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October 7, 2014

Acoustic Impulse Marker

at 4:11 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

Acoustic Impulse Marker

 

This Acoustic Impulse Marker project by Adam Wrobel and Michael Grisanti of Cornell University uses 3 microphones to listen for sharp sounds, when a sound is detected the arrival time of the sound to each of the 3 microphones is used to determine where the sound came from. The project uses a ATmega 1284p microcontroller to process the microphone input but analog stages are used to convert a fast rising edge noise into a digital input for the microcontroller to work with easier.

“The core of our system is hardware based analog circuit, which filters, amplifies, and processes the sounds obtained from the microphones. By utilizing hardware for this, we are able to high frequency signal processing without taxing the microcontroller. Also, we remove the need to use the relatively slow ADC of the microcontroller by processing all the analog signals in hardware and converting them to binary digital pulses. However, the main tradeoff here is that the analog hardware limited our accuracy in a way that is very difficult to measure. Every stage of the circuit has real world inefficiencies and tolerances, which could accumulate in minute error. No matter how fast or thorough our software system is, it can only work with the values received from the analog hardware.”

 


October 5, 2014

Plot Clock

at 11:57 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

This is a cool plot clock made by Francisco Ramos Muñoz. It uses 3 mini servo motors, one to move the draw/erase mechanism up and down and two to move the print location. The lines are nice and straight so we can tell that some kinematic techniques have been employed here. The system is being controlled using an Arduino microcontroller and is sure entertaining to watch. If you are interested in making your own you can find the instructions here.

 


October 2, 2014

Etch a Sketch Clock

at 5:49 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

This Etch a Sketch Clock is a great use of an old toy!

“I use an Arduino driving two very cheap darlington stepper drivers with 64:1 internally reduced steppers for the drawing. For the rotation I’m using an Easy-Driver driving a Nema 17 stepper.

I also have a DS1307RTC real time clock installed so it always knows the time. Setting the time is a one-off via USB connected to a PC. Once done, you un-tether, and then the RTC keeps the time, for up to a year on the rechargeable battery, or so I’m told…”

 


September 27, 2014

Murata Cheerleaders

at 1:56 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment

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Murata is always pushing the envelope when it comes to demonstrating their technology in action. You probably remember the close up look we got of the technology behind Murata Girl and Murata Boy. This time they have made an entire group of robotic cheerleaders who dance in formation. They sit on top of a ball and balance as they are moving around. We have seen balancing ball robots before but the complexity of moving all of these balancing robots in unison must be quite challenging.

You need to see them in action. Click here to see the video, scroll down to see how the technology comes together.

Thanks to Amy from Murata for the info.

 

 

September 25, 2014

Hacked Ericsson Cell Phone and Arduino Remote Control System

at 9:17 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Kostas Kokoras built a Hacked Ericsson Cell Phone and Arduino Remote Control System. Kostas broke out the Ericsson T65 cell phone serial port to allow him to connect it to the Arduino, nice of the Ericsson engineers to give us a usable serial port that is easy to access! The system looks for specific phone numbers and a certain number of rings to perform functions, this is a great idea since there would be no phone usage billing if the phone is just rung and no connection is made.

 

Ericsson T65 Pinouts

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Pin
Name Direction Description
1 ATMS Audio to mobile
2 AFMS/RTS Audio from mobile/RTS (connected to GND in cable?)
3 CTS/ONREQ CTS/Mobile Station On REQuest (connected to GND in cable?)
4 data in Data to mobile (Rx). (Tx for K300i)
5 data out Data from mobile (Tx). (Rx for K300i)
6 ACC in Accessory control to mobile. Used as Rx in some models (i.e. T68) for flashing.
7 ACC out Accessory control from mobile/handsfree sense. Used as Tx in some models (i.e. T68) for flashing.
8 AGND Audio signal ground + 0V reference
9 flash Flash memory voltage + Service (shorted to pin 11 in service cable)
10 DGND Digital ground
11 Vcc DC + for battery charging + External accessory powering

September 24, 2014

Realtime GPS Vehicle Tracking Sends Data using GSM

at 7:19 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

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If you like the idea of having a GPS tracking device in your car to monitor the actual location of it there are some devices that you can simply purchase like the  SilverCloud we saw before. But if you like to build things yourself have a look at the Realtime GPS Vehicle Tracking device that Sends Data using GSM by the guys over at Cooking Hacks. Not sure what this has to do with cooking but I am not one to talk…

“It will send you an SMS with the location, longitude and latitude at the moment, and it also sends GPS data to a web server with the realtime position (Google Maps). Thanks to the GPS+GPRS shield you can track your car in realtime. This shield is programmed to recognise your number and only if it is correct it will send you this data.”

 

 

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September 15, 2014

Thermostat Remote Temperature Sensor Hack

at 8:44 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 Thermostat Remote Temperature Sensor Hack_8399

 

We all have thermostats in our houses but how often are they in a horrible place? You often want to place the temperature sensor in a different location than the control and display unit. There are lots of models that have remote sensor capability but they come with a high price. If you already have a thermostat and just need the temperature sensing to be disconnected from the control unit you might be able to simply remove the sensor and mount it remote to the unit and connect it with a few wires.

That was the ideal solution to my dilemma. I recently acquired a building which has a central hot water boiler system, this means that the boiler is either firing and pumping hot water through all of the rads in the building or it’s off. There was one thermostat in a single suite to regulate the heat in the entire building. This normally works fine since most suites will have similar heating requirements as long as the radiator placement is well laid out. Big issue with this setup is that you need to provide 24 hours notice to adjust the temperature. I wanted to continue to monitor the temperature from the same location the thermostat was but I wanted the control to be in the mechanical room. I used the same thermostat wire to go from the thermostat to the temperature sensor and used a new wire from the thermostat to the boiler. The boiler control is a simple N/O (normally open) contact that closes to call for heat. So far the system is working great! I have tweaked the temperature once with no bothering of the tenants.

The model of the thermostat is a White Rodgers Model 1F178 NON_PRGM, this one is the non programmable style. As you can see from the board inside the unit and the LCD the programmable version is identical except for some magic that must happen in the factory to “make” one version programmable. I am sure the thermistor in both units will be identical so upgrading to the programmable version might be something that will happen soon. 

The future goal for the system is to mount digital temperature sensors in each suite and other various rooms such as the laundry room and mechanical room. These sensors would come back to a microcontroller based device to make heating decisions. This would allow for a nice average of suite temperatures to be used and also monitor rooms like the laundry room for freeze danger. The stretch goal would be to push some data from the system onto the internet with no internet connection on-site.

If you are interesting in having a look at some hi-res pictures from this project, you can see them here.

 

 

Thermostat Remote Temperature Sensor Hack_8391

 

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