Monthly Archives: October 2016

Improve your programming skills with an oscilloscope

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Starting a new project is always a fun yet effective way to hone your skills while exploring circuitry and programming. To help improve his engineering chops, Joop Brokking recently bought an inexpensive oscilloscope (a device for visualizing voltage over time in an x-y graph) and connected it to an Arduino Uno. He then shared his findings in a detailed tutorial on YouTube.

In the video below, Brokking is using a Hantek 6022BE 20MHz dual-channel oscilloscope and provides three examples to better understand what can go wrong when building a simple Arduino setup.

Free PCB Sunday: Pick your PCB

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We go through a lot of prototype PCBs, and end up with lots of extras that we’ll never use. Every Sunday we give away a few PCBs from one of our past or future projects, or a related prototype. Our PCBs are made through Seeed Studio’s Fusion board service. This week two random commenters will get a coupon code for the free PCB drawer tomorrow morning. Pick your own PCB. You get unlimited free PCBs now – finish one and we’ll send you another! Don’t forget there’s free PCBs three times every week:

Some stuff:

  • Yes, we’ll mail it anywhere in the world!
  • Be sure to use a real e-mail in the address field so we can contact you with the coupon.
  • Limit one PCB per address per month please.
  • Like everything else on this site, PCBs are offered without warranty.
  • PCBs are scrap and have no value, due to limited supply it is not possible to replace a board lost in the post

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App note: SOLERIQ® L38

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OSRAM’s filament looking LED application note. Link here (PDF)

SOLERIQ® L38 (GW T3LxF1) is a filament LED with a beam angle of 360deg for indoor retrofit lighting applications. It combines the advantages of modern LED technology with the aesthetics of traditional light bulbs.

The construction of the SOLERIQ® L38 consists of a ceramic based frame with two alloy connectors at both ends. A number of highly efficient LED chips (depending on the lumen package) is mounted on the ceramic based frame and they are electrically connected through wire bonding, covered by a colored diffused silicone resin.

Free PCB coupon via Facebook to 2 random commenters

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Every Friday we give away some extra PCBs via Facebook. This post was announced on Facebook, and on Monday we’ll send coupon codes to two random commenters. The coupon code usually go to Facebook ‘Other’ Messages Folder . More PCBs via Twitter on Tuesday and the blog every Sunday. Don’t forget there’s free PCBs three times every week:

Some stuff:

  • Yes, we’ll mail it anywhere in the world!
  • We’ll contact you via Facebook with a coupon code for the PCB drawer.
  • Limit one PCB per address per month, please.
  • Like everything else on this site, PCBs are offered without warranty.

We try to stagger free PCB posts so every time zone has a chance to participate, but the best way to see it first is to subscribe to the RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

Entertain your cat with a laser-enabled yogurt tub

via Arduino Blog

We’ve already seen an Altoids tin enhanced with a laser for your cat’s entertainment, so why not a yogurt tub?

If you’re looking for a way to keep your kitty busy, but would rather not actually have to get up and wave a laser around, this setup allows you to use the Blynk app to turn on and manipulate a laser right from your phone.

Keeping things simple, the enclosure for this project is a yogurt tub, and the laser manipulator is two Arduino-driven servos stuck together with tape. A computer provides power as well as Wi-Fi control, though with a Wi-Fi shield and battery it should be able to be used independently.

Now obviously the end result isn’t the most practical device you’ll ever build, but this was a great way for me to learn the fundamentals of programming Arduino and it can help you to learn too.

Looking for a new way to play with your feline friend? You can check out the project’s Instructables page, as well as the recent Altoids tin laser assembly here.