Projects in the August 2005 issue of EPE Magazine
Motor Amplifier — A heavy duty speed control add-on for radio controlled combat robots. Interfaces with a simple primary speed controller. Operates from robot's on-board 24V d.c. supply, drives a 150W permanent magnet motor and can interface with common RC speed controllers. Forward and reverse control. Our Motor Amplifier design has been battle-hardened and thanks to its paralleled MOSFET output stage is as near bomb-proof as we can make it!
Audio System - Communications — A modular design pre amplifier with automatic gain control (a.g.c.) and a power amplifier with switched filtering, for communications and surveillance applications. Compatible with electret and moving coil microphone capsules and more, this system can form the heart of many audio comms systems and uses common transistors for ease of construction. The audio amplifier uses the TBA820 i.c.

Pain Monitor designed in response to a request from a consultant anaesthetist, this device is a patient welfare logger that enables a record to be kept of pains experienced by a patient. A row of 10 pushbutton switches represent and record pain threshold values. Two more buttons record the presence (or absence) of other symptoms, e.g nausea or itch. Serial interface to a Windows PC, and the resulting data can be analysed in Microsoft Excel. Provision for monitoring up to 99 patients on the same unit. An LCD displays latest recorded patient data. Battery powered, with memory backup.

Back To Basics Kitchen Timer - using simple 4000 CMOS devices, we demonstrate how to build some basic but useful circuits that are ideal for beginners. A kitchen timer displays elapsed time, up to nine minutes in one minute increments. Built in audio buzzer circuit. Also this month we show a Room Thermometer that displays ambient temperature on a row of l.e.d.s.

Also in this month's issue: Ingenuity Unlimited (readers' own circuits), PIC n MIX - how to use the DS1307 RTC chip with PICs, Net Work on the arrival of broadband, Circuit Surgery discusses more code snippets for CompactFlash cards. Our Interface feature describes the use of a PIC-controlled DAC as an ADC. All this and more in the No. 1 hobby electronics magazine! Buy back issues from our Online Shop or Subscribe now!