An ATmega brushless sensored motor driver v02

David Gironi writes, “Brushless electric motor (BLDC motors) are synchronous motors that are powered by a DC electric source via an integrated inverter/switching power supply, which produces an AC electric signal to drive the motor. Hall sensored motors uses hall effect sensors or a rotary encoder to directly measure the rotor’s position. See the full […]

How to make analog sensor readings with digital I/O pins

Edward Mallon wrote an article describing a technique he used to make analog sensor readings with digital I/O pins: Will this method replace our pin-toggled oversampling? Perhaps not for something as simple as a thermistor since that method has already proven itself in the real world, and I don’t really have anything better to do […]

DIY wireless temp/humid/pressure sensors for measuring vacuum sealed 3D printed filament containers

Scott M. Baker writes: I made some wireless sensors, using BME280 temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors, together with SYN115 transmitter modules. I used these to verify the storage of vacuum sealed “PrintDry” 3D filament storage containers. See the full post on his Scott M. Baker blog. Check out the video after the break.

‘No-Parts’ temperature measurement with Arduino Pro Mini

From the comments on our ESP8266 temperature logger post, Edward Mallon  writes: The ESP8266 has a hardware watchdog timer, so you could probably use that to measure temperature to much better resolution that you’d get from a DS18B20. We get better than 0.003C using the technique with cheap Pro Mini Clones Ooops, I missed an important […]

Tiny particle sensor node with decorative case

Lucky Resistor published a new build: This article is about a small sensor node with a decorative case. It is based on the Raspberry Pi Zero W board with a custom sensor shield on top. I publish all hardware files for a simple version of the sensor, so you should be able to build this […]

Outdoor UV index sensor

A detailed instructions of how to build this outdoor UV index and ambient light sensor from Mare & Gal Electronics: The VEML6075 senses UVA and UVB light and incorporates photodiode, amplifiers, and analog / digital circuits into a single chip using a CMOS process. When the UV sensor is applied, it is able to detect UVA and UVB intensity […]

BMP180 based USB atmospheric pressure monitor

Dilshan Jayakody published a new build: We initially developed this USB atmospheric pressure monitor to study some operating characteristics of Bosch BMP180 sensor. BMP180 is low cost sensor to measuring barometric pressure and temperature. According to the data sheet this sensor can use to measure pressure ranging between 300hPa to 1100hPa. This sensor is introduced […]

Dual ultrasonic sensors combine for 2D echolocation

A how-to on making a Dual-sensor ultrasonic echo locator by lingib, project instructables here: This instructable explains how to pinpoint the location of an object using an Arduino, two ultrasonic sensors, and Heron’s formula for triangles. There are no moving parts. Heron’s formula allows you to calculate the area of any triangle for which all sides are […]

Small motor controller with integrated position sensor

Ben Katz writes: A while ago I added the hall effect encoder IC I’ve been using directly to the motor controller PCB.  The controller sits directly on the back of the motor (with a magnet added to the motor shaft), and the phase wires solder straight in.  I also have a pair of board-mounted XT30 […]

Weather logger with Losant and Amazon Alexa

Steve documented his experience experimenting with home weather logging: Like a million other people on the Internet, I’ve been experimenting with home weather logging. I roll my eyes at the phrase “Internet of Things”, but it’s hard to deny the potential of cheap networked sensors and switches, and a weather logging system is like this […]

Lift: Millimeter-level finger tracking with Arduino and light sensors

Researchers at the UC Irvine and the FX Palo Alto Laboratory present Lift, a visible light-enabled finger tracking: By projecting encoded visible patterns onto an object’s surface (e.g. paper, display, or table), and localizing the user’s fingers with light sensors, Lift offers users a richer interactive space than the device’s existing interfaces. Additionally, everyday objects […]

Bridge monitoring system using wireless sensor network

Zx Lee and his friends built the bridge monitoring system using wireless sensor network, that is available at github: Recently, I completed a mini project together with two of my friends. So I am going to take this opportunity to share the project that we have made, we named it the Bridge Monitoring System (BMS) […]

Making the Electronics for a 24GHz doppler motion sensor

Limpkin has a nice write-up on his tiny CDM324 Doppler speed sensor: You may recall the article I wrote a couple of years ago about a nearly identical Doppler sensor, the HB100. While the HB100 is using a 10.525GHz frequency, this new module uses 24.125GHz! This has the main advantage of being compatible with European […]