Making a simple clap switch using PIC12F683

A clap switch is a fun project for beginners. It switches on and off electrical appliances with a sound of clapping hands. Today we will discuss about making a simple clap switch that operates when it detects two clapping sounds in a row. It uses an electret microphone as a transducer for converting a clapping sound into an electrical signal. The microcphone output is amplified by a transistor and is then s ...

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Simple Power Guard – PIC12F683

This is a very simple and accurate power guard circuit. This circuit is useful to guard the electronic or electrical devices from mains transients and spikes. Very high spikes can develop at power on due to sparking in the switch and more serious effects occur when power resumes after a power failure due to high magnetic field in the distribution transformer. This will damage your device permanently. To avo ...

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Heavy duty portable charger for usb devices (phones, iPad, etc.) using PIC12F683

Heavy duty portable charger for usb devices (phones, iPad, etc.) Ever needed to charge your phone on the go? Can't find a wall socket to charge your iPod? Whenever I'm away from home for an extended period of time, I would charge my phone and mp3 player from my laptop.  This way, I get about 3 or 4 full charges out of the laptop battery and I could leave the phone and mp3 player chargers at home.  But carry ...

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Serial LCDs you can make your own using PIC12F683

HD44780 based LCD displays are very popular for embedded projects because they are cheap, easy to interface, can display characters, consume power lot less than seven-segment displays, and most of the present day compilers have in-built library routines for them. However, the only disadvantage is that they require at least 6 I/O pins of microcontroller. Well, you may ask, isn’t that less than what seven-seg ...

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3310 Nokia LCD & PIC12F683

Not long ago I saw this link for a 3310 temp probe. Now ive played with other LCD’s lots, but this one caught my attention because of the low power requirements (It runs from a single CR2032 Motherboard battery). I built the Temp probe as shown on the site and it worked well. I had several of the PCBs made, and decided that the others would be my own projects with the same hardware. I wondered what I could ...

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Pulsing Hubby Detector using PIC12f683 microcontroller

Pulsing Hubby Detector This project uses an RF receiver module to trigger a pulsing LED Heart when the transmitter comes within range. I made this for my fiance for Valentine's Day this year. I have yet to fully test the range, as I haven't actually taken the transmitter out of our apartment building since I just finished it today. The transmitter/receiver pair that I used is hypothetically capable of up to ...

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Car battery charger with PIC12F683

This time I’m starting off with a device I already built, unfortunately there won’t be any photos from the actual build, just a quick article on how I imagined it and how it works. A short story about how the whole thing started My uncle has a nice little place at the countryside at about 50 kilometers away from where we live. Unfortunately there is no electricity in the house, so the lights, music, and any ...

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Simplest Temperature Data Logger using PIC12F683

Introduction There are varieties of digital temperature logger projects available online based on different microcontrollers. The one I am going to talk about is based on a Microchip's 8-pin microcontroller, PIC12F683. It reads temperature values from a DS1820 digital sensor and stores in its internal EEPROM. PIC12F683 has 256 bytes of internal EEPROM and we are going to store the temperature values in 8-bi ...

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Picaxe Blending Nightlight using pic12f683

I had a few multicolor LEDs laying around and wanted to whip up a color-blending nightlight. I built 2 devices, each in its own 20 pin DIP socket without soldering. A 3-pin header is included so I can reprogram the light on-the-fly if desired. On my first build, I used wire-wrap. The next one used multiple wires pushed into the socket. A bit more difficult, but no wire-wrapping or soldering necessary. Parts ...

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Temperature Recorder using PIC12F683 microcontroller

Description This project uses a MicrochipPIC microcontroller, a serial EEPROM and a thermistor to create a temperature recorder. Performance The temperature is measured and stored at user programmable intervals; this can be from 1 second to 256 seconds. The time interval is set by programming it and the start time into the EEPROM. Most of the time the PIC will be asleep and the EEPROM IC is inactive. This g ...

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