Archive for the ‘Sensors’ Category

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 […]

Random number generator (Part 2)

Part 1, 2, 3 Here is a noisy signal sampled at 100 kHz with an Arduino UNO. The signal has 8 bits of resolution and the divider bridge of the final amplifying stage has been set so that the ADC range matches (without exceeding) the input signal range. Here is the illustration of a vector of 1024 […]

Ultrasonic scanner (Part 2)

Part 1, 2 Most of the electronic diagram shown here should look familiar to the readers of arduinoos posts. The ultrasonic sensor is added to what was described as the test bench for stepper motors. Here is the list of the required components: An Arduino UNO baord (Should I introduce it to you ?) A […]

Ultrasonic scanner (Part 1)

Part 1, 2 And now, something completely different : here is arduinoos’s ultrasonic scanner ! This ultrasonic scanner results from the combination of two main components: an ultrasonic sensor and a stepper motor. Both have already been covered in this blog (here and there). Both component form the head of the scanner which is screwed on top […]

MicroFAN (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3 This part of the subject deals with the code. Nothing exceptional except that it combines multiples libraries: PlainLCD which drives the LCD display, PlainENCi which drives the rotary encoder, PlainTMP for the temperature sensor and PlainEEPROM which handles the erasable memory functions for storing default parameters. Nota: Using equivalent libraries may not cause […]

MicroFAN (Part 2)

Part 1, 2, 3 Let’s talk about some basic electronics. MicroFAN is really easy and requires few affordable electronic components: a 12V fan, Arduino (Uno, Nano, etc.), a 8×2 LCD (a 16×2 LCD will do the job too), a rotary encoder, typically a 30 pulse 15 detents per round (so as to say 1 cycle per […]

Web site of the day

Music has always been part of my life. And the means to listen to music has been a long way. From the 3 transistors amplifier taken from a broken toy record player to the A&R Cambridge amplifier. From the early shoe box home made speaker covered with wood looking adhesive up to the Magneplanar speakers. So that […]

MicroFAN (Part 1)

Part 1, 2, 3 We gained quite a lot of experience after printing few kilometers of ABS on our Makerbot 2x. Controlling the temperature inside the cabinet solved a lot of problems. After few attempts, we decided to modify the printer by adding a fan on top of the transparent cover. The fan is turned […]

MicroHTR (Part 8)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 From the code, one will find the large MenuDriver() function, which is the heart of the menu driver code. Unless you exactly know what you are doing, leave this function unchanged or some harm to your nerves may occur while trying to debug it. It is a pretty compact […]

Publication of the day

Students from the Vaughn College, Flushing, NY, USA published a very interesting paper  on Aid Device for Deaf Drivers. [Download here]. They use FFT in order to extract specific sounds such as honks from a noisy environment in order to trigger a vibrating device located in the drivers’s seat. As they used some of the information published on, […]