This blog is about all the activities related to PHOENIX Project, the free software / free hardware philosophy behind it and other amazing tools like expEYES / expEYESJunior from Phoenix project of IUAC, New Delhi, INDIA
What is Phoenix?
The Phoenix project is the brainchild of Dr. B. P. Ajith Kumar, a scientist working with the Inter University Accelerator Centre of India. Dr. Ajith Kumar describes Phoenix as
Physics with Homemade Equipment and Innovative Experiments.
Phoenix / expEYES allows you to develop science experiments by connecting sensor / control elements to a computer and access them through software. The project was started by Inter University Accelerator Centre, with the objective of improving the laboratory facilities at Indian Universities, and growing with the support of the user community. Phoenix depends heavily on Python language. The data acquisition, analysis and writing simulation programs to teach science and computation.
The hardware design is freely available. The project is based on Free Software tools and the code is distributed under GNU GPL .
- An overview of Phoenix by Dr Ajith Kumar
- experimental physics with Phoenix and Python by Pramode C E
What is expEYES?
expEYES: Experiments for Young Engineers and Scientists
Let’s bring fun and free experimentation in physical science education!
With learning science by exploration and experimenting in mind,ExpEYES is from the PHOENIX project. It is a hardware & software framework for developing science experiments, demonstrations and projects and learn science and engineering by exploration. Capable of doing real time measurements and analysing the data in different ways. Analog voltages, in +/- 5 volts range, are measured with 12 bit resolution (around 1.25 millivolts) and time intervals with one microsecond.
This project is based on Free and Open Source software, mostly written in Python programming language. The hardware design is also open. A science laboratory at home becomes an affordable idea, with expEYES and the structured design supports adding more experiments without much effort.
The expEYES hardware is interfaced and powered by USB, having a size of 11 x 9 x 1.5 cm and weighs 150 gm. There are 32 terminals arranged in two rows where you can connect external signals, within +/-5 volts range, for control and measurement. It can function as a signal generator, frequency counter and low frequency oscilloscope . The user manual documents about 50 experiments, that can be done using expEYES and the Standard Accessory set.