Humidity sensor using 8051

This project is about a simple humidity sensor based on 8051 microcontroller. Humidity sensor is also called hygrometer. This circuit can sense relative humidity (RH)  from 20% to 95% at an accuracy of 5%. The humidity information is displayed on a 16×2 LCD display. A relay is also provided which is set to be active when the humidity crosses a certain trip point. The circuit is mains operated and it is very ...

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Retrieving Bitcoin Price Using ESP8266 WiFi Module

In this project you’re going to create a simple HTTP client with an ESP8266 WiFi module. Having your ESP8266 connected to your network, it requests the current Bitcoin price. This is an example on how to  retrieve data from the web. First, flash your ESP8266 module with NodeMCU NodeMCU is a firmware that allows you to program the ESP8266 modules with LUA script. And you’ll find it very similar to the way yo ...

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High voltage supply (10-30kV) made from CRT television flyback transformer

Old CRT monitor or TV is a great source of electronic components that can be used in DYI constructions. One of them is a flyback transformer that can provide 10-30kV output. The input voltage can be in a range from a couple of volts to over a dozen of volts, power consumption is a couple of watts. In my construction input voltage is 9V, power consumption is 5W. A flyback transformer is driven by one or two ...

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Binary Watch Production

I’ve been spending a decent bit of my free time lately on my binary watch project.  I have a full writeup that I added to the projects section (which goes into more detail about the hardware and software used, and contains information about my github and storefront), but I figured I’d also do a post on the production flow I’ve been using, since I think that’s kind of cool (thus reaffirming that I am an embe ...

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Voltage indicator transitions between colours

This Design Idea gives two versions of an indicator light that changes from green to red as a battery discharges. There are many circuits that do this sort of thing, but all the ones I have seen are too complex and costly for my taste. This DI shows a method that uses an absolute minimum of low cost parts: a dual-color LED and four other parts. Figure 1 shows the simplest version. With 9V on B+ only the gre ...

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A basic Arduino Solar PV Monitor.

I have just recently had solar pv installed, mainly to future proof my energy costs, I do not expect it to be like drilling for oil in my back garden, however the return looks to be encouraging. The install gives you another single unit meter, from this you will see the total amount the panels produce, but that is about it. I wanted to know how much the production was as it was happening, I discovered the l ...

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5.5W – 2 Channel Audio Amplifier

Description The small 2 Channel amplifier constructed around Sanyo’s LA4445 IC delivers 5.5Watts +5.5 Watts at 4 ohm load, supply in 12V DC 2Amp, Input impedance 30K. Specifications Dual Channels output : 5.5W Minimum External Parts Very small pop noise at the time of power supply ON/OFF Good ripple rejections Small residual noise Built-in protectors 1. Thermal Protector 2. Overvoltage Surge Protector Stand ...

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New Product – VFD Modular Clock IV-18 SMT

We showed a demo of this clock at Maker Faire Tokyo 2014 and it is now available in our online shop! VFD Modular Clock IV-18 SMT edition is a special solder-free kit version of the original VFD Modular Clock . The kit comes with all electronics pre-soldered, but you still assemble the enclosure yourself. Features: IV-18 8-digit Russian VFD Display Tube Open source mbed based firmware LPC1347 ARM Cortex-M3 6 ...

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miniSpartan3

The miniSpartan3 is our new, low cost, tiny, FPGA kit.  It starts at just $29, and there is a more powerful FPGA chip available for $39. Features: The Spartan 3A XC3A50 FPGA ($29), or the Spartan 3A XC3A200 FPGA ($39) from Xilinx. An on-board USB JTAG Programmer to power and program your FPGA. An on board USB to Serial Interface. One HDMI  output port. 41 digital I/O pins. A 4-channel analog to digital conv ...

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Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module

The Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module is a multi-language voice synthesizer that converts a stream of digital text into natural sounding speech. Using the universally recognized DECtalk text-to-speech synthesizer engine, Emic 2 provides speech synthesis capabilities for any embedded system via a simple command-based interface. Parallax, Inc. is the exclusive manufacturer of Emic 2. For questions and technical su ...

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Specialized ICs, PV Cells Enable Energy Harvesting from Indoor Lighting

Indoor lighting offers a convenient energy source for many applications but lacks the high-power levels of solar energy. In fact, indoor lighting energy-harvesting systems face a number of challenges that differ subtlety from those encountered in solar-energy harvesting. Nevertheless, engineers can quickly implement energy-harvesting designs using a variety of components and specialized devices from manufac ...

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New electrolyte promises to rid lithium batteries of short-circuiting dendrites

Dendrites – thin conductive filaments that form inside lithium batteries – reduce the life of these cells and are often responsible for them catching fire. Scientists working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the US Department of Energy claim to have produced a new electrolyte for lithium batteries that not only completely eliminates dendrites, but also promises to increase battery effi ...

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