Posts Tagged ‘Sensors’

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, […]

Metal detector (Part 1)

“Dear cousin, I lost my keys in the middle of the meadows, would you please make a metal detector for me ? Urgent !“ This is really how this project started ! More or less, as I have in mind the design of an Earth’s Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer which features magnetic fields sensors on […]

Switch Mode Power Supplies (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3 Current sensing. This part is probably the most critical and most uneasy. It is critical because current sensing will protect both the power supply and the driven load from excessive currents and thus excessive amounts of energy dissipated in both the source and the receiver. There are multiple designs available for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Publication of the day

Raymond McNamara from the NUI Galway committed his final year works to “Embedded Implementation of Embedded Algorithms of Power System Monitoring” Quality of AC power is definitely a contemporary problem. Many disturbances are generated by the variety of power sources including, and the list is non-exhaustive, solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power. Harmonic frequencies in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]