High Accuracy Digital Temperature Sensor

Analog Devices is offering a high accuracy digital temperature sensor that covers a wide industrial range. The tiny package also incorporates a humidity sensor. There is no necessity of adding a separate analog to digital converter to this sensor, as the device has one built into it, and provides a high-resolution digital output of 16 bits. With a wide operating voltage range, the device is suitable for industrial, domestic, and commercial use. The ADT7420UCPZ-R2 from Analog Devices measures temperatures Read more [...]

Tree-Axis High Resolution Digital Accelerometer

Most modern smartphones can sense whether their users are holding them in the portrait or in the landscape position, accordingly adjusting the displayed image. Additionally, while playing games such as Temple Run, the smartphone can respond to tilting by changing certain functions in the game. The smartphone accomplishes this motion sensing as it has an accelerometer IC working inside it. Apart from smartphones, several other applications make use of accelerometers. For instance, car alarms can Read more [...]

Using Reed Switches as Sensors

Any ordinary electrical switch has two contacts. Push-type switches are spring loaded so that pushing a button brings them together and they spring apart on releasing the button. Rocker switches have mechanical levers that close the contacts when in one position, while in the other position they pull apart. In reed switches, the two contacts are in the shape of metal reeds, each coated with a metal that does not wear easily. The reeds are made from a ferromagnetic material, so they are easy to magnetize. Read more [...]

How to Keep Your Bearings Running Cool

Electronic gadgets rely on a host of equipment for their creaseless performance. One of them is power generating equipment—spinning generators, motors, and shafts that create and transmit power. In fact rotating machinery is the basis not only of electronic gadgets, but also of modern civilization itself. A wide variety of lubricated and self-lubricating bearings keeps these machines operating smoothly and efficiently. Heat is a major factor affecting bearings, degrading its lubrication and damaging Read more [...]

Industrializing your Raspberry Pi

You can turn your Raspberry Pi (RBPi) into a completed computer system with the minimal effort. Using a pre-assembled, cost-effective kit will not only save you a lot of time, but also speed up the installation and slash development time as well, allowing you to realize the full potential of your single board computer. This industrialization of your SBC brings huge commercial potential and encompasses a wide range of applications, including using the system for payment terminals, communication systems, Read more [...]

What are Digital Pressure Sensors?

Various industrial systems use pressurized air, water, and other fluids. They use sensors to regulate and maintain proper pressure at different points in their activities. Although many systems continue using analog pressure sensors, digital versions are fast replacing them. A few examples serve to illustrate why pressure sensors are important. Industrial icemakers need water at minimum pressure between 20 and 40 psi at the inlet—this allows the water inlet valve to function properly—although Read more [...]

Interfacing XBee Modules with the Raspberry Pi

You can use two XBee modules to exchange data between them, as they are modular, self-contained, and low-cost components using radio frequency to communicate. Most XBee modules transmit on the ling-range 900 MHz or on 2.4 GHz using their own network protocol. The primary advantage of using XBee modules is their size—nearly as large as a postage stamp. Therefore, it becomes easy to use them as sensor nodes in small projects. They consume very low power, and incorporate a special sleep mode that Read more [...]

What are Signal Generators?

While developing electronic systems, engineers test the device by stimulating it with different types of signals they expect it to encounter in the field. The piece of test equipment that engineers use for generating the various test signals is the signal generator. A signal generator may be used as a stand-alone development system or in combination with other test instruments. Depending on the requirement, signal generators may come in various forms and types, with each of them providing different Read more [...]

What are USB Controlled Synthesizers?

Almost all devices now use the popular Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface for connecting and transferring data to and from other devices. Even laboratory devices are now available with the USB as their main interface to computers. Now, users can control frequency synthesizers also through the USB interface. Although neither the performance nor the features they offer are anywhere near those that bench top instruments provide, USB controlled synthesizers have their advantages. USB controlled synthesizers, Read more [...]

What is E-Smog and How to Detect it?

Many people claim advancement in technology and the proliferation of electronic devices is creating a sea of electromagnetic waves around us, and this eSmog is actually a cause for many of the illnesses we are afflicted with nowadays. While eSmog causing bad health is up for debate, some people seem to be more sensitive to it than others are. However, the presence of electromagnetic waves around us cannot be ruled out, with greater concentrations around devices such as computers, mobile phones, Wi-Fi Read more [...]