Archive for the ‘Applications’ Category

Date and time serial: how to bypass the lack of precision of floats

Data type is probably the first concern for any new programmer in c/c++. These language require in minimal knowledge about integers and floats (Check this thread). Although these data types look familiar to all educated people, the principle of significant figures, which should be the universal way of formatting data, is, most of the time, […]

Checking clock accuracy

This T&T explains how to check the accuracy of a Real Time Clock (RTC). Lets make it a little bit harder and say that you do not have access to the Internet… Checking a RTC requires a highly accurate reference time base which can be read from a radio signal. Starting from there, two options […]

TASCAM Sound Recorder (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4 As per product reviews on the web and as per my personal experience, the DR-40 picks up noises generated by the handling of the device. One way to prevent such noises consists in using a wired remote controller namely the Tascam RC-10. The key component from this option is a […]

FN-M16P MP3 player (Part 2)

Part 1, 2 As seen in the previous post, the MCU (e.g. arduino) and the module are talking each other through a serial communication (UART) at a quite modest rate of 9600 baud. Data is exchanged as packets of 10 bytes according to the following structure: Byte# Function Value Comments 0 Start Byte 0x7E constant 1 […]

FN-M16P MP3 player (Part 1)

Part 1, 2 How come I managed to miss this fancy little module ? It’s my good ol’ friend Sébastien from Quai-Lab who showed me this little piece of electronic which he included in his inMoov robot. Bright idea ! For a few €, his robot will speak and improve its interactions to the public. […]

Particle sensors (Part 1)

Part 1 I am amazed by the massive improvements of sensors along the last 10 years. Not so long ago, some sensors would fit in a shoe box and require 24 VDC, not to talk about the interfaces, weight, etc. These improvements are mainly due to the incorporation of advanced sensors in smart phones: camera, […]

Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS) (Part 9)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Let’s go a few steps further in the direction of a fully featured arbitrary wave generator ! The early posts describe how to generate clean waves at various frequencies. In this post, I will explain how to offset the signal and how to attenuate it. Setting negative offsets requires… negative voltage ! Which Arduino  platforms do […]

PLD (Part 5)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 HL2 PLD may be used for safety applications too. In this configuration, the PLD is able to detect movements up to 7 m away within and almost 90° view angle. It features a PIR (Passive Infra Red) sensor from Panasonic. This sensors is available in different sizes depending on the required range; the enclosures […]

PLD (Part 4)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Using the HL2 PLD (Place and Leave Device) is easy and usefull. We ran the earliest tests on… soil moisture. The reason why we chose this one is that I have always liked to have a green plant in my office and this one might last longer than the others. Because it is fitted […]

PLD (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 The name PLD stands for “Place and Leave Device”. The original design is big enough to encapsulate its power reserve, the radio module, an arduino ™ microcontroller which will run your own code, and connectors for programming, debugging or plugging sensors. The radio module features the HL2 stack which handles data in terms of […]