SFH 3310 & SFH 5711 Light Sensors

18 May 2009 Sensors
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After I successfully shed some light its time to see some light. For this you normally use photo diodes, photo transistors or photo resistors. But there are two nice little detectors which I came across, special enough to post them here: The Osram SFH 3710 and SFH 5711. Both are photo diodes respectively transistors adapted [...]

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Low Voltage RGB LED

9 May 2009 Tinkering
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Most of my parts want a 3.3V voltage supply. Most of my projects relay on a single coin cell battery at 3V. But driving an RGB LED from 3V is no fun at all. Lets take for example a nice strong RGB LED like the Osram LRTB G6TG – the green channel runs at 3.2V, [...]

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My couch programmer

11 April 2009 Tinkering
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Some days ago I searched for an small USB-based AVR programmer. After some research I stumbled over an new old friend. The AvrUsb500 SMD from tuxgraphics.org: To make it short: It is a bit pricey but exactly what I was looking for. But read the full review after the click.

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Arduino & LIS302DL

13 February 2009 Sensors
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Ages ago I bought an LIS302DL from Sparkfun. One of the old (little bit) messed up ones, but still 3 axis accelerometer with I2C output. No external parts. No pain. Fine! Before I go in any further investigation. I need to get it up & running with my arduino (actually an boarduino – but who [...]

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Last year in electronics

4 January 2009 Tinkering
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One of the best way to see what I achieved last year is to have a look at my electronics trash can: Somehow nice and gives a good overview (a lot of through the hole stuff, some audio stuff, some more or less successful projects, some SMT efforts). Lets see what I throw away this [...]

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Tinkering with ADJD-S371-Q999

17 August 2008 Sensors
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The initial idea of “How was your day, darling” was to record the colors for a day. You know a morning is golden, evening is reddish, thunderstorm is greenish and so on. Measuring this with a simple RGB LED is a brave approach – but hard and cumbersome. So I ordered an ADJD-S371-Q999 color sensor [...]

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