These are high tech jigs, fixtures and instrumentation/automation gizmos that bill built. Electrical gizmo builder for the UNLV Physics Dept.
Bill O’Donnell – Tech Gizmo Builder
These projects are advanced and not for a beginner student or newbie hobbyists. These pages are knowledgable and will help students and DIY enthusiasts understand more about Lasers, Precision Temperature Control and stepper motors among other things.
Auto Fill Circuit for Laser Cooling Loop – Ethernet Data Logging
Here is an automation solution with a ethernet usage. The code and diagrams are also there. This is something that covers many aspects of engineering in one project. Try such things out to learn, only after you have mastered the basics.
“The Ethernet connection is based on an XPORT form Lantronics. Basically it lets you use a serial port to send things over Ethernet. A PIC microcontroller with an A/D converter digitizes the pressure, the pressure set point, the high and low pressure alarm points and the supply voltage (since everything is ratio-metric). “
“For measuring distances I chose to use SRF08. It is an ultrasonic ranger with I2C bus and measure range from 3 cm to 6 m. The sensor has a beam width of 55 degrees (-6 dB points) and when mounted on top of one of the servos it can be used for covering well over 180 degrees.”
BeagleBot – Beagle powered robot – A small experimental robot with Beagle Board as it’s heart.
Servo System -Double Hitec HS-422 servos mounted on a special two axis brackets. – 5 pcs of normal RC servos with 50 Hz PWM control. ATMega16 at the expansion board creates the PWM for all of the servos and provides an I2C control interface for them. User space application running on beagle board can thus control the servos just sending only a simple I2C message.
“The Beagle Board is a low-cost, fan-less single-board computer based on Texas Instruments OMAP35x processors featuring the ARM Cortex-A8 core”
The USB-powered Beagle Board is a low-cost, fan-less single board computer that unleashes laptop-like performance and expandability without the bulk, expense, or noise of typical desktop machines.
Beagle Board – Create Open Embedded Devices
The BeagleBoard.org Foundation is a US-based non-profit corporation existing to provide education in and promotion of the design and use of open-source software and hardware in embedded computing.
hobby-electronics.info information site electronics hobby. For beginners or learners taking an electronics course! would be a fun way to start. Electronics Projects page has some projects with a PCB layout for easy building too.
Learn thru Hobby Electronics
The Course – “We start with a few lessons about voltage, current en resistance. Next, we’ll discuss power dissipation and capacitors, diodes and transistors. We now have enough knowlegdge to build a simple power supply. And after a few lessons about differential amplifiers and operational amplifiers, we are even able to design and build a professional lab power supply.”