Countdown Timer

Hey guys, first forum post. I have just gotten into the electronics field, and I have made a few circuits that I have read schematics from. There's something I want to make, and it's a countdown timer. This is want I want it to have: Be able to count down from at least 15 seconds and be able to change the amount of time Have some 7 segment displays Use the least amount of voltage possible (ie: not need to use the mains or some 12 volt power supply, id rather use a couple of AA's) Have a relay capable of turning on or off a light. And to be as simple as possible. Because I am rather new to this I would rather a schematic, rather than just some help on which components I need to use, because I don't know where they need to solder to where.  Thanks

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555 Timer Projects

Help me find projects using a 555 timer as many as possible. The hreater the better

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Strong Egg Timer mechanism?

I want to a mechanism that turns a drum very slowly for a few hours.  It should work just like an egg timer: You wind it up and then it turns slowly. Is there mechanism available that works like this or do I have to built it from scratch?

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My actuator died after just 2 months. Was the relay the villain?

I set up a linear actuator on a timer with a relay and 12 Volt 5 Amp battery exactly like to project you show on your site. It worked like a champ for about 2 months the stopped. I thought maybe the battery need a recharge but that wasn't the issue. When the switch opens and remains open the red light on top of the relay remains on. I keep the door open for about 4 hours in the morning then it closes. It opens again for about 4 hours before dusk then closes again until the next morning. My concern is that the red light on the relay is indicating that the switch is on continuously sending electricity to the actuator. After 2 months it just fried the actuator.  I took apart the actuator and it looks like its brand new with no black spots on the copper wires. I'm hoping I just have a bad actuator.

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Mechanical / Wind up - 60 minutes timer

Hello guys,I am planning to do one project where I need to use mechanical timer - or better said mechanism. It needs to run for 60 minutes and it does not need to be really precise. So +/- 5 minutes is not a problem. Now... the main "problem" bothering me is the size of this mechanism. Maximum diameter of the mechanism should be under 3.5cm and maximum thickness can be 2.5cm.. This is why I can not use mechanical mechanism from kitchen timer. Because it is too big. (diameter of around 5.5cm or even more).. I have been thinking of mechanism from wind up toys since it is really small.. Is there any way to modify it? Does anybody have experience with this? I have been thinking also of using damper and spring... The other requirement is that it needs to be cheap (which means under 5$), that is why I can not use mechanism from watches. Basically what I would need is the same mechanism you can get in kitchen timer, but it needs to be smaller. Now I do not care with which technique or mechanism we achieve this. It just need to run for 60 minutes and it needs to be mechanical. Can anybody please help me with suggestions on how to make this work? Thank you everybody in advance!Best Regards, Luke

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Breadboard Circuit for a servo?

I am looking for someone that can tell me what to do on a basic electronic breadboard (what timer, resistors etc) to be able to create a circuit to drive a servo. Basically i am an over ambitious art student that wants to use a a servo on a timer to alternate between 0 and 90 every 5 seconds or so (i haven't decided what time i want it to be but figured i could adjust it?) I am learning about these things on a DIY basis but as i am short for time i want to get it sorted. Any help would be appreciated.

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Does any one know how to use the timer of the block heater pole? Answered

I recently bought a car and there is a external engine block heater in my parking lot. However i don't know how to set the timer in the block heater pole. Can anyone help me?

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How build a cost-effective device that automatically clears exhaust fumes out my garage?

Soon I'm going to move into a building which shares living quarters with a garage. I'd like to rig up some sort of relay-triggering device that opens a nicely sealed set of vents (one intake, one output) and activates a fan exhausting garage air  - one that activates the minute I open the garage door, and then continues exhausting fumes for a few minutes after I drive the car away (and close the garage door). After those couple of minutes, the fan would stop, and the vents seal shut Due to the "lay of the land" (garage right off a busy road, with very short hidden driveway) I will be backing the car in, so exhaust gases will be concentrated at the back of the garage (close to living areas) - rather than near the open garage door. And as my car has a turbocharger, I often need to let it idle for a minute or two ( to let the turbo cool down) before turning it off to park. So it would be most useful to be expelling those exhaust fumes out of the garage! The question is - what's really the most simple and cost-effective platform for this kind of a system? Could a 555 timer, a few discrete components and some relays do the job elegantly? Or am I better off just diving into Arduino-Land?? Any related ideas (solenoid-closed vents, efficient fans, ducting through walls, etc ) that are especially thrifty - would also be greatly appreciated!!!

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Short range radio pulse transmitter design?

I need something simple to transmit pulses 2-3 meters to a receiver The transmitter will output a pulse every few seconds, transmit a small burst at X frequency. The receiver then outputs a short high pulse/outputs high for the duration of the received pulse. I want this to be as simple as it can possibly be, cost being the primary restriction and power usage being also of fairly high importance, so please no suggestions of Bluetooth or xbee type systems. It does not have to be a radio based system, however it needs to work without line of sight and of course without connecting wires. If it helps the overall aim is a 'safety signal' that will set of an alarm at the receiving end if several pulses are missed Anyone? EDIT: To clarify I am looking for simple, like really simple. So the transmitter is just a resonator and antenna. What I need is a simple receiver that will respond to a specific frequency, on or off. Does such a thing exist? 

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I was wondering how do I connect a dimmer switch to a 24 hour programmable timer for a faux window. Answered

I was wondering how do I connect a dimmer switch to a 24 hour programmable timer for a faux window. I want it to look as real as possible. So I am looking for sunset and sunrise. Any help would be great! Thank you?

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Tired of dumping dehumidifier... Float switch, submersible pump, and a timer?

I have a small dehumidifier with a removable tank that has to be emptied far too often.   It has an integrated float switch in the tank that shuts down once full, but if you neglect to dump it, the basement gets way too muggy. I would like to put in a submersible pump (like this) that is activated by a simple mechanical float switch.  Once activated, I only want the pump to run for a set amount of time, in order to keep the pump from pumping all the water out and running the pump dry.  I thought about this timer, which has a minimum interval of one minute.  One to two minutes of pumping would be about right for the tank size, depending on the pump flow rate and where the float switch was set to initiate the pump. I had originally looked at a Kerick Valve float switch, but this will only let enough water drain out to lower the float and close the valve.  This will essentially just trickle out. Any ideas on this? I don't want to drill a hole in the tank and just run a drain tube... though I considered it.  Part of the reason is that I wanted to avoid just letting it trickle out.  And I also felt like I wanted to tinker just a little.  :)

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How to make my house window open (and then later close) horizontally (linearly) on a timer?

I have a fan on a timer in my house but I need a window to open and close so that the fan is effective (it will be opening during the day in the winter and during the night in summer.) The window is 3 feet by 4 feet. I was thinking of using a jackscrew set-up, but all the diagrams I've seen have an SPDT switch, which won't help me because I'll be asleep or at work. So I need both the ability to connect it to some kind of timer AND the ability to open AND close separately. The idea of re-purposing a garage door opener strikes me as a good idea, but it's massive overkill. But it would have most of the attributes I need--I would just have to have a timer trip the circuit and HOPE it never gets out of sync and mistakes open for close.

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can i convert 220v dc to 9v dc.....such that 9v is the power supply of 555 timer.....

No other  supply is given only 220v dc is given....current can 50mA

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How do I wire a 12V DC motor to micro switches, relay digital timer and battery?

I am wanting to wire up a door to my hen house that will open in the AM and close in the PM. I have a 12V DC powered cordless drill motor and a digital timer. Can you help me on what I need to make this all work as far as switches, relay, etc. and possibly give me some guidance on how to wire it up? Just so you know, I have very limited electrical experience. Thank you. Rod

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How can i make a mechanism base for Cradle to jerk, those should have a timer too to control. how?

I just thought in my mind about this.   as i seen hanging cradles, thought that how can i make, customize this with an electronic device, if then, can put timer to on/of at night,to jerk self. then, the baby can  get a good feeling as he/she is with her mother. i am sure that, this will give her(mother) happy too.   pls, guide me to get an hands on this, that how can i make a device to jerk, with battery or with power?? if then, i can add this to the cradle. pls guide me in this regarding

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How to create time log for laser cutting machine?

I need to record total time spent by the oaser cutting machine, something like a time log to calculate the whole set of jobs done per day instead of recording it manually, is there such a thing? I am getting a chinese laser cutting machine, it only has a timer that shows the time per job.

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I need to make a irrigation system that lime won't block and will help cut weed growth?

 It can use a timer or electronic value but it must be cheap and run on no more than 12 volt. We live in an area of hard water, I have tried the soaker hoses but they block with lime very very quickly. The water will be from a water butt, so low pressure I was wondering about drilling 1mm holes in 1/2" pipe and leave it underground like a soaker hose.  

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Electrical problem. My extractor fan keeps on tripping my RCD whenever i turn it on. Answered

I recently installed an Xpelair XX150T exractor fan in my bathroom. This model has an intergrated timer (which i do not want to use so i didn't connect up the unswitched live) and is supposed to be run off of a 3 pole fan switch. From my distribution board the cables are going to a switch and from there to the 3 pole fan switch and on to the fan. At the distribution board the live is connected into a 20Amp breaker and the neutral is connected to the main neutral bar. Whenever i switch on the fan the RCD trips. I've checked my wiring and i cant see any reason for this.

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rustoleum on cars

Come on people!! We have "PROS" saying it cant be done to 1st timers with excellent results. i've painted cars with spray cans (not recommended) of course I used Walmart cheepo paint, Tractor paint (had JD green, IH yellow, FORD white and mixed every thing together and sprayed it on my Toyota pu. mint green, lasted 5 years till I got tired of it. Then used Western paint Porsche red on same truck weathered badly after 2 years. Now I am going to paint my 93 Dakota with Rustoleum flat black and then get the grandkids to help camo it  with spray bombs,brushes, whatever. Just remember lifes short, HAVE FUN

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Convert motion activated prop to timed/random

I've searched for weeks for an answer that doesn't require a PhD in electrical engineering and hope someone here can help. I have a motion activated Halloween prop (walk by and it talks, etc) however, it requires quite a bit of light in order to detect the motion. I'd like to either put it on a timer and/or just let it chatter randomly so that it will actually be useful. I love the phrases he uses more than  the prop itself and plan to remove it's electronics to place in a different prop. However, it's pointless if it remains quiet as we won't have him close enough to a bright light source to make him talk. Help? Thanks Elaine

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How can i make "something" to fly ? like rc helicopter...

Hello , im new here , congrats for the great community. I want to build "something" i dont know what it will be yet , but i want to make it fly. How can i achieve it ? It would be very light ~< 1/4 kilo maybe less , i thought it would be a great idea to use something like this;=item1c0d6ba54f but i dont know if it will help.. i want to "fly" it to all directions and control it left right backward and forward , up and down.... any ideas ? thanks !

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How to prevent voltage drop on solar phone charger?

Hello folks, I made a solar phone charger - cell (12V 400mA - at peak 5W)  and step down DC/DC converter R-785.0-1.0 (5V up to 1000mA). and I am using it as direct charger for my phone (no batteries). When the sun is bright, everything is fine and phone is being charged almost by 1A. When the dark comes, everything is fine - no charging but also no discharging of the phone to a solar cell. Problem is in the middle, sunlight but not so much. Voltage on cell drops to 6,5 V because converter wants more power and cell cant support that (output is still 5V but almost no Amps). Problem is, that charging circuit in phone is constantly switching on and off(as the load is pluged unpluged) and that can run down fully charged battery within 10 minutes. Is there any solution how to prevent that?- for example some kind of minimum current limiter? Or I saw using 555 timer as a charger controler, but not sure how to use it. Main goal is to prevent that oscilation. Many thanks in advance.       

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How do I keep my chicken's watering system from freezing? Answered

Hi!  I just found this site and can imagine I will be spending a lot of time here!  What brought me here today is a concern from last winter.  I raise chickens and developed a winter watering system that ALMOST works... It involves 80' of PVC piping that is circulated with an aquarium pump and was heated with a bucket heater.  The water is stored in a Coleman Cooler.  The birds access the water using 10 "Chicken Nipples" ( and here in lies the problem.  Even though the system flows in cold weather, the small amount of water in the nipple tends to freeze.  I imagine I could heat the system more, but I would rather have the heat directly on the nipples to keep them warm. I could use a light bulb on each but I would rather be more efficient.  I am hoping for a way to heat a bracket or coil around each one and have it turn on periodically as needed (maybe using a timer and a ThermoCube).  All the heat coils I find tend to produce too much heat and I am afraid of melting the plastic around each of the nipples.  I have spent countless hours at Home Depot, Radio Shack and electric supply stores trying to solve this.  Any help is greatly appreciated!   ---Regards Alexander

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Help with school project. Redesigning soldering iron for beginners.

Hi guys,  I am an industrial design student at the University of Alberta in Canada looking for some help for my project. I have been assigned to redesign a soldering iron and research on how to make this tool better with input from users in the specified market. In this case, I am looking for first timers or beginners who have just been introduced to soldering and gear my improvements towards their needs. My primary design goal is to lessen the learning curve by addressing issues of safety and comfort. I have posted some questions as part of my research and would love the input. All input is welcomed regardless of skill level. Thank you for your help! Soldering Iron Design Survey 1. What is your experience and skill level? ( None, beginner, average, expert) 2. Which type of soldering iron do you use? The gun shaped one or the pen type? 3. In what environment / setting do you use it most? eg. workbench, kitchen table. 4. What were some of the needs you had for the too and were they metl? (Needs meaning minimum expectations, without which the product would be a failure) 5. What were some of the wants you had for the tool? 6. What were some problems you encountered when you first used a soldering iron? 7. Which aspects of a soldering iron besides functionality do you consider being the most important? eg. comfort, safety etc. Thanks for your help! Justin 

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Getting more power from a quartz clock movement

Using a transistor to boost the output from a quartz clock to drive a larger motor in steps. Is the idea sound what would I need? Having read a couple of instructables on equitorial drives, I found myself wondering why you couldn't just use a quartz clock movement to drive one? They don't produce much torque is the answer to that one. Why not? I took one appart to find out. The gear chain is very flimsy moulded polyethylene, or maybe nylon. the power comes from a tiny armature that makes 1 turn a second in 2 pulses the magnetic pulses are provided by a little cuircit board with the quartz ossilator on it. Here endeth my actual knowledge. My knowledge of electronics is minimal give me a good set of instructions and I can build it (unless its a joule thief but thats a different matter) but don't ask me how it works. My limited understanding of a transistor is if you put a small current or voltage across 2 pins you can get a bigger current or voltage to flow across one of them and the third, something like a relay. I was thinking if I took the out put from the quartz cuircuit that provides the magnetic pulses and used it to trigger a transistor to pulse a higher voltage and current through a small 3 pole motor kicking it around 1 pole per pulse. The motor I have a salvaged and rebuilt in an earlier instructable runs on 3V and draws 0.2A when not under load. the largest motor I have to hand is a big 7 pole one designed to power model planes or cars draws up to 15A on 7.2V the timer cuircuit for that one needed 3 Mosfet's in parralle so I'm guessing thats not possible.

Topic by Stan1y 

What am I doing wrong with Lost PLA investment casting (aluminum)?

I've tried several times to get lost PLA investment casting to work, but it never turns out great.  In the photos you see an attempt at casting some 3D printed pulleys.  Interestingly enough, the one furthest from the sprue turned out the best, but there are still pieces missing and the details aren't as good as they could be. I used 6061 scraps for the melt.  I've tried adding a bit of boraxo/boraxo+salt.  I've tried without it. The mold was made by using 325 mesh silica and plaster of paris about 45 to 55% respectively.  This produced far better details than with play sand, but still not great. After casting the mold I let it sit for 12 hours or so, and then baked it for 2 hours at 350 F, and then 2 hours at 500 F (upside-down), and then put it in the propane BBQ grill for 2 or 3 hours at max heat.  I then blew out the ash using a can compressed air.  In this photo I even kept the mold heated until just before pouring, and then I put it into the furnace until the top level of aluminum re-melted. You can see that I have several vents (2 for each pulley) and a very large sprue.  The sprue fills quickly before anything comes out of the vents. Once the aluminum melts I set a timer for 3 minutes and allow it to continue to heat before pouring. Any advice is welcome from those with experience.  Also any photos or videos of how you've made it work would be great! The pulley's I've printed are from

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Where is the induction kettle or hot water system?

No modern kitchen these days is complete without at least a single induction cooktop.Convient to even place on the table to keep things warm but also nice to have 4 or 6 "hotplates" to cook on that are actually not getting hot at all.When it comes to efficiency induction cooking tops all others as no heat is wasted.Which brings me to the point...A single cooktop goes now often for well under 50 bucks.Although the base might end up slightly higher than a normal kettle I fail to see why we don't have induction kettles in our kitchen.Why wait 12 minutes to have the thing boil if you can do it cheaper and faster?Way more convinient too as there is no pesky contacts and heating elements anymore, no failure due to leaks either...But what really got me wondering is the hot water systems or heating options like prefered in Europe.Here you have a central "boiler" so to say and water circulates through valves into finned radiators, usually located under windows.We have oil filled radiators of this kind as free standing units that are now being phased out because they waste too much energy with their heating elements.Same story for just hot water :(On demand systems are getting more popular now outside Europe but still the common solution is to have a few hundret liters of water in a tank that is kept hot no matter how much of it we use.Be is gas or electric both types have their drawbacks and to get ahead of the corrosion that always kills them we now opt for expensive stainless steel tanks...Using induction it would be very easy to have a fully sealed tank and to actually only heat what needs to be heated without wasting too much energy.The "heating" element could be just a steel plate inside the tank with no connections to the outside.The gap between wall and element doubles to make the water circulate.And changing from a fixed timer to a temperatur control system to turn the induction element on and off is not hard either.Do you have an induction based hot water system, heater or maybe kettle already?Would love to see it...

Topic by Downunder35m 

23 stage no-capacitor full auto coilgun

  *********I have updated my design since posting this topic. The video is the more current design than what is written below.**********    I came to the conclusion that using capacitors to provide the power for a coil gun is a stupid idea. A bold statement I know. The reason is that they are big and heavy, take time to charge, and need charging circuits. Also, the sharp rise in current that comes from capacitors is bad unless you are making an induction style coilgun, because the induced currents will hurt efficiency.    If coil guns are ever going to be a practical hand held weapon it will need to be lighter, simpler / less delicate, and more powerful than what you will find on the internet if you look up coil guns. A rate of fire that is competitive with conventional guns will also be needed if a coil gun will be used for anything other than target shooting or maybe hobby hunting. So I designed a coilgun to meet these requirements. Visit my website for a full explanation of the design:!em-guns/cwjy     I realized that a coilgun would not be a practical infantry weapon until batteries are more advanced anyway, so that just adds to the list of why capacitors are out. It will be powered directly off of the batteries, and have many coil stages. This allows a very high rate of fire. To get that rate of fire with capacitors you would need several capacitor banks charging at offset times, so after each bank fires another is just finished charging. That would be terribly bulky.    The lower voltage from the batteries will give comparatively slow current rise in the coils which normally would make the coil timing weird. I plan to use an unconventional coil timing though. All the coils will be activated at once, and the coils behind the projectile will be shut off as it passes them. This will have several advantages: -The coils will only be powering up for a split second at the beginning. Most coils will already be at full power when the projectile gets to them (that is not the case in most coil guns). -Induced current will not be any issue. -Since the coils will all act as one coil, the projectile will be drawn toward the center of all the coils that are on. Timing of the shut off of the coils will not need to be perfect.    This will be a pre-tuned passively timed system. I want to use a small adjustable electronic timer for the switch-off timing. This will require some work in the initial adjustment of the timing, but even actively switched coil guns (with optical sensors or something) require that. the advantage of a passive system over an active system is cost and simplicity, and you can pack the coils tighter on the barrel if you are not putting a sensor between each stage. That matters with 23 stages! As I said check out my website to see more details and pictures for this and other projects:!em-guns/cwjy

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how to save float value EEPROM

Hi This is Eabul. i want to save data to eeprom from press button . when TemperatureUp button press. increase float data like as 0.01> 0.02--------30.10> 30.61 and this value save to eeprom. and when TemperatureDown button press . decrease float data like as 30.60>30.59-----29.10 and update minus value eeprom and increase and decrease valud view lcd display . but when press button save int number not float. and show me lcd display int value. please help how to write and read float value from eeprom. press button. hear my code. //For Display #include // 3wire display LiquidCrystal595 lcd(4, 3, 2); // DS, ST_CP, SH_CP //For time #include #include RTC_DS1307 RTC; //for humidity #include "DHT.h" DHT dht; //for stor tempereratur and humidity #include int SetHumidity; int HumidityUp = 10; // switch up is at pin 10 int HumidityDown = 11; // switch down is at pin 11 float fix = 0.01; float settemp; // make a variable called temp float TemperatureUp = 12; // switch up is at pin 12 float TemperatureDown = 13; // switch down is at pin 13 //result view int led = 0; // led is at pin 0 void setup() { //For timer Wire.begin(); RTC.begin(); //For welcome screen lcd.begin(16,4); lcd.setCursor(0,0); lcd.print("Welcome Elab"); delay(2000); lcd.clear(); //for dht-11 pin setup dht.setup(A1); // data pin 2 } void loop() { //For tempererature up / down float temp[3]; getTemp(temp); float tempererature = temp[1]; settemp =; // read the settemp on the eeprom if(digitalRead(TemperatureUp) == 1 ) { settemp+=fix; settemp++; EEPROM.write (1, settemp); /* write the most recent settemp in eeprom data stoage*/ } else {} if(digitalRead (TemperatureDown) == 1) { settemp -= fix; settemp--; EEPROM.write (1, settemp); /* write the most recent settemp in eeprom data stoage*/ } if (tempererature >= settemp) { digitalWrite (led, 1); } else { digitalWrite (led, 0);} //else { }; lcd.setCursor(0,0); lcd.print("T:"); lcd.print(tempererature); lcd.setCursor(8,0); lcd.print ("ST"); lcd.print (settemp); lcd.print((char)223); //End tempererature controll //For humidity up / down SetHumidity =; int humidity = dht.getHumidity(); if(digitalRead(HumidityUp ) == 0 ) {SetHumidity++ ; } // add one to the settemp else {} if(digitalRead (HumidityDown) == 0) { SetHumidity--; } // Reduse settemp else { }; lcd.setCursor (0, 1); lcd.print ("CH:"); lcd.print (humidity); lcd.print ("%"); lcd.setCursor (8, 1); lcd.print ("SH:"); lcd.print (SetHumidity); lcd.print ("%"); delay (1); // wait 100 milliseconds EEPROM.write (2, SetHumidity); /* write the most recent settemp in eeprom data stoage*/ //End tempererature controll controll } //analog temperature void getTemp(float * t) { const int analogPin = 0; // replace 0 with analog pin const float invBeta = 1.00 / 3380.00; // replace "Beta" with beta of thermistor const float adcMax = 1023.00; const float invT0 = 1.00 / 298.15; // room temp in Kelvin int adcVal, i, numSamples = 5; float K, C, F; adcVal = 0; for (i = 0; i < numSamples; i++) { adcVal = adcVal + analogRead(analogPin); delay(100); } adcVal = adcVal/5; K = 1.00 / (invT0 + invBeta*(log ( adcMax / (float) adcVal - 1.00))); C = K - 273.15; // convert to Celsius F = ((9.0*C)/5.00) + 32.00; // convert to Fahrenheit t[0] = K; t[1] = C; t[2] = F; return; }

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I need your help! Writers and bored people! Citizen Science: Pens vs. Computers!

I'm conducting a research, and I require all ye's cooperation in this! (Indeed, this is citizen science) If you would like to participate in this tiny research, then would ye lassies and lads care to follow the below instructions? I'll write a high school-level research paper on this once there's so much data, that I'd be swimming in the stuff. If you feel like you can't do it, please do smother the link around liberally, so that other people that can answer it, will answer it! Do your part for science! =========================== Directions: You will need the ff.: > a coin > pen/pencil and paper > a stopwatch of any sort > a word processor (a word count is useful) > an internet connection (for posting the results here, of course!) Then do this: 1) Flip a coin. If heads, you'll be using plain ol' pen-and-paper (well, you could use a pencil, too), but if tails, you'll be doing the WPM's on a word processor. 2) Choose one topic below: > A > My zombie apocalypse survival plan. > B > Windows vs. Linux vs. Mac; which is better and why. > C > Why Am I Even Writing This? (dump your thoughts here) > D > Why I like my favourite movie/novel/whateverart genre. 3) Get your stopwatch, start timing and start writing (in essay form) on your prescribed writing medium (see step 1). There is no time or word limit here, however it is better if something more substantial is to be written. 4) Once you feel that you've completed your thoughts on your written piece, stop the timer and count the number of words you've written. Record the two pieces of info somewhere (I need the time in hh:mm:ss format). . . WAIT: It is recommended that you do the above steps first before proceeding to read and fill out the form in step 5. If you read the form in step 5 first, you will jeopardize the information that the form in step 5 seeks. . . . SERIOUSLY: Do steps 1-4 first, then come back down here. This is science we're talking about here. Well, if you're done with them, then sure, you may pass. . . 5) Copy-paste and fill out the following form (i.e. everything in-between the pluses, including the pluses) and post it in this forum (and delete the stuff in brackets ("[ ]", "< >"), including the brackets themselves), and no, you don't need to post your essays here: ++++++++++ ==|| FORM START ||== Topic chosen: Writing medium: Word count: Time: a) Where do you prefer writing (paper or computer)? If mixed preference, elaborate. b) In what environment did you write in? [i.e. your room, library, outdoors (if indoors, indicate if there was any sun shining through any visible windows or if it was nighttime)] c) How cluttered was your working environment (how messy)? [rate from 1-10 (decimals are accepted); describe how bad/wonderful your working environment was] d) What did you feel while you were writing on your word processor/paper? [how comfortable were you; general emotions] e) Did you encounter any difficulty in sorting out your ideas whilst writing? Please elaborate. f) Did you read this form before you started writing? If yes, why? Tell me. If no, very good! g) Did you fully understand all of the instructions? Don't be shy. kkAATCGx1 ==|| FORM END ||== ++++++++++ Congratulations! You've contributed to science! If you have any suggestions or inquiries (I really feel like I've missed something here), feel free to PM me about it! (I'd really much better prefer PM's over forum posts so as not to clutter up the semi-ultra-subjective data here). All data that is to be posted down here shall be considered open and free to anyone. If you would like to draw your own conclusions, then feel free to grab the data, but make sure to link (or cite) back here! ======================================= Also, despite intending to write a high school-level research paper on this, it's not actually for any research subject. I'm just really bored... and curious. Additionally, is this topic even in the right category? Oh, and belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to y'all!

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