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Encoder Velocity: A Common Miscalculation

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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Temperature Control and Insulation for Outdoor Phidgets

There are many instances where Phidgets might get stuck outdoors: weather stations, RC vehicles (quadcopters, underwater vehicles, robots, etc), outdoor installations, and applications we haven’t imagined yet. Some specific examples of Phidgets in the outdoors are a giant drum machine, a sky temperature scanner and precision

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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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Where we Found our Old Frenchman

It’s not everyday that you go to buy a sleeping bag and find your company’s next director of marketing. For the last 6 years, Bernard has been applying his special brand of organizing and simplifying to each part of Phidgets. Its quite

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How Phil & Sebastian Roast Coffee With Phidgets

Phil & Sebastian is a small-scale Calgary-based coffee roaster focused on quality coffee that comes directly from the farmers. Two engineers from Calgary, Phil & Sebastian, opened their first café seven years ago, leaving their cushy jobs behind to explore their passion for

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Introducing Videos to Get You Started with Phidgets

It’s actually really easy to set up Phidgets on your computer and get some programs running. Before you know it you’ll be controlling motors, turning on lights, reading sensor data and all sorts of stuff… but first, let’s go through the

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The Technical Details of Technology Gardens

As the ideas for the garden coalesce and become cemented, it becomes time for actual planning. That means drawings, measurements and maths. I’m lucky, I love maths (and drawing). I’ve gone through fourteen pages of sketches, starting off with sixteen planks

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