By now, you must have understood it: Yoctopuce R&D department works like a weathercock. The expression is somewhat simplistic, but we do really try to fulfill our customers' expectations. Each time a customer asks us whether we wouldn't want, by any chance, to create a module to do this or that, we carefully write down the request. And we create new products depending on the interest they rouse. This week, it's time for the new GPS module that you have demanded quite often.
We recently bought a Roomba automatic vacuum cleaner and we started to look at how to hack it as soon as it was out of the box. The Roomba is equipped with a serial port which enables you to control the robot. This serial port uses a Mini-Din socket and works in TTL levels (incompatible with an RS232 port). Luckily, we just announced the Yocto-Serial: a serial interface which can work with TTL levels.
In an industrial environment, the 4-20mA standard is a practical and robust mean to move a captor several hundreds of meters away. But when you multiply the number of sensors or the physical parameters to be measured, or when the resolution of analog transmissions is not good enough, you must find another transmission system. That's when the RS-485 standard comes in: it is the industrial cousin of the RS-232. And from today, thanks to the Yocto-RS485, you can interface RS-485 devices with the same ease of use an any Yoctopuce module.
Last year, Apple presented its new programming language for iOS and OSX: Swift. This language is easier to use (and to learn) than Objective-C and its syntax is radically different. To ensure a smooth transition to this new language, you can create "hybrid" applications which have a part written in Swift and a part written in Objective-C. Theoretically, our Objective-C library should work as-is in a Swift project. In practice, it's somewhat more complex...
This week, we present the newest module in the range of Yoctopuce temperature sensors: the Yocto-MaxiThermistor. The ideal product if you need to measure temperature at several locations.
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