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Intel Edison Projects

By : Avirup Basu
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Intel Edison Projects

By: Avirup Basu

Overview of this book

Change the way you look at embedded electronics with Intel Edison. It is a small computing platform packed with a set of robust features to deliver hands-on performance, durability, and software support. This book is a perfect place to kickstart development and rapid prototyping using Intel Edison. It will start by introducing readers to the Intel Edison board and explaining how to get started with it. You will learn how to build a mini weather station, which will help you to acquire temperature and smoke level and push it to the IoT platform. Then you will see how to build a home automation device and control your appliances using an Android app. Furthermore, we will build a security system using a webcam to detect faces and perform voice recognition. Toward the end, the book will demonstrate how you can build two robots, which will be based on different line sensing sensors and can be controlled by a PC. The book will guide the readers through each and every step of execution of a project, using Intel Edison.
Table of Contents (7 chapters)

More advanced motor drivers

While dealing with robotics, there may be some cases where L293D isn't quite a good option due to its current limitation. In those cases, we opt for more powerful drivers. Let's have a look at another product from robokits, which can pretty much drive powerful high torque motors:

Dual motor driver high power. Picture source:

The preceding motor driver is my personal favorite. It has multiple controls and can drive high torque motors. The driver has the following five control pins:

  • Gnd: Ground.
  • DIR: When low, the motor rotates in one direction; when high, it rotates in another direction.
  • PWM: Pulse width modulation to control the speed of the motor. Recommended frequency range is 20 Hz - 400 Hz.
  • BRK: When high, it halts the motor in operation.
  • 5V: Regulated 5V output from the motor driver board.

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