Archive for the ‘Arduino’ Category

The web site of the day

If you are looking for the code to run your application, there are great chances that you will find the appropriate code to drive a device, control the communication or compute data at . You will find there an exhaustive list of the libraries available from Github, an introduction to what they can do […]

Blog of the day

Thank you Guy for your very informative mail, the kind of request I love and pushes me hard to help. Part of the description of Guy’s project (Controlled heaters for deicing the carburetors from his touring-motor-glider) was a reference to Brett Beauregard’s blog. Although I understand that nowadays Brett’s main preoccupation leads him to a […]

Light sensor (Part 2)

Part 1, 2 In the previous part of this publication, I covered the subject of sensitivity. As for many sensor, the range is very broad and a simple configuration cannot help covering the whole range of light intensities. As in the dated controllers, we might want to use a hand operated sensitivity selector. Although this […]

Power meter (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3 Once the hardware is ready, let’s have a look at the data and the software used to read these data. The customer information can operate in two different modes: historic: for compatibility reasons with older meters, this is the default mode. standard: this new mode, available from the latest Linky meters. […]

Power meter (Part 2)

Part 1, 2, 3 I have been tumbling through the net, looking for interfaces to the TIC. So far, I found two types of reference designs: The quick, dirty, safe but questionable design The academic design Most of the interfaces described on the web are very basic. They feature a single optocoupler and a biasing […]

Power meter (Part 1)

Part 1, 2, 3 Yesterday’s electric meters were mostly electromechanical meters. They were measuring consumption, they required a technician to read the past power consumption, diagnose them and change their parameters such as power ratings Today’s electric meters are communicating meters, which means that they can receive and send data without the need for the […]

Let’s celebrate Apollo XI !

I remember very well the 20th of July 1969… I was in a holiday camp and the director had the bright idea to get a portable TV set, to power it with the battery of his car and he managed to have as many kids as possible watching this event. At this time, I had […]

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 4)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 And here is the driver code. Nothing exceptional just plain good’ol arduino code. Check the writeByte function which contains few tricks and optimizations that are mandatory to achieve a proper timing. Ultimately this code contains a pretty versatile bit-bang UART writer that you may want to reuse in various applications. […]

TASCAM Sound Recorder (Part 3)

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 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 […]