Hacking a Digital Scale

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Blog, Etc | One Comment

My brother Lex works in a lab with a lot of mice. Some of the people who work there have a job weighing mice.

The mice need to get weighed everyday, I guess their weight is one way to tell the scientists if they are healthy or not. There are many, many mice in labs and people spend a lot of time weighing them.

We thought a small inexpensive digital scale to put in each mouse-house would be great! The scale could log the weight of the mouse every time the mouse jumped onto it.

This scale was purchased on Amazon for about $8.

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I proceeded to take it apart, exposing the goodies within. The electronics aren’t very interesting, a blob hiding something or other which talks to an Atmel Serial EEPROM. There are also some capacitors and resistors and a nice LCD screen on the front.

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But actually….in order to hack into the scale, I don’t care about all of that. The only thing I need from this assembly is the scale, that is, the weighing piece. It’s called  a strain gauge. This post- is in progress. Check back!

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1 Comment

  1. J. Peterson
    January 5, 2015

    My own adventures in scale hacking: http://www.weasure.com

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