€15 IoT Geiger Counter using ESP8266

Geiger counters are devices used to detect radioactive emissions, most commonly beta particles and gamma rays. The counter consists of a tube filled with an inert gas that becomes conductive of electricity when it is impacted by a high-energy particle. The Geiger–Müller tube or G–M tube is the sensing element of the Geiger counter instrument used for the detection of ionizing radiation. Biemster wanted to i ...

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The SilentSwitcher, A Quiet Mains-free Power Supply

Audio projects become smaller over time with the rapid advancement of technology. A traditional power supply is still considered large compared to audio projects size constraints and it may not fit such delicate applications that need to deliver a good sound with zero noise. Jan Didden, audio specialist who is known for his own publications Linear Audio, has came up with a new idea that can help in perfecti ...

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Reverse engineering a server CPU voltage regulator module

A recent ebay fishing expedition yielded an interesting little part for the very reasonable sum of about five pounds. It’s a voltage regulator module from a Dell PowerEdge 6650 Xeon server. I originally bought this because I had the idea of salvaging parts from it to use in another project. These are high quality modules that will have very good inductors and sometimes an array of high value ceramic capacit ...

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Temperature-to-period circuit provides linearization of thermistor response

Designers often use thermistors rather than other temperature sensors because thermistors offer high sensitivity, compactness, low cost, and small time constants. But most thermistors' resistance-versus-temperature characteristics are highly nonlinear and need correction for applications that require a linear response. Using a thermistor as a sensor, the simple circuit in Figure 1 provides a time period var ...

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ICS501 simple frequency multiplier

Today I made a high frequency multiplier using a single component: the ICS501 PLL clock multiplier IC. This chip provides 2x, 5x, 8x (and more) clock multiplication using an internal phased-lock loop (PLL). At less than a dollar on eBay, $1.55 on mouser, and $0.67 on Digikey, they don’t break the bank and I’m glad I have a few in my junk box! I have a 10MHz frequency standard which I want to use to measure ...

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How To Configure a 555 Timer IC

The 555 timer was introduced over 40 years ago. Due to its relative simplicity, ease of use and low cost it has been used in literally thousands of applications and is still widely available. Here we describe how to configure a standard 555 IC to perform two of its most common functions - as a timer in monostable mode and as a square wave oscillator in astable mode. 555 Signals and Pinout (8 pin DIP) Figure ...

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Arduino Wattmeter: Measure Voltage, Current and Power Consumption

As electronics engineers, we always depend upon meters/instruments to measure and analyse the working of a circuit. Starting with a simple multimeter to a complex power quality analysers or DSOs everything has their own unique applications. Most of these meters are readily available and can be purchased based on the parameters to be measured and their accuracy. But sometimes we might end up in a situation w ...

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Disconnect circuit for 12 volt lead acid and lithium batteries

There are two things that you don't want to do with any rechargeable battery on a routine basis: Overcharge it. Overdischarge it. While the above are true for lead-acid batteries, they are particularly true of Lithium-Ion chemistries, but for different reasons. With Lead-acid batteries: Lead-acid batteries - particularly the "flooded cell" types (e.g. those to which you can add water) can handle quite a bit ...

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Simple Arduino Radio with TEA5767

Ok, before to introduce this project, i want to apologize for my English, my native language is French... Secondly, this is my first Instructable, and it's the first part of a biggest project (a MP3/SD card/USB/radio/bluetooth/clock/alarmclock/temperature/humidity on TFT touchscreen 3.5") So, I was searching for a tutorial to create a simple Radio with Arduino... And all what I found was very complex sketch ...

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Circuit delivers constant power to a load

If you have a load with a variable or poorly specified resistance and want to regulate the power applied to it (a heater for example), merely controlling the voltage or current will not work, as in both cases the power P = I2R = V2/R depends on R. Instead, let us generate pulses with constant energy Epulse, independent of the resistance of the load RL. Then by changing the frequency f of the pulses we can c ...

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Climate Cube for Greenhouse

Opening 26 pieces of windows at the same time in a 2,000-square-meter greenhouse under just 20 seconds? Yes! Story 2 years ago I decided to step to a new level in controlling micro-climate in our thermal water heated greenhouses. Before that time for example we did all airing by opening-closing windows manually. It was a waste of time, took hours per day! So the "simple" and clear step was to build automati ...

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Optogenetic hardware setup

Arthur English's group at Emory has developed a custom device that they have used for stimulating peripheral nerves optically in anesthetized mice using a standard optical fiber. The device is compact, rechargeable battery-operated, and controlled either manually or by computer using an analog input. Essentially, laser LED illumination is coupled to an optical fiber by a collimator and can be attached to a ...

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