed with Debian 7 and other Linux distributions will be available in the future, including Gentoo and Yocto, as well as a version of Debian 7 that complies with the principles of the Free Software Foundation. Users can also install the latest version of Android v4.4.

The Creator C120 dev Board – [Link]

SOS webinar – Looking for a powerful platfom for your Linux applications?

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SOS Webinar @ 2014.10.29 10:00 – 11:30 CET

UDOO is a powerful single board embedded SBC based on the powerful Freescale i.MX6 chip, which offers complete and powerful platform for your applications.

  • General introduction to the UDOO Board
  • Hardware features
  • Main aspects regarding the creation of projects with it
  • main aspects of creating a Linux or Android project with UDOO boards
  • Examples
  • Q&A

SOS webinar – Looking for a powerful platfom for your Linux applications? – [Link]

Code generator for custom Android/Arduino menus

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by drmpf @ instructables.com:

The first instructable shows you how to use the free pfodDesigner available on GooglePlay to design Android menus to switch Ardunio outputs on and off from your Android mobile, without you having to write any program code at all. The Fish Tank picture above shows the example designed in this instructable.

The example project shown here is suitable for complete beginners. This instructable does not require any soldering and No coding experience is required.

Once you have finished this instructable you will be able to design whatever menus you need to switch Arduino outputs on and off. When you have completed the second instructable (to be posted later) you will be able to switch real things on and off from your Android mobile, via relays connected to Arduino’s digital outputs.

Code generator for custom Android/Arduino menus – [Link]

IOS-Controlled Arduino waveform generator

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by Annikken @ instructables.com:

This waveform generator is based on the work by Amanda Ghassaei. Waveform generators (or function generators) are used for testing and debugging circuits. e.g. frequency response of op amp or sensors. This waveform generator is powered by Arduino with Annikken Andee shield – a device that lets users create iOS/Android interfaces without iOS or Android programming at all. It outputs sine, triangle, saw and square waves. Frequency is controlled by means of a slider (on iOS/Android device) and wave type is selected using on screen iOS/Android button. With a iOS/Android interface, you can add certain features not possible with hardware buttons. E.g. displaying different ranges of frequencies for each wave type, displaying meaningful controls for certain wave types. For example, the pulse width modulation slider is only visible for square wave types, its not visible for sine, triangle or saw wave forms.

IOS-Controlled Arduino waveform generator – [Link]