Getting Started with Electronic Projects

Build thrilling and intricate electronic projects using LM555, ZigBee, and BeagleBone
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Getting Started with Electronic Projects

Bill Pretty

Build thrilling and intricate electronic projects using LM555, ZigBee, and BeagleBone
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783554515
Paperback176 pages

Book Description

With Getting Started with Electronic Projects, you will create several popular electronic security projects. This practical and accessible guide will show you more than just building handy and useful electronic security projects.

Beginning with what the hams call "DC to Daylight," you will learn how to build everything from an IR Beacon to an RF power meter and a ZigBee point-to-point network. All you need to get started is a few simple tools and ordinary soldering skills.

The projects eventually become more complex when you start building an infrared flashlight using materials from a dollar store. Here you start with a IR flashing beacon and a motion sensitive alarm with a really cool on/off switch, then you move on to a black box project that will turn your sound card into an oscilloscope and eventually a ZigBee-based alarm system.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction – Our First Project
Basic tools
Flashlight – step 1
Flashlight – step 2
Headlamp – step 1
Summary
Chapter 2: Infrared Beacon
What is a 555 timer and how does it work?
Our 555 timer circuit
Assembling our flasher PCB
Building and assembling the case
Going further
Summary
Chapter 3: Motion Alarm
How a 555 timer works in monostable mode
How our alarm works
Assembling the case
Assembling the PCB
Testing the alarm
Going further
Summary
Chapter 4: Sound Card-based Oscilloscope
The output section
The input section
The PCB assembly
Software
Sound card oscilloscope program
The Zelscope software
Visual Analyzer
The ZRLC meter
Making ZRLC measurements
Example test setup
Summary
Chapter 5: Calibrated RF Source
Assembling the PCB
Going further
Programmable attenuator
BeagleBone I/O pins
Control software
Summary
Chapter 6: RF Power Meter – Hardware
Making power measurements
Testing and calibration
Making actual measurements
Summary
Chapter 7: RF Power Meter – Software
Suggested hardware setup
Part 1 – installing and configuring the OS
Part 2 – Installing the additional software and dependencies
Using the RF power meter software
Summary
Chapter 8: Creating a ZigBee Network of Sensors
Part 1 – setting up the ZigBee modules
Part 2A – the network hardware
Part 2B – the alarm system hardware
Part 3 – building the actual network (software)
Going further
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Build an infrared beacon with the LM555 timer for someone interested in night vision
  • Develop a motion detector using a mercury switch-activated car alarm sensor
  • Redesign your PC sound card into a real oscilloscope and signal generator
  • Build an RF power meter with some RF assembly techniques and programming skills
  • Write Visual Basic software that will poll the power meter we created for readings and calculate antenna gain
  • Use several ZigBee devices and a BeagleBone to create a wireless network of alarm sensors

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction – Our First Project
Basic tools
Flashlight – step 1
Flashlight – step 2
Headlamp – step 1
Summary
Chapter 2: Infrared Beacon
What is a 555 timer and how does it work?
Our 555 timer circuit
Assembling our flasher PCB
Building and assembling the case
Going further
Summary
Chapter 3: Motion Alarm
How a 555 timer works in monostable mode
How our alarm works
Assembling the case
Assembling the PCB
Testing the alarm
Going further
Summary
Chapter 4: Sound Card-based Oscilloscope
The output section
The input section
The PCB assembly
Software
Sound card oscilloscope program
The Zelscope software
Visual Analyzer
The ZRLC meter
Making ZRLC measurements
Example test setup
Summary
Chapter 5: Calibrated RF Source
Assembling the PCB
Going further
Programmable attenuator
BeagleBone I/O pins
Control software
Summary
Chapter 6: RF Power Meter – Hardware
Making power measurements
Testing and calibration
Making actual measurements
Summary
Chapter 7: RF Power Meter – Software
Suggested hardware setup
Part 1 – installing and configuring the OS
Part 2 – Installing the additional software and dependencies
Using the RF power meter software
Summary
Chapter 8: Creating a ZigBee Network of Sensors
Part 1 – setting up the ZigBee modules
Part 2A – the network hardware
Part 2B – the alarm system hardware
Part 3 – building the actual network (software)
Going further
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781783554515
Paperback176 pages
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