Category: Circuits

Sep 02 2017

4 Character 7 Segment Display

4 Character 7 Segment Display

I built another handy circuit to ‘house’ a 4 character 7 segment display. It looks like this: Basically it just ‘breaks out’ the 16 pins of the display with two 8 pin female headers. Pins 1-8 are connected to the header at the bottom and pins 9-16 are connected to the header at the top. …

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Aug 28 2017

I2C 2-wire Circuit

I2C Circuit

My latest project involves collecting data from a number of sensors connected to multiple Arduinos. I2C (or 2-wire) is a perfect fit for this project because I needed an easy way to connect the Arduinos and aggregate the data. With I2C, I can have one Arduino as the master and several other Arduinos as slaves.  …

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Jul 03 2017

ESP8266 DIY Programmer Cradle

ESP8266 In Cradle

If you have been reading my posts lately, you will notice that I have been working a lot with the ESP8266 wireless module. To make it easier to work with, I made an ESP8266 DIY Programmer Cradle. Here is what it looks like (without and with the ESP8266 plugged in):           …

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Jan 25 2017

DIY Arduino Shield

DIY LCD Shield

An Arduino shield is basically another circuit board that plugs into the Arduino and extends its capabilities in some way. So, of course, if you create your own DIY Arduino, you have to create a DIY Arduino shield. I needed a way to attach an HD44780 LCD to my DIY Arduino so I created a …

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Dec 24 2016

Updated DIY Arduino Uno

DIY Arduino [Side View]

I have a new version of my DIY Arduino UNO. It is somewhat different than the old one that I have written about before (HERE).  I moved some components around on the board, added the user LED and moved all the wiring to the bottom of the board. Here is a picture of what it …

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Jun 27 2016

TV Video Output from the Arduino

TVOut Output Screen

I made another circuit to display TV Video output from the Arduino. It uses the TVOut library (documented at the TVOut Arduino Playground) which can be used to output an NTSC or PAL video signal. The circuit is actually just a means of adding three resistors to an RCA video cable. Instead of cutting a …

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Jun 20 2016

LM317 to output 3.3 Volts

LM317 3.3 V Circuit Top View

I created a simple circuit using the LM317 to output 3.3 volts from a 5V or greater input voltage. Why? Because, a number of modules for the Arduino (or Pinguino) take 3.3 Volts. It’s true, some of the Arduinos do have a 3.3V voltage regulator (and thus a source of 3.3V), however, that might not …

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Jan 21 2016

Emergency Phone Call Alert to an Arduino via an Asterisk PBX

S108T02 Relay Circuit

Recently, I created this simple circuit (and corresponding code) which makes an emergency phone call alert to an Arduino via an Asterisk PBX.  This project was for someone who needed to be alerted (silently) if someone made an emergency phone call on their Asterisk PBX. By the way, the free and open source Asterisk PBX …

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Oct 15 2014

Arduino Weather Station

Arduino Weather Station

With just a few sensors, one can determine a lot about the weather.                   The BMP085 can be used to sense barometric pressure and temperature and the DHT11 can be used to sense humidity and also temperature. Here is what they look like attached to a mini …

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Sep 26 2014

DIY Dual Relay Circuit

Dual Relay Circuit

It is sometimes very handy to be able to control mains electric via an arduino to turn things like lights on and off.  [warning]BE VERY CAREFUL hooking up any mains electricity. [/warning] I built a dual circuit so that two things can be controlled from one board. Here is the fritzing graphic:   Once built, …

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