Digital Control Unit

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The Digital Control Unit (DCU) makes it easy to use the digital output lines of an interface to... more
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The Digital Control Unit (DCU) makes it easy to use the digital output lines of an interface to control DC electrical devices.

Including a DCU with your standard Vernier sensors provides a perfect way to implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the classroom. The engaging quality of DCU projects will appeal to students who may not necessarily be drawn to engineering or computer programming. In addition, DCU projects can be simple and fast enough to easily integrate into your sensor-based science curriculum. For those students wanting more, the DCU can be used to create fun, sensor-based projects such as a motion-controlled drinking fountain or an automated blood pressure cuff.

Controlling an electrical device is easy with the DCU and Logger Pro software. The DCU connects to a Vernier interface the same way a digital sensor does; just connect it to a digital port (an LED on the DCU will provide feedback that it is properly connected). There are two easy ways to connect your electrical device to the DCU; connect your electrical device to the DCU header pins or screw the electrical device’s wires into the DCU’s screw terminal. Once the electrical device is attached to the DCU, an external power supply, such as the LabQuest or LabPro power supply (not included), is required to power the device. Start Logger Pro and start using your DCU to run a low-cost STEM activity from simple DC electronic components.

The DCU can also be controlled using National Instruments LabVIEW for Education software. In addition, the DCU can be connected to an Arduino or NI myDAQ.

Specifications:

  • Output lines: 6 (Logger Pro software allows independent control of the first 3 lines)
  • Maximum current on each line: 600 mA
  • Allowable power supply and output voltage: 5 to 12 volts

DCU Project Ideas:

  • Pulse a speaker to generate sound
  • Flash lamps or LEDs
  • Temperature-controlled environment
  • Robots with sensors and feedback
  • Moving displays
  • Alarm systems
  • Electromagnetic mass driver

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grade: Diploma/ Vocational/ Uni
Subject: informatics, mathematics, physics, Robotics/ Microcontrollers, Vernier
Hersteller Vernier International
Celebrating its 35 th anniversary in 2016, Vernier Software & Technology continues to... more
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Vernier International

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2016, Vernier Software & Technology continues to be a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science and math. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier’s technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace.

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