As you know, we already provide an Objective-C API which allows you to access our modules from a Mac. There are other devices which use Objective-C: the iPhones, iPads, and iPods. If, currently, it is not possible to directly plug in a Yoctopuce module on an IOS device, it is quite possible to interact with our modules through the network (WiFi or cabled). What would you think of monitoring all your Yoctopuce modules, comfortably lounging in your couch, with an iPad?
It may happen that, one day, for a given application, you must do without our high level programming libraries. For example because you must drive the modules in a language we do not support (yet), or because you don't want to bother about object programming. It's quite possible, and here are the keys to success.
In most of the examples of use for our modules which are published in this blog, a USB connection with a computer is required. It's logical for USB modules, but it's constraining. Laptops, even if they are small, take up some space. And it's difficult to devote a computer for each do-it-yourself idea that goes through our heads. Let's have a look at alternatives that exist or could exist...
Some time ago, we started to sell the RaspBox, an acrylic glass enclosure for Raspberry PI, these little computers worth $25 of the size of a credit card. This enclosure was sold at a very small price (CHF 8.50). But here we are, we are going to have to raise its price (a lot), and we thought that we should at least tell you why.
When you build an electrical circuit requiring some power, for instance in a remote controlled scale model, it is essential to correctly size the wires and the battery. If the wires are too thin, they transform themselves into an electrical heater; worse, if a LiPo battery is undersized, it can transform itself into an incendiary bomb... The problem is that power consumption can be measured only in real life circumstances, when the motor (or any other consumer) is really working. Thus, it becomes interesting to use a small embedded ammeter from which you can read the measures later by USB. This is the perfect opportunity to present the Yocto-Amp, our new product.