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

Sensors move Underground

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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Sensor Sunday: Doggie Wearables, Monitoring Shoppers and Catching TV While You Doze Off

KipstR Will Catch the TV you Can't Stay Awake For

In the past two years there’s been a boom in talk around the Internet of Things and Wearables. People are putting more sensors into cities, into their homes and onto themselves. Interest in the quantified self and home automation are on the rise.

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Sensor Sunday: DARPA’s atom-width brain sensor, single-motor robots, and more smart cities!

Graphene Sensors Provide View Into the Brain like Never Before

It’s another Sensor Sunday and there has been more sensor news than we can possibly encapsulate here, but these are some of our favourite stories, plus a look at a really clever single-motor robot. Iowa Flood Center Installs Sensors to Provide Flood Updates

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How To Keep pH/ORP Sensors Accurate and How we Learned this Through Shipping

  Given the manhandling that goes on in many mail distribution centres, how exactly should one ship a delicate sensor like a pH/ORP electrode, ensuring it stays moist, doesn’t freeze, and doesn’t bump around as to avoid putting the sensor bulb

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How to Make a Phidgets-powered Night Light

  Use Phidgets to control a night light. In this project a pressure sensitive rug is attached to the SBC digital inputs to turn the LED light on and off. When the light is triggered, the SBC polls a temperature sensor and

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Exploring the Many Methods of Object Detection.

There are a lot of different types of sensors out there that can be used to detect the presence of an object or obstacle. Figuring out which one is right for your application can be a bit difficult, and is

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