Whitepaper: Choosing the Right Hardware for Prototyping

Prototype of the boxing Bots using Phidgets (Photo credit: Clint Rutkas)

When prototyping an idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from the costly, proprietary packages like National Instruments to the low-cost and open source options like Arduino, and the multilingual, mid-cost solutions like Phidgets.

Different projects have different requirements, but Phidgets safely falls in the middle of the two extremes providing easy integration and cost-effectiveness. However, both National Instruments and Arduino type products can be useful depending on your goal.

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Encoder Velocity: A Common Miscalculation

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Encoders are commonly used to track the position, velocity, and acceleration of motors and other mechanical objects. If you are new to the operation of encoders, please refer to the Phidgets Encoder Primer for information that may help in understanding this

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How to Play Music on Motors

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If you’ve ever played with motors, you’ve probably noticed their musical hum as they turn at different speeds, but have you ever thought of putting your motors to use as a musical instrument? While this project probably won’t be something

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How to Control A 4-Digit 7-Segment LED Display Using Phidgets

How to Control a 7-Segment Multiplexed Display with Phidgets

Phidget user hammerstan set out to create a 5-digit display using a single multiplexed 7-segment LED display and minimal electronic components. Without having an extensive electronics background, he’s found using an IC/chips based method overly complex. So, he wired a 5-digit 7-segment LED directly

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Launching a Web Server for Home Monitoring

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Last year we talked about setting up simple home automation. Building off of that, let’s talk about setting up a web server on the SBC to share data on the world wide web.

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Find Us Featured on EEWeb.Com

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We’re pleased to be featured as EEWeb.Com‘s site of the day. Other featured sites have included MySensors.org, Hackster, littleBits and more. You can find us on the front page starting March 23rd, 2015, then look for our feature page at this EEWeb

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Sensor Sunday: Wearables for Baby, Underground/Undersea Sensors, and Sensors in the Environment

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There’s a ton of sensor news this week covering all aspects of the technology. We’ll look at city sensors, pipeline sensors and a few different environmental sensors. But first, let’s talk about wearables for babies.

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Specialized Sensor Series #3 – RFID

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The purpose of this series of blog posts is to highlight a specific class of unique sensors and walk through what options are out there and which ones will work with your Phidgets devices. This post discusses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers and tags.

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