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Contents Part 1: Introduction and test bed setup Part 2 (you are here!): Experimentation with a heating element and basic measurements   Introduction This project is about creating a reflow oven for surface mount work.   With the mind still active thinking about some useful avenues that will help this project take shape (a stainless steel chimney as an enclosure is top of the list so far, along with heating from both above and below) I decided to start taking some measurements to eit ...
Contents Part 1 (You're here) Introduction and Test bed setup Part 2: Experimentation with a heating element and some basic measurements   Introduction Some people (not me) can successfully solder incredibly tiny Quad Flad No-lead (QFN) parts such as the one in the photo below by hand using a soldering iron or a hot air gun (the photo below is from a commercial board, not hand soldered). For wireless devices and modern sensors, surface mount device (SMD) packages as small as QFN have becom ...
Introduction This is the second part in a series of posts on constructing a data logger. The first part provided analog voltage logging capability to SD card. This part 2 now extends the design to include time-stamping capability.   This is what the assembled data logger looks like:   As a quick test, here is a video showing a light dependent resistor (LDR) that was connected up to the analog input pin (Launchpad connector J2 pin 2) and data logged. (There is a lamp facing the LDR ...
Part 1: You are here. Part 2: Tiva LaunchPad: Building an Event/Data Logger - Part 2 – Real Time Clock capability   Note: This project uses a Tiva LaunchPad board, but it works with the MSP432 LaunchPad board too with some modifications by martinvalencia - click here for the MSP432 modifications to this project. Introduction This was a quick project to build a data logger, useful around the lab or elsewhere. So quick it can be built in a couple of hours, and with dozens of uses. The ...
All forecasts predict that the total e-paper display market sector will grow rapidly over the next 5 years with an annual growth rate in excess of 40% generating revenues in the range of 9.6 billion by 2018! Substantial growth is expected in the demand for e-readers but clearly a huge potential is raising with e-textbooks, e-newspapers, mobile phones, e-shelf labels, point of purchase and public signage displays, smartwatch and wearable devices displays.     ST has just introduced the ...
A new, more visual and easy-to-read issue of the comic book ‘Internet of Things!” (IoT) is designed to inform politicians, the general public and business managers about the potential of IoT. The new book is a business edition. A business edition of the “Internet of Things!” comic book has just been published. The new issue of the comic book targets people that may never have heard of the subject before. More specifically, it targets politicians, the general public and b ...
  I was excited to try out my next step on Spark Core, but I had to go to Florida. I should mention that it would take a pretty special event to take me from my work, and it certainly was -- it was my best friend's geek wedding. I say geek because it was held at Disney World ... there was a MakerBot at the reception, laser cut souvenirs on the tables, and my friend's bridal dress had an LED lit under skirt with fiber optic flower adornments on the outer skirt. Oh yes, and Mickey and Minnie ...
shabaz

Building an IoT Lab

Posted by shabaz Top Member Jul 5, 2014
Introduction Recently as part of a group at Cisco we had to help decide on inventory for a brand new center.  We wanted to create a more open, rapid prototyping lab.   It’s interesting to know what hardware people use when building out their labs. This post was intended to highlight some decisions we made. Hopefully it can help those who are looking to do a similar thing, or to suggest alternatives.   We wanted a lab that employees, customers and partners would be free to ...
"Project Goldie" - my internet connected Goldie Fishwater life support system. Love that fish! (via Cabe!) People view their pets as their children. Just look at me and my fish, Goldie!   In a recent U.S. survey, more than 80 percent of pet owners said they consider their pets to be members of the family. As this trend continues to grow, more gizmos and gadgets are becoming available to feed our needs to treat our pets like our kiddos. Introducing the latest craze: activity and locati ...
Previous blog posts for this project: IoT Alarm Clock - Part 1 IoT Alarm Clock - Part 2 IoT Alarm Clock - Part 3 IoT Alarm Clock - Part 4 (this post)   Hardware Software Voice control Web interface Avahi daemon Demo Voice control Train selection Version 2.0   I've been working hard the past few weeks in order to finalise both software and hardware for my IoT Alarm Clock. This is the final post for this project, or at least this first prototy ...

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