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…
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…
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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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.
Connecting Phidgets to Raspberry Pi is increasing in popular. The Raspberry Pi allows Phidgets to work in more remote places where a user might not want to put a PC.
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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.
There’s a vast selection of load cells available from sensor companies around the world. While all these load cells do basically the same job, there are some subtle differences that are worth clarifying when connecting them to the 1046 Phidget Bridge. Lots of resources exist online…