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Heatsink Tester

Posted April 3, 2017 by Chris

"It’s quite a common problem when building electronics that some components need cooling which is usually done through some sort of heatsink and optional fans. Choosing the right cooling solution can be a difficult task because the real life behavior of the system is hard to predict or model. In my case I have faced the simple question quite a few times: how much heat can a cooling system dissipate?"

Portable Ultrasonic Range Meter

Posted April 29, 2016 by Chris

"Sound is a phenomena that is a result of vibration of materials. Sound is characterized as a mechanical wave that carries mechanical energy. For the transmission of this energy between transmitter and receiver, presence of a medium is necessary. The medium can be solids, liquids or gases."

Keyglove Tech In

Posted April 24, 2016 by Chris

"The Keyglove is an innovative new way to interact with your technology. A wearable, wireless, open-source input device, the Keyglove provides unprecedented flexibility and convenience for gaming, design, art, music, data entry, device control, 3D object manipulation, and even inexpensive telepresence."

Wireless Thermostat/Temp Sensor (With XBee)

Posted April 20, 2016 by Chris

"This post will be divided down into two main sections: hardware and software. I will try to explain with detail while keeping it short, and cover some of the key elements and choices involved in making this project."

Home-made GPS and compass

Posted April 18, 2016 by Chris

"This is a project I started about a week or so ago and have been working on when I find time after work. It’s a GPS and compass that temporarily uses an Arduino Nano micro-controller, Nokia 3310 screen, EM-406A SiRF III GPS receiver, and a simple (non-tilt compensated) magnetometer for compass heading."

Intrinsic Optical Signal Imaging Chamber IOSIC

Posted March 5, 2016 by Chris

"Intrinsic optical signal (IOS) imaging is a functional imaging technique that has revolutionized our understanding of cortical functional organization and plasticity since it was first implemented, around 30 years ago. Even if IOS imaging lacks the ability to directly measure electrical neuronal function and track data at a fine temporal scale, it has some advantages on electrophysiological techniques, such as the capability to visualize functional architectures via the simultaneous sampling of a large cortical region with high spatial resolution."

Build a Wireless Water Meter for Your Home

Posted January 17, 2016 by Chris

"My system doesn’t require plumbing alterations, and it transmits the information via my home wireless network, so I can view water use on a connected device anywhere in the house. Now when my teenage kids take profligate showers, I can berate them with quantitative measurements!"

Digitally Recordable User Modifiable Sound Emitting Tool

Posted November 19, 2015 by Chris

"A modular electronic drum kit that allows recorded samples to be used as drum sounds. We decided to build a modular electronic drum kit because we thought it would be an interesting project to be able to record ourselves and use our own voices or sounds as drum noises."

The RIFFLE Open Source Datalogger

Posted November 10, 2015 by Chris

"We are working to develop an open source hardware datalogger that can be placed in the field for extended deployments and measure common water parameters like temperature, conductivity, depth, and turbidity. There have been several iterations of the hardware, including a version based on an ARM chip."

Digital Stethoscope With Display

Posted October 11, 2015 by Chris

"At the highest level, the design of our project centers around an acquisition circuit, data processing in two MCUs, and the output on a TV screen. The first part of the stethoscope is the acquisition unit, which consists of an actual stethoscope mated with a microphone, and an amplifier circuit. The microphone captures the audible signal from the body that is acoustically amplified by the stethoscope."