Card Reader Using Microcontroller

Card Reader Using Microcontroller

Card Reader Using Microcontroller

This is a simple version of Card Reader. Why? because this Magnetic Card Reader only in read only environment. It only read the information stored in magnetic card. The purpose of the project is used as card debugger. There are three main part in this project :

  • A reader to capture digital characters from the card
  • A RISC microcontroller to store data and check for errors
  • A display to relay the magstripe contents to the viewer

As processor it use microcontroller AVR ATtiny 2313. For Reader it uses Panasonic ZU-M2121S451 Reader. and for display use LCD 16x2.
"The Magstripe (Track 2) Reader project can be used to view numerics stored a magnetic data card. Although there is no writeback ability, the device is very useful as a card debugger. The treatise will use an LCD character display to relay this data to the user. The circuit uses an AVR microcontroller and can modified to work with similar RISC controllers."
Although the card reader can't write back to magnetic card, I guess this is a one of good reference to learn how card reader work. For download the reference clik here (zip file) or visit this link

Thanks to Brady Mayes for great card reader based on microcontroller.

Digital Camera Interface

Digital Camera InterfaceDigital Camera Interface

How to interface CMOS camera and microcontroller? well, IƱaki Navarro Oiza had made great microcontroller project about it. The camera called c3088 uses a CMOS image sensor OV6620 from Omnivision. To communicate between microcontroller and camera he use I2C protocol. As processor it used Atmel AVR ATmega16.

"The aim of this project is the development and construction of an interface between a CMOS camera and a computer. This interface allows a user to get images from the camera, to change some of the properties of the camera as brightness, luminance, etc from a computer. Also some image process is implemented allowing the camera to track white objects and follow them with a servomotor. The interface was implemented using the Atmel AVR ATmega16 microcontroller."

Download code, schematic, slide and documentation click here