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Aug
31
DC Motor 3 click released
Posted by on 31 August 2016 04:38 PM
  Power hungry DC motors are meeting their match with click boards that can output more power. DC MOTOR 3 click surpasses it’s predecessors by offering a maximum output of 3.5 A and 30V. DC MOTOR 3 click carries a full-bridge driver for direct current motors. The driver chip is from Toshiba, like on the previous DC motor driver click, but it’s a step up in terms of power output. You’ll need a motor and an external power supply to use the board. Both are connected through the onboard screw terminals. More details are available on the product page. The Libstock example is also ready. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Aug
30
How a clicker 2 board prevents train wrecks
Posted by on 30 August 2016 02:26 PM
  Engineers save more lives than surgeons. It's not obvious because people rarely get credit for something that didn't happen. Engineers spend a lot of time designing solutions that would prevent bad things from happening. One example of such a solution is the train collision detection system that Mr. Dogan Ibranim shared with us. It's a design that incorporates several of our boards, starting with a clicker 2 for PIC18FJ that provides the central MCU. Buzz click and GPS click provide additional functionality, together with a wireless transceiver module from Radiometrix. The whole setup is mounted on a train. A breadboard test prototype is shown on the image below. Each unit transmits heading and speed data while simultaneously receiving information from other units installed on other trains. If two trains are travelling on the same track towards each other, the serial LCD screen will show an estimated time to a possible collision. The whole project was developed by engineers from Radiometrix, a leading global developer of ISM Band/ SRD FM low power radio modules.   We are sharing it because the last time we showed you a project from Prof. Ibrahim, it was our top read post for the whole month. It was also an 8-bit PIC-based design, a multifunctional weather station. Professor Dogan Ibrahim is an author of several practical books on embedded development based on mikroC. The last one we showed was an introduction to ARM MCUs. There are more upcoming publications we are yet to present. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Aug
29
  Make Java script apps for Hexiwear using Evothings – a mobile application platform for the Internet of Things. A recently published blog post on Hackster.io explains how. In brief, you will have to download the free Evothings Studio along with the Evothing Viewer app for smartphones (available both for Android and iPhone). What's interesting is that the Evothings smartphone App syncs in real time with the PC app. The features is demonstrated in a demo that reads Hexiwear's accelerometer. The smartphone will display the sensor readings, while the PC application can concurrently show the code running the mobile app executing in real time. The code for the demo app is open source, with key structures are contained in the app.js file. This demo and setup can serve as a starting point for developing your own HTML5 and JavaScript apps for Hexiwear. More and more options for providing cloud connectivity to Hexiwear are appearing. Samsung IoT ARTIK Cloud is another one. It's also covered by a tutorial on hackster.io. Don't forget, the project submission deadline for the Hexiwear competition on Hackster.io is in 33 days. Enough time to pick your favorite cloud or your favorite development toolchain. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Aug
26
M-BUS RF click released
Posted by on 26 August 2016 10:52 AM
  Humanity is trying to build the Internet of Things in order to reach consumer heaven, but we are running into the same problem as the people who tried to build the Tower of Babel – there are so many different wireless standards and protocols that don’t understand each other that it’s difficult to build a single grand unified network of things. But these protocols don’t spawn spontaneously. Each one is a reaction to a particular market demand. Just as Eskimos have 10 words for snow and Serbians have 100 words for specific cousins, each wireless protocol has features to address specific challenges. The original wired Meter-Bus was designed for remotely reading utility meters. The Wireless M-BUS is laying the groundwork for a new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). M-BUS operates on unlicensed frequency bands that enable long range wireless communications. Radio waves at this frequency are able to reach meters in remote locations such as behind building walls or under the ground. Specifically, the Telit ME 70-169 module on M-BUS click operates at a frequency between 169.400 and 169.475 MHz. It has a declared range of up to 20 km. You can find more details on the product page. Wireless modules tend to be complex on their own. To simplify development and deployment we developed a library. You can download it from Libstock. To fully appreciate it, read the article on learn.mikroe.com that explains how it works and helps you understand and utilize the multitude operating modes of the Me 70-169 module. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Aug
25
Diff pressure click released
Posted by on 25 August 2016 04:10 PM
  Diff click has two ports for industry standard pressure tubing. For rough testing you could also use two straws. Like a cocktail for two, a friend and you could blow through two straws to determine who has more lung capacity. The upper port is P1 and the lower is P2. P2 should be the referent pressure gauge, labeled vacuum in the data sheet. So P1 should be larger than P2, otherwise you would get a negative reading. These kinds of devices are useful for monitoring machinery. The data sheet lists measuring water levels in washing machine as an example. In case the second tubing port is redundant for you, don't forget that we have Manometer click with a single port. As always, we provided a Libstock example to get you started. The schematic is on the Docs page and the remaining pages on the product page. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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