Tag Archives: electronics projects

Get ready to talk to your gadgets

Google has many things always in the development stages so that they will remain at the forefront of action for internet users and smart phone users. Expectations are high that gadgets in the future will have voice-interface so that users can command different devices verbally. Talking to gadgets will be possible and Google is making sure that it is a part of such breathtaking developments. Smartphones will be the mode for talking to these gadgets and Google is gearing up to provide the necessary 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 [...]

Where Do You Use a Touchless Rotary Sensor?

Most touchless rotary sensors use a magnetic position marker for sensing position. The position marker is attached to the rotating part of the application. It also uses a sensor to measure the angle of the marker. The touch-less rotary sensor uses a magnetism-based technique and does not require physical contact between the marker and sensor. Although other noncontact magnetism-based sensors overcome the limitations of potentiometric sensors that use resistance-based track-and-wiper techniques, they 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 [...]

Anti-static electronic component storage bins!

Great deal alert! We're parting with some of our static dissipative stacking bins - taking them out of service in our warehouse. There's still plenty of life available in these bins so grab them while you can at 60% off the price of new bins. The bins are perfect for storing all your sensitive electronic components and supplies. Also ideal for a warehouse environment where you need some ESD protection. Here are the larger size bins: Large Anti-Static Stacking Bin And here are the medium Read more [...]

New radial electrolytic capacitor assortment available!

By popular request we've added an additional radial electrolytic capacitor assortment to our lineup of available products. Like our other capacitor kits, this assortment has a big range of capacitances and voltages supported. And like our other assortments, every value is individually bagged and labeled. But here's where this kit differs from our other previous kits - we are now able to provide a list of manufacturers and temperature ratings for this assortment so you can be sure that the Read more [...]

West Florida Components in the community making LED Throwies

West Florida Components was recently invited to participate in a science experiments fair held in conjunction with the USF Education Department. Each business staffed a booth where elementary school aged kids along with their families could conduct science experiments. The community event was an opportunity for families to enjoy and see the benefits of science in a fun atmosphere. The West Florida Components station was one of about 18 stations at which participants could interact and have Read more [...]

Book for electronics beginners

If you are new to electronics and want a good book to learn about circuits and electronic components, then I recommend that you check out this book: Getting Started in Electronics by Forrest M Mims III I've had my copy so long that it is almost time to replace it but even though it is an old, worn out copy, the information is still as good today as it was 15 years ago when I got my book. Of course, there are some things that won't be found in here, but for the beginner, you can't go wrong with Read more [...]

Make a coin battery – great electronics project for kids!

What better way to illustrate how to build a basic electronic connection than to use coins to build a battery? Here's what you need: quarters or dimes aluminum foil blotter paper (see below) salt cider vinegar wire (short length of both black and red wire - ~16 gauge) 1 LED (any through hole LED) scissors pen or marker voltmeter (optional) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Trace the coins on the aluminum foil and blotter paper. Cut out 10 of each so that you have 10 circles of aluminum Read more [...]