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Aug
3
Button R click released
Posted by on 03 August 2015 12:32 PM
  Like Benjamin, buttons never get old. You can have your swipes, multitouch gestures, taps and double taps, but the tactile feedback from pushing a physical button is difficult to replace. It’s the type of technology that won’t ever get surpassed. Add a bright LED under it — in this case red — and it suddenly looks like a real important button. What does it do? Does it launch rockets into orbit? Or does it dispense embarrassing tweets about your enemies from some undisclosed account? Depends all on how you set it up, of course. By itself (given a 3.3V or 5V power supply), the button just sends an interrupt signal to the target MCU. The background LED is controlled separately through the PWM pin. In our Libstock example, we played with the background LED. It changes patterns with subsequent button presses. Just goes to show that you can use it for more than a simple on/off switch (the background LED can indicate multiple states). As with other clicks where LEDs play a prominent role, more colors are coming up. See more details on the product page. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Aug
3
Rotary Y click released
Posted by on 03 August 2015 08:50 AM
  A fourth color? Y not? When fully lit, these 16 LEDs radiate from the 15-step rotary encoder like sun rays on childrens' drawings. Needless to say, it works the same as with the red, green and blue versions. It's a knob you can spin around continuously, each full circle comprising 15 steps that go click, click, click. The output consists of A and B signals which are out of phase to each other. You can also push down on the knob, which will send an interrupt to the target board MCU. The LEDs are controlled separately, through the SPI interface. The Libstock example is the same as for the previous Rotary clicks. The details are on the product page. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Jul
31
3D Motion click, a 9-axis sensor fusion hub
Posted by on 31 July 2015 03:44 PM
  The MM7150 module onboard 3D Motion click combines a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer together with a motion coprocessor. The coprocessor has sensor fusion algorithms that filter, compensate and combine the data from each sensor. The resulting output accurately and reliably quantifies motion through 3D space. You can also access raw data from individual sensors (the module incorporates a Bosch BMC150 accelerometer and a Bosch BMG160 gyroscope). However, the motion coprocessor fixes the potential drawbacks of each individual sensor — the algorithms suppress magnetic distortion, cancel gyroscope drift, all the while performing background calibration. What you get in the end is a way to easily design and develop devices that require motion or positioning data. Robotic hands and wii-style remote controllers come to mind, but also wearable sports gadgets (quantify that perfect forehand, dance move, or karate kata). More details on the product page. Libstock examples are also ready. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Jul
30
Barometer click released
Posted by on 30 July 2015 12:28 PM
  Barometer click carries LPS25HB, the type of sensor you’ll find in airplanes, alpine watches, but also weather stations. It’s a highly sensitive piezoelectric absolute pressure sensor that can detect as little as 0.01 hPa RMS in high resolution mode. The measurement range is from 260 to 1260 hPa (a hectopascal is equal to a milibar) A barometer and altimeter are essentially the same thing. The only difference is whether you use it as a stationery device to monitor changes in atmospheric pressure (to brace yourself for a headache if you see a declining trend) or, as a portable sensor to gauge altitude (the pressure drops the higher you go; the value at sea level is used as a reference point). Barometer click is versatile enough to be suitable for your design whichever way you go. The board can use either SPI or I2C interfaces. There’s also an interrupt pin which could be configured in two ways: (1) to send an alert when a certain threshold value is reached; or (2) to send a signal whenever there’s a change in pressure values (this is done to reduce power consumption). More details are available on the product page. Some code to start with is also available on Libstock. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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Jul
30
PIC compilers live update, version 6.6.2
Posted by on 30 July 2015 07:04 AM
  A quick note, just to let you know what's happening. If you had been following our news for the previous few weeks, you've noticed that we updated compilers, one after the other. After this one, there's only PIC32 left. PIC compilers get a tiny upgrade, because they have been updated recently, so they already have all the features we implemented in compilers this year. PIC32 will be a different story though. Stay tuned. Yours sincerely,MikroElektronika
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