The usual method to detect smoke consists in measuring the reflection of a light beam on the smoke particles suspended in the air. Although we don't explicitly have a smoke detector in our product catalogue, we recently started offering a product which can be used for this: the Yocto-RangeFinder. Indeed, this sensor uses exactly the same principle for its main feature (distance measurement) and can therefore easily be used as USB smoke detector, or even as a networked smoke detector.
This week, we are going to talk again about our programming libraries, to announce a good news: We added an optimization which reduces running time by about 40% and splits by half the quantity of transferred data.
This week, we show you how to make a Windows application using Yoctopuce modules, in C#. The exercise is interesting because most C# examples provided with the Yoctopuce API are actually console applications. Windows Forms applications introduce some small differences which you should note. Note also that this post doesn't pretend to teach you C# programming. You are supposed to have some knowledge of it already :-)
The Yocto-Buzzer is a small module enabling you to provide an acoustic ack to the user, which is particularly useful when you work with a mini-computer without a soundcard or when you work remotely through the network. To ease the use of the Yocto-Buzzer, today we present a simplified method to generate short jingles.
We take great care of our programming libraries, in particular of their ease of use. However, there is one spot where our libraries can be tricky: using our libraries from several threads. This week, we clarify and improve the situation.
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