New project batch from Cornell University ECE 4760

It’s been a regular tradition every spring to check out on what’s new in Cornell University ECE 4760 final microcontroller projects. This year isn’t an exception. It seems that they started a 2010 list on new great AVR ATmega644 projects. List is still building up but there already is a 20 project list with projects like Human Tetris, Glove Midi Controller, Talking Voltmeter and other. All projects are compiled with WinAVR/GCC tools – so everyone can take a glance and give a try. It’s a great list of projects starting from 1999 so there are tons of great interfacing examples, code snippets and even ideas for your new project. Keep eye on that lists as there are more to come (it always reaches about 40). Way to go ECE 4760!

Carbon Nanostructure Research – The Revolution for Brand New Devices!

Carbon nanostructure research is a very amazing experiment, as the scientists from around the world trying to figure out the ways to use the carbon nanostructure technique to create the smaller yet lighter electronics devices! In this case, Dr. Jiwoong Park, a professor from Cornell University who received funding for basic research for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is starting his investigation in the carbon nanostructure. According to Mr. Park, most of the devices that being used in the Air Force missions are highly different from commercial ones. Let’s take an example, the devices in the Air Force are often exposed to harsh environments. Hence, it’s very tough to maintain their maximum performance! Mr. Park described the Carbon-based nanostructures are much tougher than the ordinary aluminum, as it including carbon nanotubes and graphenes. Recently, Mr. Park and the research team are examining single molecules, nanocrystals, nanowires, carbon …

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New series of AVR projects from Cornell

It’s been a tradition to check on new projects from Cornell University ECE 4760 Engineering class. They build cool AVR based projects each year and seems that they are getting more and more advanced. During the last 5 weeks of the semester in ECE 4760, Microcontroller Design, students had to combine sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, and mathematical techniques to build something. So 2009 final end up with whole 39 cool projects that include a 3D mouse, Haptic appointment manager, fart detector, tissue impedance biopsy system and several interesting musical instruments. This year the coding was done using WINAVR GCC and AVRstudio. You can hardly find so many AVR projects in other place that are well researched and described. And this number is growing since 1999. This is a great idea to publish these projects instead of stacking them somewhere in dark place like many universities do. Students do lots of interesting …

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