All items in category Test & Measurement
June 18, 2015
Google’s Project Soli promises a tiny radar-based chip capable of tracking sub-millimeter movements. Is this the next level of gesture control? Although it’s still in its early dev stage, we like the look of what we see! At Google I/O sessions, the company unveiled its approach to gesture control for wearable devices; Soli: a tiny radar-based chip capable of tracking sub-millimeter motions. This interactive sensor can measure the movements and gestures of fingers and translates the resulting signal into commands, allowing the users to control different features as if they were using a conventional touch interface.
June 9, 2015
LabNation SmartScope: unique multi-platform USB oscilloscope
The SmartScope designed by the young Belgian company LabNation is — to our knowledge — the only oscilloscope that works with all popular operating systems: Windows 7/8, Linux, OS X, iOS (jailbroken) and Android 4.0+. So the software can run on a standard PC or laptop, but also on a tablet or smartphone. The control interface is specifically designed to operate with touch-screen or mouse and is equipped with various software decoders (such as I2C and SPI) for decoding digital signals.
April 8, 2015
Tektronix Entry-level Function Generator
Tektronix Inc., has introduced a new entry-level Arbitrary/Function Generator. The AFG1022 is targeted at educational institutions and supports a wide range of use cases and course subjects. The AFG1022 also integrates with the new TekSmartLab wireless lab instrument management solution....
February 20, 2015
Post Project 53: Reference Sine Wave Generator
How do you build a generator using only a few components while obtaining the lowest possible distortion? Here follows the account of the practical experience from many experiments, which resulted in a statevariable oscillator with a distortion well below 0.001%.
February 10, 2015
PicoScopes with Deeper Memory
Pico Technology has announced that its 3000D Series oscilloscopes launched in October last year now offer deeper memory. This comes on the back of last November’s release of beta drivers for Mac OS X and Linux operating systems for their range of oscilloscopes and data loggers adding to the ...
January 26, 2015
Keithley 7½ digit touch screen DVM
We are used to seeing oscilloscopes with built-in features such as function generators, DVMs and spectrum analysers but now Keithley have switched the tables and produced a DVM or ‘Graphical Sampling Multimeter’ with a built-in waveform capture/display feature. The DMM7510 has a 5 ...
December 2, 2014
Red Pitaya: Not just a USB scope module
Red Pitaya is the first open-source instrumentation platform that can be configured for various measurement tasks. Ready-made apps are available on the Web for downloading, but you can also program your own specific measurement processes. Several potential measuring tasks and demo programs are described in this item. To get an idea of what the module can do, have a look at the block diagram in this article. The central component is a Xilinx ZC7Z010 system-on-chip (SoC) device. It contains a dual- core ARM9 processor clocked at 800 MHz, which hosts a Linux distribution on the Red Pitaya board.