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  • How about a simple strip of coloured LEDs arranged like a VU meter? Could be very useful for any wearable "meter", since you ideally want the LEDs to have a fairly regular spacing--not easily achievable by sewing single LEDs in place.

  • You don't have to pay the entire cost of testing up front, so what you would usually do is to perform the tests you're most likely to fail first. If you fail a test, you need only repeat the tests you've already done.

    You can also do "pre-compliance scans"--not as detailed as the full test, but they are cheaper and will give you an idea if something is going very wrong.

  • I got an estimate recently from one testing company for FCC/CE testing for an intentional transmitter. Just the Bluetooth part of things will run about $10-$13k. The non-transmitting stuff runs another $15k or so.

  • Probably way too late for you, but I wanted to add that receivers based on the u-blox 6 chipset will definitely work up to 50 km altitude and 500 m/s speed (independent limits). Above 600 m/s, position will not be reported. Otherwise, there is no limit on altitude alone.

  • I've noticed the same with my own designs based on the Venus. I really appreciated Venus' customer support, but I can't say I ever had good results with their receiver. The old 10 Hz data looked interpolated. Compared to data from a u-blox receiver, the Venus showed almost a second of lag. It seems highly unlikely that they've managed 20 Hz of usable GPS data at this price.

  • Another potential difference: Doing a bit more research, the ADS1102C seems to have 500 MSa/s single-channel sampling rate (the same as specified here) and 250 MSa/s double-channel rate. This could explain the discrepancy with the specs on the product page linked above, which seems to be for the ADS1102CML.

  • I think I've found the difference... The scope pictured here seems to be an ATTEN ADS1102C:
    Compare this with photos of the ADS1102CML:
    The 1102C, for example, seems to have a 5.7" display, whereas the 1102CML has a 7" display. The product page linked above shows data for the CML series, but there is no mention of the scope SparkFun is selling.

  • The photos here look quite different from the 1062CML shown on the product page--in particular, the aspect ratio of the screen catches my eye. Do these units have a 7" display?

  • I recommend that you actually pay for it. Someone's put a lot of work into that software, and it's available for a fraction of the cost of a license of, e.g., Altium. I think it's awesome that they provide a free version, but, as a software developer, let me assure you that free versions don't pay the bills. What pays the bills are the folks who can make use of the full version--like yourself. Please don't rip off a company that actively supports hobbyists.

  • To add to this suggestion... Rather than multiplying the output voltage, I've gotten better results feeding it into an op amp comparator, like this:
    V1 comes from the pulled-up Hall sensor output, and V2 comes from a voltage divider set to give 250 mV. The output will go to one rail or the other depending on the sensor's output.
    This setup has a couple of advantages. First, it goes all the way to GND and VCC. Second, if you have more than one Hall sensor, it will require only one voltage divider (one op amp per input with the voltage divider's output going to each one).

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