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Creating crystals

By martinm, in DIY, may 22,2015.

One of us recently bought one of these scientific kits for children. Yes, at Yoctopuce, we still are big kids :-) The idea was to grow crystals, but frankly the result wasn't very convincing. We ended up with a pile of ridiculously small crystals at the bottom of a plastic cup. Nothing like what was promised on the box. We wondered if we could better the concept with some Yoctopuce modules. Let's see if we can do as well as Walter White...

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A USB scale without driver

By martinm, in DIY and Programming, april 17,2015.

The Yoctopuce team recently decided to record the weight of each package to be sent, in order to compare the pre-computed weight to the actual weight. And as we don't really like repetitive tasks, we decided to do it automatically. So we bought a few scales with an RS232 output. And this week we take the opportunity to show you in detail how to transform a Kern scale into a Yocto-Scale in a jiffy.

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Keybox, email, and RFID

By martinm, in Internet of Things and DIY, april 10,2015.

Our blog articles are generally used to give ideas on how to solve issues with Yoctopuce modules.Today, we offer you not an idea but a complete realization, which can be used by any user without computing knowledge...

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An automatic Nespresso capsule dispenser

By seb, in DIY and Android, february 06,2015.

When one gets a Nespresso coffee machine, the first question that comes to mind is how to organize the different colors of coffee capsules. While chatting with friends about the existing solutions to this "problem", we have been challenged to build an automatic coffee capsule dispenser. Of course, we could not resist...


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First tests of the LIDAR-Lite telemeter

By mvuilleu, in DIY, Measures and Reviews, january 09,2015.

When you wanted to measure a distance at a precise location, there wasn't, up to now, any middle range between very expensive laser telemeters (of the Baumer type) and cheap sensors (of the Sharp type). These cheap sensors don't provide a real measured value and are very limited distance-wise. Therefore, we were particularly interested in the LIDAR-Lite project which announced a distance measure of several meters for under $100. Nine months later, the baby is here at last and we can test the final version of the product to try out this new technology.

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