• More software

    Johannes Carlsson11/09/2015 at 20:59 0 comments

    Today I got the UART working, always good to have for debugging. Next step will be to solder the temperature sensor card which contains a TMP102 temperature sensor.

  • Programming the microcontroller

    Johannes Carlsson11/02/2015 at 21:34 0 comments

    Today I took the time to program the ATTINY2313A that is the "brain" of my temperature sender circuit board. I used my Bus Pirate as a programmer together with avrdude and it programmed without any trouble. Getting the software to do what I want took another couple of minutes before I discovered that I soldered one LED backwards. After that the board now turns the LED on when pressing a button and off when releasing :)

  • Checking the frequencies

    Johannes Carlsson10/14/2015 at 20:42 0 comments

    Long time no log... I have taken a few more oscilloscope screen shots where you can see that there is a couple of different frequencies involved.

    I have also created a circuit board for the temperature logger which I soldered together today. Hopefully I will get some time to get that up and running this year :)

  • Some initial enery harvesting tests

    Johannes Carlsson05/30/2015 at 19:58 0 comments

    A couple of weeks ago I used a grinder to make room for some insulated copper wire. Today I decided to measure how much voltage I get out from it.

    Unfortunately almost no voltage at all were present. Instead I made a couple of loose coils and put on the surface and then I got some voltage. It seems like the magnetic field does not travel so long into the frying pan.

    After some tests I found that 2 turns were enough to get a good voltage.

    In above pictures I have measured the voltage with a 10x probe. The first picture is lowest level (U) and the next one is level 2 and the last maximum level (P). My induction hob has the following levels 0,U,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,P.

    When it comes to current there seems to be plenty, short circuit them makes the warn.

    The "tricky" parts here is that I need to "store" the energy for ~1.6s when using the lowest level (or perhaps it is enough to take a measurement and transmit it in 400ms) and that I need a compact circuit to convert an input voltage between 10-25v AC to 5v or 3.3v DC depending.