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Rafael found an application called Yenka in the web. This software is wonderful! You could use it for simulating many things. We are using it for designing and simulating electronic circuits but other stuff like mathematics and physics are available too. It is a very nice application for teaching and learning…
Below is an image of a simple transistor switch designed with Yenka.
You could simulate the circuit. When switching the button in the lower left corner. You could measure the Voltage and Ampere at every point of the circuit… ;) Now I don’t need so much time to solder anymore… even it is a lot of fun soldering own devices.
You could download it for free and use it completely for free when using it at home! With all features!!! There is a version for Mac, Windows AND Linux available.
I got my new toy some minutes ago. A Netduino!
Netduino is an open source electronics platform using the .NET Micro Framework. The idea is taken from the Arduino platform but the difference is, that the Netduino is being programmed in .NET and it has a much more powerful 32-bit microcontroller onboard. It is an AT91SAM7X512 with the following specs:
- Atmel 32-bit microcontroller
- Speed: 48MHz, ARM7
- Code Storage: 128 KB
- RAM: 60 KB
Hopefully I could develop with the Mono project for it but at first I will do my work in a Microsoft based environment. Sounds contradictory? Yes, it is… but I want to give it a try… ;)
I am a little bit it ill at the moment but it will be a funny weekend when playing with this nice piece of hardware.
Yesterday evening I have build a small relays for switching high voltage lines with my Arduino. It uses the “Blink” example and switches on for 10 seconds then switches off for 10 seconds. I have used this document to get my work done.
Relays switched off.
Relays switched on.
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$Date: 2009-03-07 13:57:30 +0100 (Sat, 07 Mar 2009) $