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Control accurate incremental voltage steps with a rotary encoder

Experimenting with an HF oscillator, I needed to control the varactor diode voltage in precise increments over a 2V-10V range. A buffered potentiometer was the obvious choice, and connecting two pots in series to give coarse/fine control (or using a multiturn pot) would offer improved control over the varactor voltage. However, this approach still didn't allow me to generate uniform increments and decrement ...

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Control Loop Challenges of Wireless Systems

Though embedded modules can be used be used with Wi-Fi, the aim of recent protocols is providing wireless networks with more focused support for control loops. For tight control loops, devices supporting the IEEE802.15.4 ZigBee standard can be used in supporting the recent protocols. Below is a Microchip’s MRF24WB Wi-Fi module. For sharing a common medium of communication, sensors and controllers are requir ...

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Control servo motors with potentiometers and Arduino

I needed to be able to control 3 different servo motors by altering the position of 3 potentiometers. There are lots of people out there doing things like this, but I couldn't find an exact match for everything I needed, so I decided to post up this instructable to bring everything I learned together in one place so that anyone else who wanted to do something like this could get it up and running quickly. T ...

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Freeze 75 – and you have a temperature under control

A device operates OK until it reaches stable operating temperature … a typical situation in praxis usually caused by a faulty component or faulty (cold) joint. Localization of such a fault is easy only if we can cool down (locally) a given component or a given joint. It´s often possible to suppose a source of malfunction, but to be able to localize it exactly, we´d need to change temperature of only one com ...

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Basic Automotive Lighting Control with MCU

Summary The electronics trend in automotive is continuously rising due to the demand in the market. The technological developments are now into embedded system in which the manufacturers are developing products that suits to the needs of the people. In this design, it features a automotive lighting control using an MCU with S12 CPU core, 25 MHz bus and up to 240 KB on-chip flash with Error Correction Code ( ...

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More awesome DoorBell control

My first DoorBell Mote prototype was working nicely and it allowed monitoring the door bell (while also triggering it remotely – toddlers love it). But I wanted more. On weekends the family likes to get a well deserved nap during the day and often those pesky solicitors ring the bell and wake everyone up. So naturally the doorbell has to be disabled also, without major effort or any disconnected wires. Soun ...

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Auto Intensity Control of Street Lights

treet lights are controlled manually in olden days. These days automation of street lights has emerged. But one can observe that there is no need of high intensity in peak hours i.e. when there is no traffic and even in early mornings. By reducing the intensity in these times, energy can be saved to some extent. There are many methods to save the power like Switching the street light on detecting vehicle ,  ...

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