Category: Informational

Arduino Galileo

Arduino Galileo

I have been experimenting lately with the Arduino Galileo from Intel. It is not a new Arduino board as it was introduced back in October of 2013. This Arduino has an Intel Quark single-core 32 nm X1000 SoC with a clock rate of up to 400 MHz.  It has several interfaces, including PCIe, UART, I2C, Fast Ethernet, …

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A Python script to run the Arduino MiniPirate Sketch

A while back I wrote about the BusPirate. You can view that post here. In it, I mention an Arduino sketch called the “MiniPirate” which allows you  to try some of the functions of the BusPirate on an Arduino. Over time, I have found that sketch to be very useful. You can use it to …

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Arduino Leonardo WEB Server to Display Temperature and Humidity

Arduino Leonardo WEB Server to Display Temperature and Humidity

In a previous post titled Arduino Leonardo and SPI Communications, I documented how to connect the Arduino Leonardo to the ENC28J60 Ethernet module. This post takes things a bit further and adds a DHT22 Sensor. The Arduino Leonardo is used as a WEB Server to Display Temperature and Humidity information from the DHT22 sensor. The …

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Arduino Leonardo and SPI Communications

Arduino Leonardo and SPI Communications using the ENC28J60 ethernet module

I just found out that my favorite Arduino of choice (the Leonardo) has a problem with SPI  “Serial Peripheral Interface” communications (if you need to use the SS pin).  For SPI (which is bidirectional) , the following pins are normally used: SS – Slave Select – digital 10. You can use other digital pins, but …

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Nuqleo Zinq 7 Rooted for more flexible useage

Nuqleo Zinq 7 Graphic Image

I recently acquired a Nuqleo Zinc 7 Android Tablet. It looks like this: I couldn’t resist 🙄 as it was such a good price. It comes with an OTG cable and works great to attach and host your Arduino(s).  Also, a tablet such as this one makes apps easier to use (i.e. to see) as …

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Controlling an Arduino from an Android Phone or Tablet

Question: What do you get when you connect your Android Phone or Tablet with a USB-OTG cable and connect that into another USB cable connected to an Arduino?   Answer: A easy way to program and/or control your Arduino. This is a handy way to control (and/or re-program) your Arduinos in the field where it …

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Explaindio Video Creator

You may not think this post has a lot to do with MicroController Electronics, however, read on before you formulate an opinion. There is a new Windows and Mac Video Creator program called Eplaindio that recently became available. I am using it to create training, educational and advertising videos for various projects. It is very …

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Prototyping Circuits using a Breadboard

Cat5 Cable Image

When I first heard the term ‘breadboard’ when reading about electronic circuits, I thought about bread of course and some great bread making recipes. I must have been hungry! For electronic recipes 🙄 (i.e. circuits), originally a smooth piece of wood (literally a breadboard with nails and wiring) was used as a surface for assembling/wiring  electronic …

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HC-SR04 Distance Sensing

HCSR04 Ultrasonic Sensor

Animals such as bats and porpoises use ultrasound for locating prey and obstacles.  If you have an electronic device that needs to sense distances from objects (like a robot or an automatic door opener) you might consider using an HC-SR04 Sensor Module. No one can sneak up on you with a couple of these and …

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Measuring Light Intensity

BH1750 Sensor

Any camera buffs out there? Sometimes it is handy to be able to measure the amount of light at a particular spot. This is needed sometimes so you can adjust your camera to take the ‘perfect’ picture. Or perhaps you are calculating the amount of solar energy your solar panels will be producing given the …

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