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ERIC Number: EJ1082734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The Seven-Segment Data Logger
Bates, Alan
Physics Teacher, v53 n9 p542-544 Dec 2015
Instruments or digital meters with data values visible on a seven-segment display can easily be found in the physics lab. Examples include multimeters, sound level meters, Geiger-Müller counters and electromagnetic field meters, where the display is used to show numerical data. Such instruments, without the ability to connect to computers or data loggers, can measure and display data at a particular instant in time. The user should be present to read the display and to record the data. Unlike these digital meters, the sensor-data logger system has the advantage of automatically measuring and recording data at selectable sample rates over a desired sample time. The process of adding data logging features to a digital meter with a seven-segment display can be achieved with Seven Segment Optical Character Recognition (SSOCR) software. One might ask, why not just purchase a field meter with data logging features? They are relatively inexpensive, reliable, available online, and can be delivered within a few days. But then there is the challenge of making your own instrument, the excitement of implementing a design, the pleasure of experiencing an entire process from concept to product, and the satisfaction of avoiding costs by taking advantage of available technology. This experiment makes use of an electromagnetic field meter with a seven-segment liquid crystal display to measure background electromagnetic field intensity. Images of the meter display are automatically captured with a camera and analyzed using SSOCR to produce a text file containing meter display values.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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