ARM7 OLED clock

As indicated in the tile, the project is a clock based on an ATMEL ARM7 controller using a 128×128 OLED display. The clock face is like an analog clock face and the time values is obtained by a real time I2C based clock. A natural LED showcase is appropriate to battery-controlled applications when contrasted with an equal LCD in light of the fact that an OLED show just powers the pixels that are lit. Moreover, the display has a wide angle view then the LCD display. The controller has a dedicated SPI ports along with an A/D converter.


An RTC has been used instead of a software clock as it requires less power. Moreover, another interesting feature of this clock is that it has adaptive display which is achieved by using a light-to-voltage converter. All the components in the project have been chosen keeping in mind the power constraints. The software for the microcontroller is written almost entirely in assembly language for efficiency purposes. The entire schematic is available on the project website.

LPC2132 remote cabin monitor

If you have some property located remotely without telephone you probably still want to ensure its security. Remote Cabin Monitor (RCM) was designed to keep an eye on property and send messages via shortwave link.

Glen Worstell have put a system out of LPC2132 based ARM board (KEI MCB2130) and some external components so he could perform following control operations: periodically enable radio system so it could listen for incoming commands. Then decode received DSP signals, read parameters like battery level, perimeter breach, temperature, bilge pump and then transmit status message back.

Interactive detecting power grid load

Well this sounds interesting and seems it is even more actual. Humanity consumes more and more energy every day. When talking about electrical energy – we still depend on electricity that isn’t clean. So why not to start saving. This project won’t lower your electrical bills but will help to save mother Earth a bit.

Circuit simply tries to detect when power grid is on a heavy load and delays switching on non crucial devices until high-load period passes. From technical point of view it is enough to monitor AC frequency. If it drops a little below normal 50Hz (or 60Hz) then it indicates that line is loaded and generators feel some brake that tries to stop them. This task is led for Olimex LPC-2478-STK with ARM7 processor. It is overkill for such project but this gives more abilities like touch screen interface and WEB ability. Of course one human with such device wouldn’t make a difference but if all would add some adaptive flexibility it could lower pollution on global bases.

Netduino – .NET Micro Framework board

Arduino has been inspiring lots of projects. So, this one, so called netduino, seems interesting as it is .Net Micro Framework based development board and is open source as well. This means you can program it by using .NNET programming technology that include lots of features like multithreading, event based programming, debugging and more. Board includes a 32 bit Atmel ARM7 microcontroller with 128KB Flash and 30KB RAM.

It has a list of features that are far ahead comparing to regular Arduino. So if you need more power to perform more complex applications consider using this one. And yes – it is compatible to standard Arduino shields.