nScales are ready!

We got a shipment in last week. After a few design iterations, we finally settled on a design for our PCB ruler, nScale. We now have enough nScales in house to ship to our $5 backers, and include with each and every nScope shipment. We’ll be packing these up and sending them out to 95 backers who backed us at the $5 level within the next week. The rest of our backers will be receiving them with their nScope package.

nScope kicks off in a big way

What a month it has been. We just concluded our month of crowdfunding on Kickstarter, and we raised over $187,000 from over 1700 backers. This is a success we could never have imagined. As well look ahead, we plan to finish prototyping and deliver the most recent generation of nScope by September 2015.

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Demonstrating nScope at Chicago Northside Mini MakerFaire

It’s been an incredibly exciting 60 hours from Friday night until now. Early Saturday, we were selected as a Kickstarter staff pick, and we’ve raised over $18,000 from over 170 backers.

Additionally, we exhibited at the Chicago Northside Mini MakerFaire on Saturday. We brought with us 4 nScopes and a variety of circuit demonstrations to show all the cool stuff you can build with just a few simple circuits.

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nScope has launched a Kickstarter campaign

We’ve had so many requests to purchase nScope, we’re launching a Kickstarter campaign. We want so much to share nScope with the world, but to do that, we need to make an order large enough to bring the price down to a sustainable level. This type of project is, we feel, perfect for Kickstarter.

We’ve spent the last several months preparing nScope for its public debut, and now it’s time. If you like nScope and want to see it made, please support and share our story with anyone you know might be interested. Thanks so much for your interest and support.

Real-time PID control with nScope

One of the reasons we use microcontrollers every day is because we need to control physical systems. Motor control is a very basic application in which microcontrollers prevail over full-blown computers. Lately, we’ve been testing the limits of nScopeAPI. In this video, we demonstrate a real-time motor controller implemented in python, using nScope as the hardware interface. Because the computer is in the loop, prototyping the PID parameters is super fast and easy. Tuning control parameters and seeing physical results has never been easier.

Circuit dynamics with nScope

We’re underway in our development of the new nScopeAPI, which will allow users to program nScope’s inputs and outputs with any C, Python, or Matlab code they write. While testing this new API, David wanted to show how nScope can be used to perform custom circuit measurements. Check out the video, in which he shows an RLC circuit responding to a pulse and sine wave input.

nScopeAPI can be used for controlling RC Motors

The nScope API currently under development will enable nScope to do so much more than just read electric signals. In this post, Nick demonstrates how the pulse generator can be used to control the position of an RC motor. Using the new API, he reads the tilt of an accelerometer and uses that value to control the position of the motor in real-time.

Basic debugging with nScope

Probably the most important thing you need an oscilloscope for is debugging. We all build circuits, and a lot of the time, they don’t work right. Not even experts build circuits that work the first time. Instead of pulling our hair out looking meticulously at the diagram, at the circuit, and back to the diagram again, we choose to use a scope to figure out where the signal isn’t acting like it should. In this example, we demonstrate how nScope can be used to debug a basic Arduino project.