Controlling the controller, microcontrollers

Controlling the controller, microcontrollers

AUTHOR: ING. JUAN CARLOS OSEGUEDA MORALES.

As if taken out of a good futuristic film, the digital age is now a reality, it has become a complex world capable of interpreting information of everything we see, feel and hear. Although we do not realize what happens, every time we use electrical equipment, such as cellphones, televisions, computers, radios, microwaves, clinical equipment, among many others, we are interacting with small and complex microcontrollers. BUT … WHAT ARE THE MICROCONTROLLERS? There are many definitions to describe what a microcontroller is, but from my point of view, it is an artificial system that was created and perfected by scientists many years ago, with the aim of making life easier, and that is integrated by the most important components of a microcomputer. Like everything in life, these small systems can be found from the most basic, such as those shown in universities to introduce students into the automation and control world, to the more complex that are employed by scientists in the development of cutting edge equipment such as automobiles, satellites, the new iPhone among thousands more … Everything depends on what we want it to do. HOW DO I TELL IT WHAT I WANT IT TO DO? This small great system, can understand what we indicate if we do it in its preferred language, the Hexadecimal J, being a system based in logic and algorithms, it is necessary the use of programs capable to interpret the programming code and translate everything we say to its machine language. At AxisIMA, we love to play with them and develop our own electronic equipment to make our services more efficient. For this, we have the Research, Development and Innovation (R & D & I) department, which to date has developed a pair of technologies focused on coastal monitoring and PRO-BEACH CARE, using microcontroller programming of the brand Microchip, and programming applications on the Android operating system. The first one is a crosshead type drifter made for the monitoring of superficial currents. Its name is Dzul-Ha (water knight, in Maya), the processing and monitoring heart of all the sensors in it is a microchip microcontroller programmed in AxisIMA. Another development where we apply this type of technology is the BeachProTM. It is an App that allows us to monitor changes in the beach profile, in this way we can know if a beach is in an accretion or erosion.

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