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In this tutorial we will be using an Arduino to control the speed and direction of a DC Motor. For this tutorial we will be using our basic DC Hobby Motor but this tutorial can be applied to just about any DC Motor out there that falls within the peak voltage and current specifications of the H-Bridge we are using.
While very basic, how to power an LED is probably one of our most commonly asked questions. Here are a few simple steps to getting started with LEDs on a breadboard. The math behind choosing a current limiting resistor is also covered in this tutorial.
A Few Considerations:
• While there are special LED driver chipsets out there, we are going to keep this to basic components.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is the newest version of the popular single board computer by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Pi 3 (or Pi 3B) is a huge step up in terms of computing power and is the first version to feature 64bit architecture. In addition to a bunch more computing power this new version of the Raspberry Pi also features built in Bluetooth LE and WiFi.
The Raspberry Pi Zero is the latest single board computer released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Zero is a change in direction for the foundation; it is a direct shot at making the cheapest single board computer possible. Being cheap does not mean this board is lacking power, but there are some differences to note between this board and the previous versions of the Pi.
While the Blinky Light Kit does include instructions, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words! We have assembled this quick visual guide to help you get your first soldering project built and blinking.
A Few Considerations:
Before we jump into soldering this board together there are a few points to consider.
The TMP36 temperature sensor is an easy way to measure temperature using an Arduino! The sensor can measure a fairly wide range of temperature (-50°C to 125°C), is fairly precise (0.1°C resolution), and is very low cost, making it a popular choice. In this tutorial we will go over the basics of hooking the TMP36 up and writing some basic code to read the analog input it is connected to.
In this tutorial we will be controlling a solenoid with an Arduino and a transistor. The solenoid we have picked for this tutorial is our Plastic Water Solenoid Valve (perfect for controlling flow to a drip irrigation system) but this tutorial can be applied to most inductive loads including relays, solenoids, and basic DC motors.
In this tutorial we will be hooking up a Flow Sensor to an Arduino Uno to measure liquid flow. This type of flow sensor is designed to measure the volume of liquid traveling past a given point, a great way to keep tabs on how much water your drip irrigation system is using, or any other project were the flow of liquid needs to be tracked.
The 4 Channel Relay Breakout is an easy way to use your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or other microcontroller to switch high voltages and high current loads. The board is both 3.3V and 5V logic compatible and uses 4 digital outputs to control 4 individual relays. Each relay has the common, normally open, and normally closed pin broken out to a convenient 5.0mm pitch screw terminal.
What is BC Robotics?
BC Robotics Inc. is a supplier and manufacturer of electronic kits, components, and accessories based in Nanaimo BC, Canada. We stock a large selection of popular items from Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Adafruit Industries, SparkFun Electronics, Pololu, Makey Makey, Sparkle Labs, and many more!
MakeTime For Kids
May 20th @ 1 PM
Makerspace Nanaimo presents this kids event featuring 3D printing demos, robotics, electronics, woodworking, craft making, and fun with magnets