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How to Play Music on Motors

Stepper Motors connected to 1063

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

Home Automation Website

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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How to Give Your Phidgets a Custom Label

Labelled Phidgets

At first glance, the device label property looks simple and maybe even dismissible. If you noticed it at all, you may have even wondered why it’s there, but be assured, there are some really neat things that you can do

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How to Log to USB Flash Drives from the SBC

Logging data to a USB Flash Drive on an SBC

There are quite a few users making their Phidget SBCs do data acquisition, and perhaps this is the plan you have for yours. Depending on how much data you want to collect, and because of limited space on the SBC itself, you’ll

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How to Set Up Multiple RFID Readers in Close Range

Do not put RFID readers in close proximity

Using multiple radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers in a relatively confined space can be a tricky proposition. We tell our customers that if they want to have multiple readers in their application that they should space them at least 1 meter

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How To Avoid Grounding a Thermocouple

If you’ve never seen a thermocouple before, you might think it’s just a cable with some wires inside. Well, it is, in way, but it’s really a tool for measuring extreme temperatures far outside the range of many other types of temperature sensors.

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