June 21, 2013

Make an electrostatic field mill

 For the budding young scientist or someone looking for something different to make, check out this project by Instructables user "raht". An electrostatic field mill is a device that can measure the amount of electrostatic potential that exists around you. It's a fascinating project that's bound to either puzzle or interest others, and requires a simple variety of easily-obtainable parts. With the included code the levels of potential can be sent to a pc and graphed in processing for easier display - for example:

If this is of interest, the instructions can be found here. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

If you're new to Arduino and want to join the fun, the first step is a solid board for your projects - our Freetronics Eleven - the Arduino-Uno compatible with low-profile USB socket, onboard prototyping space and easy to view LEDs:

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