Password Based Circuit Breaker

Summary Electrical accidents are rapidly increasing especially electric line repairs incident due to the lack of communication and coordination between the maintenance personnel and the electric substation staff. The password based circuit breaker device could just be the solution as only the lineman could reliably control the circuit breaker to avoid miscommunication. The system requires a password to turn ...

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Polar Heart Rate Monitor Interface + Arduino

The following code and library are compatible with arduino software 1.0+ ONLY. You can download the newest version of the arduino software here. When you start to talk about biometrics in electronics, heart-rate is usually the first thing to come up. And why not? I think it is often the thing we are most aware of changing when we get excited, nervous, are being active, or very calm. There are several ways o ...

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Home Improvement DIY: WiFi Gas Detector with Text Alerts

Hey guys, back with another little project that I’ve been fiddling with for the past week. With kids around, every parent is thinking how to make their home safer for the little ones and for everybody in general. One of the most dangerous thing in the house can be the stove and since we have a gas-powered one, I always wondered why there are no simple gas detectors that can be used around the stove, just to ...

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Quickly: KS0108B Graphic LCD 128×64 + Arduino

This is an incredibly quick post, and it is actually here simply because this thing was a pain to figure out how to hook it up. But, I wasn’t able to do anything with it more than the Arduino library was able to do out of the box. So, if you have this screen sold from SparkFun, and you wanted to hook it up to your Arduino, here is how you do that. Hooking it up LCD screens of this type are more difficult to ...

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L3G4200D Tripple Axis Gyroscope + Arduino

Before we begin, just note, that while this all works, I believe the output is scaled wrong. The noise floor is very high. But from everything I have found it looks like this is how it is. We have covered, accelerometers, GPSs, compasses… But no gyros. Why? Not sure, but I figured today I would put an end to that, so I grabbed a L3G4200D 3-axis gyro from sparkfun. The L3G4200D is a 3-axis angular rate senso ...

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Arduino Thermometer With DS18B20

ermometer with DS18B20 digitaltemperature sensor using Arduino, breadboard, jumpers. So you can measure temperature of the air, liquids like water and the temperature of the ground. *prints the temperature data on the serial monitor of the arduino IDE. DS18B20 is 1-Wire digital temperature sensor from Maxim IC. Reports degrees in Celsius with 9 to 12-bit precision, from -55 to 125 (+/-0.5). Each sensor has ...

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Sensing Barometric Pressure | BMP085 + Arduino

Light, location, temperature… What’s next? Well, how about Barometric pressure? You know.. that thing that determines so much of our weather. Well the BMP085 Barometric Pressure sensor, available at SparkFun is a great little sensor capable of sensing such small changes in barometric pressure it can be used as a pretty precise altimeter as well. And, because no Barometric pressure sensor would be complete w ...

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A Slow Display… E-Paper + Arduino

Most notable for its inclusion in the Kindel and other E-Readers, E-Paper has recently become very popular. But until very recently been out of reach to being used in personal projects. Luckily for us, SparkFun started selling and E-Paper display, and breakout board finally bringing this great technology to a place where we can slap it on the back of our Arduinos. If you are wondering, E-Ink is a brand of E ...

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Simple, Cheap Motor Controller

I've used this simple circuit several times to drive motors (like in my Stair Climbing robot) as well as solenoids. I originally picked it up from this instructable which is focused on controlling a solenoid. I wanted to isolate this circuit in its own Instructable as a motor driver so I could easily reference it from other future instructables and also provide example code to show how to use it in this man ...

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IP Time Clock using NTP protocol

REQUIREMENT: WiFi Access with SSID and password if necessary So this Lazy Old Geek (LOG) has a couple of clocks in my bedroom. One of them loses time when the power is lost. The other is semi smart and automatically adjusts for Daylight Savings Time. Unfortunately, it does this using the old standard so I have to re-set the time four times a year. Well, I’m LAZY so I decided to make my own Clock. At first I ...

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Sensing color with the ADJD-S311 + Arduino

A year ago we had an article called Sensing color with the ADJD-S371. Well the ADJD-S371 is long gone, and its replacement is the ADJD-S311 (breakout board available from sparkfun). It is basically the same all around, so without shame, I will be copying a lot of that article, because… Why reinvent the wheel? A few things you should know about the ADJD-S311 before we dive in too deep: I have never been able ...

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Rotary Encoder + Arduino

One of the first things anyone does when they start working with the Arduino is to connect it to a potentiometer and control the brightness of and LED or move a servo. Well, a rotary encoder may look like a potentiometer, but other than also having a knob, it is basically the complete opposite. A rotary encoder is a device that you can rotate infinitely. Simple ones like this one I got from sparkfun have no ...

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