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A USB Hub with a Raspberry Pi Zero

Computers available today come with only one or two USB sockets. With the multitude of USB or Universal Serial Bus devices we use today, it is easy to run out of sockets. For example, you may have to connect your mouse, keyboard, printer, webcam and microphone, all operating on USB technology, to your computer. With only two ports available, it is obviously a difficult task. However, there is an easy solution. You can use an inexpensive hub. According to the USB standard, which also covers USB Read more [...]

Wear Your Raspberry Pi And Listen To Software Defined Radio

Carrying your radio along is nothing new, since a small and portable radio set is readily available. However, there is a different charm in carrying your single board computer with you while it is playing software-defined radio, and this is exactly what Miller Jacobson did with his Raspberry Pi (RBPi). There are two aspects to this project, the hardware and the software. While the software is simple enough, the hardware is somewhat involved. To carry your RBPi around means to free it from the Read more [...]

Home Protection with Raspberry Pi

Planning to go on a vacation, but afraid of who will look after your home for you? Worry not, for the mighty Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is here. Not only will RBPi look after your entire house, it will send you an email of what is happening in your home and let you see it on your mobile or on a PC. How cool is that? Most alarm systems incorporate three primary sensors. The first is a temperature sensor to detect the rise in temperature in case of a fire. The second is an intrusion detection sensor to Read more [...]

Gardening with the Raspberry Pi

Many of you may be garden enthusiasts and would welcome the idea of automating some of the maintenance requirements of your plants. For example, keeping tabs on the quantity of water that is required by the plants based on the moisture in the soil, the available sunlight and the environmental temperature might be easy for an experienced gardener. However, gardeners who have just started gardening find it a difficult equation to balance. Even an experienced gardener may have to depend on a novice Read more [...]

Sensing humidity using advanced technology

An approaching thunderstorm creates a very stuffy environment with oppressively heavy moisture in the air. The presence of water in the air is termed as humidity and this largely affects human comfort. The amount of water vapor influences many physical, chemical and biological processes. In industries, measuring and controlling humidity is critical since it can affect not only the health and safety of personnel, it can affect the business cost of the product as well. Sleep apnea leads to repeated Read more [...]

Why Are Industrial Sensors Going Wireless?

Industries are increasingly opting for low-power wireless photoelectric sensors with extended range of signals that carry for miles. Such improvements have been made possible with the proliferation of low-power micro-controllers that have boosted the range of the sensors and enhanced their battery life. In general, wireless sensors conserve and extend battery life by switching themselves off when they are not taking measurements. This allows the sensor to spend most of its time not consuming any Read more [...]

Transistors: What Is The Difference Between BJT, FET And MOSFET?

BJTs, FETs and MOSFETs are all active semiconductor devices, also known as transistors. BJT is the acronym for Bipolar Junction Transistor, FET stands for Field Effect Transistor and MOSFET is Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor. All three have several subtypes, and unlike passive semiconductor devices such as diodes, active semiconductor devices allow a greater degree of control over their functioning. Depending on their subtypes, operating frequency, current, voltage and power Read more [...]

Automate Your Home HVAC System from the Internet Using the Raspberry Pi

The HVAC devices in your home, typically the air-conditioner, thermostats, heating and ventilation, use one or more remote handheld devices working on Infrared (IR) technology. As the HVAC devices are from different manufacturers, you will most likely own a multitude of remote devices, making it difficult to handle and set each of them independently. However, with the Raspberry Pi or RBPi, a small board called the IR Remote Shield and a wireless interface, you can control all the HVAC devices Read more [...]

The Emergence of BBB: the BeagleBone Black

Many a time we have wished our bulky PCs that occupy so much of the desktop space could somehow be magically squeezed into a portable unit. Although such systems are there including the new smartphones and tablets, their sky-high prices are very discouraging for most of us. Despair not, for such a package has arrived and is well within the reach of an average person's pocket. Moreover, if you are technically oriented, you could build one yourself. Texas Instruments has provided the core processor Read more [...]

How to measure temperature with a Raspberry Pi

Looking for another project to make with a Raspberry Pi? You can use your Raspberry Pi to measure temperature. Not only at a single point, but also at maximum of 20 points simultaneously. Of course, you will need 20 individual sensors for doing that. Raspberry Pi will poll all the 20 sensors one after the other, and read the temperature from each of the sensors. If you are wondering how complicated it would be to wire up 20 sensors to the Raspberry Pi, you can relax, since you need only three Read more [...]