Inside the Most Eye-wateringly Luxurious Hotel Rooms on EARTH: Stunning Suites with Bullet-proof Win

Should you use price comparison websites to get a few pounds off the cost of your holiday hotel, you might want to look away now.

As TV presenter Giles Coren shows in the new

BBC

series of Amazing Hotels, there are some hotel suites clearly aimed at guests for whom money is no object.

Forget free mini toiletries and sewing kits, here perks include haute couture outfits to wear during your stay, bullet-proof windows and heated loo seats.

Tanith Carey takes a tour of the most eye-wateringly luxurious hotel suites on earth.

New York, £20,000 a night

No need to worry about getting your holiday wardrobe right if you stay at Suite 5000 on the 50th floor of the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan, where celebrity guests have included Dame Helen Mirren.

On arrival, guests are offered a specially tailored wardrobe from Christian Dior's latest collection. The fashion house's personal stylists, seamstresses and make-up artists are on hand to perfect the look. As well as the exquisite Italian furniture, there is also an extensive art collection on the walls, curated by Whitewall (a glossy art magazine), and an in-room iPad to find out more about the pieces just in case you want to buy any.

For entertainment, there's a vintage vinyl record collection and record player as well as a 75in TV in the media centre.

In the marble-lined bathroom, guests can soak themselves in a freestanding Art Deco-style bath, lit by a Swarovski crystal chandelier.

Paris, £17,860 a night

When Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw flew to Paris in Sex And The City, the Hotel Plaza Athenee was the obvious choice to film her scenes — thanks to its direct view of the Eiffel Tower and ultra-chic decor.

At 4,843 sq ft, the Royal Suite is the largest hotel suite in Paris. It includes four bathrooms, two lounges, an office and kitchen, and is filled with furniture dating back to the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods.

The bathrooms are stocked with Guerlain toiletries and lined with Italian marble. There's also a steam room and Jacuzzi.

With security a priority, there's no plastic key card — only a James Bond-style fingerprint entry system.

So as not to spoil the classic Parisian elegance, the nine flat-screen televisions are concealed inside mirrors.

On arrival, guests get a complimentary bottle of Krug champagne and a 'pillow menu', with a choice of de-stressing, 'beautifying', horsehair, osteopathic or synthetic pillows.

Geneva, £62,000 a night

Perhaps it's no surprise that one of the world's most expensive cities is also host to the most expensive hotel suite.

It takes up the entire eighth floor of the President Wilson Hotel, so there's plenty of space for a Steinway grand piano, billiard table and personal gym.

All the beauty products in the marble-lined bathrooms are by Hermes — and there's a Jacuzzi overlooking Lake Geneva. The guests, who include Russian oligarchs and politicians such as Mikhail Gorbachev, can also enjoy the views of the Alps knowing that all the windows are bulletproof.

There is a also a walk-in safe and steel-reinforced doors, as well as a personal butler on call 24 hours a day.

After a day's sightseeing, guests can also relax in front of the world's largest Bang & Olufsen flatscreen TV, measuring more than 100 in across.

Athens, £35,720 a night

Most of us worry about putting on a few pounds on holiday.

At the Royal Villa at the Grand Resort, where visitors have included Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Gibson, each guest is presented with their own fitness trainer on arrival.

And after a workout, you can call your personal butler for a refreshing drink before a pampering session with your very own beauty therapist. Meanwhile, a limo driver is on standby should you ever want to venture out.

The two-bedroom accommodation has a private deck over the sea with a personal massage area. There is also a pianist on call to play any requests.

Guests have a choice of an indoor pool, a heated outdoor pool or a steam bath.

Istanbul, £25,000 a night

This was an Ottoman Imperial Palace before becoming a hotel patronised by the likes of Uma Thurman, Bill Clinton and Jennifer Lopez, who can arrive by yacht or helicopter.

The hotel's best room is the 4,930 sq ft Sultan Suite, furnished with 19th-century antiques and decorated with enough gilt and crystal to make Liberace blush.

In the main bathroom, the taps are gold-plated and the walls are lined with three kinds of marble from different parts of Turkey.

At bedtime, guests can control the softness of their mattress on the vast four-poster at the touch of a button. Or, if they prefer, there is a butler on hand to do it for them.

In the morning, guests wake to jaw-dropping views of the Bosphorus — and two continents, because the huge waterway divides Europe and Asia.

New York, £35,000 a night

Thanks to its position on the 52nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, this 4,300 sq ft suite is New York's tallest hotel room.

Named after the billionaire owner of the Four Seasons Hotels Group, Ty Warner, the duplex took seven years and £35 million to build after the entire top floor of the hotel was demolished to make way for it.

It has has four balconies to allow guests a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline.

There is just one bedroom and for optimum comfort guests, who have included pop star Justin Bieber, sleep under a canopy made of Thai silk, threaded with gold, on a hand-stitched Swedish mattress, filled with layered cotton wool, mohair and horsehair.

Perks in the master bathroom, which is lined with Chinese onyx, include a glass-enclosed TV, a heated toilet seat and a two sinks made of a single block of crystal.

Then there's the separate spa room for beauty treatments with a massage table and gym equipment, and a Zen room for meditation, complete with floor-to-ceiling waterfall.

No expense is spared in the living areas, either, where the walls are decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl. Other high-end touches include a library filled with hundreds of art books, a baby grand piano and 18th-century Japanese silk pillows.

The TVs are tuned to receive every global TV station and all international calls are free.

If you ever want to leave, there are three private lifts to the ground floor where a Rolls-Royce and private chauffeur are constantly on standby.

Tahini, £11,000 a night

It's little wonder this hotel was the honeymoon destination of choice for Pippa Middleton after her wedding to hedge fund manager James Matthews last May.

Described as the perfect castaway island, guests arrive by private plane from Tahiti 30 miles way.

Every villa is set on the white, sandy beaches, kept pristine by a beach sweeper, and has its own infinity pool looking on to the ocean.

There's also a full-time 'coconut safety engineer' responsible for picking ripe coconuts before they are able to fall and injure a passing guest.

The hotel was the brainchild of Hollywood actor Marlon Brando, who fell in love with the region when he filmed Mutiny On The Bounty in the Sixties. On the Hollywood star's instruction, it's eco-friendly too.

Electricity comes from a coconut oil power station and the air-con uses sea water.

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CHRISTIAN SLATER, who stars as a Detroit comic-book seller who marries a warm-hearted hooker in the satirical, action-adventure film "True Romance," has purchased a Spanish hacienda in the Hollywood Hills.Slater, 24, also co-stars with Joe Pesci in an as-yet-untitled Barry Levinson film-spoof on Hollywood, due to be released next spring. In September, Slater beat out Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson at the MTV Movie Awards as most desirable male. Slater also stars in the 1993 film "Untamed Heart." Slater appeared on Broadway as a child actor before he co-starred in such diverse films as the black comedy cult-favorite "Heathers" (1989) and Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991).The young actor bought a three-bedroom home on slightly more than an acre, gated at the street, for just under $2 million, sources say. The asking price had been $2.2 million. The 3-year-old home has a 5,500-square-foot main residence and a guest house.Carl Romeo and Rod Ostrom at Jon Douglas Co.'s Sunset Strip office had the listing, and Slater was represented by Don Bozick of the same office, sources said.Guns N' Roses drummer MATT SORUM has purchased a Spanish-style home on about five acres in the mountains of Malibu for just under $1 million, sources say.The four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house was built about 12 years ago. The gated estate, overlooking the ocean, also has a pool, spa and room for stables.It was a first-time home purchase for the drummer, who was married in September in a Renaissance faire at Zuma Beach. Sorum's bride, a model and actress named Kai, arrived in medieval maiden costume atop a black horse. Guests feasted on turkey legs and tofu.Arleen Ruby of Prudential Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, represented the drummer in his home purchase. Brady Westwater and James Respondek, both of Jon Douglas Co., shared the listing.GARY COOPER'S Holmby Hills home when he died in 1961 has come on the market at $3.45 million. Built for the Academy Award-winning actor in the 1950s, the 6,000-square-foot house, on 1.5 acres with a sculpted garden, has four bedrooms plus guest and double maids' quarters.The owner is the widow of Beldon Katleman, a pioneer Nevada hotel man who died in 1988. Katleman owned the El Rancho Vegas, a popular getaway for Hollywood stars until the hotel-casino, built in 1940, was razed by fire in 1960. (A hotel on another Las Vegas site later assumed the El Rancho name.) Cecelia Waeschle and Joyce Rey of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, share the listing.The largest residential sale and largest house ever sold in the city of Whittier is how the $1.75-million, all-cash purchase of a newly built, 12,000-square-foot home named Enramada is being described.The six-bedroom home on one acre--with screening and billiard rooms, a gym and a wine cellar--was purchased by an owner of golf courses who is from Hong Kong and divides his time between Honolulu and L.A. He bought the home as a place for his sons to live while attending a nearby college.Carla Ramsing Lowinger at Century 21 Beachside, in Whittier, had the $1.8-million listing.A newly built, 11,000-square-foot concrete, wood-and-glass home in the Hollywood Hills has been listed at $12 million.European publisher PETER SCHINDLER spent five years building the house for himself and his wife, but the couple decided to spend more time in Europe than in California.The home has a 28-foot-long, two-story foyer, with the second floor devoted to a wood-and-granite master suite, reached by way of a stainless steel-and-glass stairway. Other features are a boardroom office; theater with a billiard table and bar; three secondary bedrooms; a two-bedroom guest house, and a 360-degree view of Los Angeles.Linda May and Steve Robinson at Fred Sands Estates, Beverly Hills, share the listing.Beverly Hills realtor Mike Silverman had a truly "hot" listing during the fire earlier this month that burned more than 34,000 acres in the Los Padres National Forest north of Santa Barbara.When he phoned his client, a businessman from France who owns a 5,000-acre horse ranch near the Santa Ynez Valley homes of Bo Derek and Michael Jackson, Silverman was told that the ranch was on fire and his client was being evacuated."When I called, it sounded like my listing was burning up," Silverman said, "but luckily, the wind shifted. Only a few of the back acres were singed. The beauty of the ranch was not effected." Neither was its asking price. It's still $22 million.
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MEXICO CITY - The cultural ecology of any great city is a complex organism, its shape shifting over time. But in the modern era, always it starts with the same ingredient. It starts with artists, the yeast that makes the dough rise. Without them, money and talk are all there is.Since the 1990s, after several decades of relative stasis, Mexico City's cultural ecology has experienced an efflorescence. A cosmopolitan mix of important Mexican and expatriate artists - Britain's Melanie Smith, Belgium's Francis Alÿs, Mexico's Silvia Gruner, Gabriel Orozco, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Teresa Margolles, Eduardo Abaroa and scores more - has been accompanied by significant growth in art's essential critical, curatorial and commercial apparatus.What was missing was a museum. A good museum functions as a permeable membrane between a rigorously involved art world and an otherwise preoccupied public.Its absence here was no small void. Now, with the opening of the Museo Jumex, that gap is poised to close. An international program in contemporary art, including a significant permanent collection and an ambitious exhibition schedule, has made an impressive debut.PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times British architect David Chipperfield has designed a simple, beautifully detailed, 43,000-square-foot building to provide the requisite urban sanctification. In five floors, its 17,000 square feet of gallery space includes sky-lighted rooms for the permanent collection at the top and special exhibitions one level down. An unusual, glass-walled space suitable for performance art and social programs occupies the second floor. (Curtains can darken the room.) A bookstore and offices are below the ground-level entry hall, while a large plaza out front hosts special commissions.The museum is being inaugurated with four exhibitions. Together, they suggest what might be expected going forward.Two shows intersect in an unusual way. Selections from a collection that numbers nearly 2,800 contemporary works, said to be the largest in Latin America, merge with a solo exhibition of seven Minimalist sculptures by the late American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003).Five dozen permanent collection works were chosen for inaugural display (several more are on view in the underground parking garage). Many will be familiar to art followers, if not to a local public.They include classics from the 1960s and 1970s. Among them are a wall-hung Minimalist stack of metal and plexiglass boxes by Donald Judd, a Pop silk-screen of Jackie Kennedy by Andy Warhol and a small hatch-painting on paper from Jasper Johns' abstract "Corpse and Mirror" series.More recent examples include a tall, lacquered black plank by John McCracken, which stands on the floor and leans against the wall, bridging traditional zones occupied by painting and sculpture. Jeff Koons' "Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank" mysteriously suspends basketballs within the clear fluid inside a fish tank, creating a meditative state of psychic balance from ordinary leisure equipment found in a teenage boy's bedroom. Alighiero Boetti took imaginative flight in a monumental drawing of varieties of modern aircraft, both military and commercial, rendered in ballpoint pen as if a giant, contemplative doodle of pain and pleasure.CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Mostly the sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and drawings emphasize the international dominance of Conceptual art for almost half a century. Younger practitioners include the late Mike Kelley, represented here by an austere display case that holds for anthropological scrutiny a strange, spiky rubber ball and a similarly styled plush toy. Made for children, the weird toys seem to have been designed with the cruelty of medieval weaponry in mind.Nearby, Orozco's improbably circular billiard table with no pockets removes any possibility for winning or losing the game. Instead, visitors are invited to pick a cue from the rack, aim the cue ball at a red ball suspended over the green felt from a ceiling cord and, with a good crack!, set the red ball swinging like a pendulum in space. This game marks only time's passage.A text-and-image canvas by John Baldessari, one of Conceptual art's founding figures, features an ordinary living room lamp. As a domesticated symbol for learning, the lamp couldn't be more homey. Yet, with typical wit, Baldessari also suggests the routine indignity suffered by paintings, hung over a side table and behind a lamp as part of common décor.Paintings in fact are in somewhat short supply, despite the abundance of good ones being made today. (Whether that is representative of the Jumex collection as a whole is difficult to say, since it has yet to be fully digitized and made available online.) More common are critical abstractions about painting, such as a fine panel by Rosemarie Trockel. Made from machine-knitted wool, it entangles traditional aesthetic and social distinctions among art, craft and industry.But painting's relative dearth does dramatize a nice surprise: Eduardo Terrazas, 77, is not well known outside Mexico, but his big, 16-panel painting "Exponential Growth" (1975) magically morphs a solid black square into a solid white one. The rigorous logic of Sol LeWitt's Minimalist geometry arrives at the mystical cosmology of Kazimir Malevich.Less salutary overall is the relative lack of art by women. Of 50 artists in the inaugural shows, 80% are men. At this late date, that skewed ratio is unacceptable.Into the midst of this eclectic display, a solo show of Sandback's sculptures has been inserted by Patrick Charpenel, the museum's director. Sandback's works, made by stretching elastic cord taut among walls, floor and ceiling, are drawings in space.A three-dimensional parallelogram materializes in an overlooked corner. The suggestion of a transparent wall efficiently divides a room filled with other artists' work. "X" marks the spot on a hallway wall.The intervention of these ephemeral, nearly invisible sculptures within a permanent collection display is meant to suggest a multidimensional reality - worlds hidden within worlds - theorized in advanced quantum physics. This scientific take on Sandback's Minimalism gets a playfully unexpected twist in Mexico, with its rich literary and artistic histories of Surrealism and Magical Realism. Here, hidden worlds are to be expected.The second solo show is a retrospective of James Lee Byars (1932-97), an American whose artistic trajectory might be implied by his birth in Detroit, modern industrial powerhouse, and his demise in Cairo, a destination he likely sought for its pyramid-power past. Dressed in his goofy uniform of top hat or homburg and black suit, Byars assumed the ancient persona of holy fool.Many of Byars' art objects are the residue of shamanistic performances undertaken during an itinerant career that had him living in Kyoto, New York, Venice, San Francisco, the Swiss Alps, New Mexico and Los Angeles. The latter was the site of an impromptu ritual performance, circa 1980, meant to sanctify the empty lot on Bunker Hill where the Museum of Contemporary Art was about to be built.In the show, a big, shiny rectangle of shredded strips of gold lamé creates a non-nationalistic "World Flag" that is part tattered painting, part dazzling doorway to another realm. At the center of "The Red Tent," a room-size environment made from draped parachute-fabric, a carved and gilded Tibetan chair seems to dematerialize in a bright puddle of crimson light. A 1972 series of urgent telegrams sent to Mao Tse-tung, Queen Elizabeth Richard Nixon and the director of the Louvre Museum invites the leaders to Kassel, Germany, to experience the transformative avant-garde art exhibition, "Documenta 5." Jumex curator Magalí Arriola and Peter Eleey, curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art , where the show travels next, have assembled an ample representation of Byars' works, invariably executed in pure white (symbolizing everything), dead black (nothingness), shimmery gold (mystery) or florid crimson (elemental life force). Byars was not a major artist, and priestly trappings that could seem grandiose in person gain enchantment in retrospect. But he was committed to an art that might turn expectations for tidy answers into a search for meaningful questions.Surveying an artist who privileged ephemera also carries a certain punch, given today's dominance of crude commercial markets, where art is valued as luxury goods. That Jumex co-organized the show with MOMA likewise indicates the Mexican museum's ambitions: It wants to be an international player, which can only benefit Mexico City's artists.Among them is sculptor Damián Ortega, first to be commissioned to execute a new work for the museum's front plaza. A kind of atomic diagram, crossing a chronograph with a cosmological map, the mechanically complex sculpture was not quite ready for the museum preview. The plan is for a circular space orbited by pots, pans, kitchen chairs and other mundane domestic items rather than celestial planets and stars.Ortega is 46, the same age as Eugenio López Alonso, sole heir to the Grupo Jumex processed-foods fortune and whose foundation established the museum. López divides his time between Mexico City and L.A., where he is a trustee at MOCA and, with past president Jeffrey Soros, is leading a fundraising drive to establish a $100-million base-endowment to pull the troubled museum out of its fiscal travail. He also sits on the board of Manhattan 's New Museum.Since 2001, his foundation has run an impressive art exhibition space and library in a converted warehouse at the sprawling Jumex factories in Ecatepec, a gritty industrial area 30 or 45 minutes north of the city. (Travel time depends on traffic, notorious in a metropolitan region estimated as home to nearly 20 million people.) The current show by Danish collective Superflex - Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen - is a bullish educational workshop on how artisanal labor might undercut anonymous factory production. Open to the public, few outside the art world visit.The factory gallery will continue. But given the high public profile of the Museo Jumex, in the city's fashionable Polanco neighborhood, plus its program's international breadth, contemporary art has emphatically come out of the Mexico City closet.Museo Jumex creates a striking focal point. It's neither the first nor the only museum here to show recent art, but the others tend to be modest or limited by affiliations with schools or government.Stalwarts like the Museo Tamayo and Museo de Arte Moderno, both nearby in the leafy precinct of Chapultepec Park, represent an older pastoral ideal - the art museum in a garden, where culture and nature are restorative agents set apart from the daily urban grind. Museo Jumex - like its neighboring Museo Soumaya, built by telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Hélu - is instead a gateway to a burgeoning new commercial and corporate redevelopment area, partly spearheaded by Slim.For good and ill, they speak to current social realities. Even the moniker Museo Jumex indicates that. There have been many corporate collections of contemporary art, but is there another, similarly ambitious art museum in all the Americas named for a corporation whose wealth made it possible?
Inside the Most Eye-wateringly Luxurious Hotel Rooms on EARTH: Stunning Suites with Bullet-proof Win
Should you use price comparison websites to get a few pounds off the cost of your holiday hotel, you might want to look away now.As TV presenter Giles Coren shows in the new BBC series of Amazing Hotels, there are some hotel suites clearly aimed at guests for whom money is no object.Forget free mini toiletries and sewing kits, here perks include haute couture outfits to wear during your stay, bullet-proof windows and heated loo seats.Tanith Carey takes a tour of the most eye-wateringly luxurious hotel suites on earth.New York, £20,000 a night No need to worry about getting your holiday wardrobe right if you stay at Suite 5000 on the 50th floor of the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan, where celebrity guests have included Dame Helen Mirren.On arrival, guests are offered a specially tailored wardrobe from Christian Dior's latest collection. The fashion house's personal stylists, seamstresses and make-up artists are on hand to perfect the look. As well as the exquisite Italian furniture, there is also an extensive art collection on the walls, curated by Whitewall (a glossy art magazine), and an in-room iPad to find out more about the pieces just in case you want to buy any.For entertainment, there's a vintage vinyl record collection and record player as well as a 75in TV in the media centre.In the marble-lined bathroom, guests can soak themselves in a freestanding Art Deco-style bath, lit by a Swarovski crystal chandelier.Paris, £17,860 a night When Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw flew to Paris in Sex And The City, the Hotel Plaza Athenee was the obvious choice to film her scenes - thanks to its direct view of the Eiffel Tower and ultra-chic decor.At 4,843 sq ft, the Royal Suite is the largest hotel suite in Paris. It includes four bathrooms, two lounges, an office and kitchen, and is filled with furniture dating back to the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods.The bathrooms are stocked with Guerlain toiletries and lined with Italian marble. There's also a steam room and Jacuzzi.With security a priority, there's no plastic key card - only a James Bond-style fingerprint entry system.So as not to spoil the classic Parisian elegance, the nine flat-screen televisions are concealed inside mirrors.On arrival, guests get a complimentary bottle of Krug champagne and a 'pillow menu', with a choice of de-stressing, 'beautifying', horsehair, osteopathic or synthetic pillows.Geneva, £62,000 a night Perhaps it's no surprise that one of the world's most expensive cities is also host to the most expensive hotel suite.It takes up the entire eighth floor of the President Wilson Hotel, so there's plenty of space for a Steinway grand piano, billiard table and personal gym.All the beauty products in the marble-lined bathrooms are by Hermes - and there's a Jacuzzi overlooking Lake Geneva. The guests, who include Russian oligarchs and politicians such as Mikhail Gorbachev, can also enjoy the views of the Alps knowing that all the windows are bulletproof.There is a also a walk-in safe and steel-reinforced doors, as well as a personal butler on call 24 hours a day.After a day's sightseeing, guests can also relax in front of the world's largest Bang & Olufsen flatscreen TV, measuring more than 100 in across.Athens, £35,720 a night Most of us worry about putting on a few pounds on holiday.At the Royal Villa at the Grand Resort, where visitors have included Leonardo DiCaprio and Mel Gibson, each guest is presented with their own fitness trainer on arrival.And after a workout, you can call your personal butler for a refreshing drink before a pampering session with your very own beauty therapist. Meanwhile, a limo driver is on standby should you ever want to venture out.The two-bedroom accommodation has a private deck over the sea with a personal massage area. There is also a pianist on call to play any requests.Guests have a choice of an indoor pool, a heated outdoor pool or a steam bath.Istanbul, £25,000 a night This was an Ottoman Imperial Palace before becoming a hotel patronised by the likes of Uma Thurman, Bill Clinton and Jennifer Lopez, who can arrive by yacht or helicopter.The hotel's best room is the 4,930 sq ft Sultan Suite, furnished with 19th-century antiques and decorated with enough gilt and crystal to make Liberace blush.In the main bathroom, the taps are gold-plated and the walls are lined with three kinds of marble from different parts of Turkey.At bedtime, guests can control the softness of their mattress on the vast four-poster at the touch of a button. Or, if they prefer, there is a butler on hand to do it for them.In the morning, guests wake to jaw-dropping views of the Bosphorus - and two continents, because the huge waterway divides Europe and Asia.New York, £35,000 a night Thanks to its position on the 52nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, this 4,300 sq ft suite is New York's tallest hotel room.Named after the billionaire owner of the Four Seasons Hotels Group, Ty Warner, the duplex took seven years and £35 million to build after the entire top floor of the hotel was demolished to make way for it.It has has four balconies to allow guests a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline.There is just one bedroom and for optimum comfort guests, who have included pop star Justin Bieber, sleep under a canopy made of Thai silk, threaded with gold, on a hand-stitched Swedish mattress, filled with layered cotton wool, mohair and horsehair.Perks in the master bathroom, which is lined with Chinese onyx, include a glass-enclosed TV, a heated toilet seat and a two sinks made of a single block of crystal.Then there's the separate spa room for beauty treatments with a massage table and gym equipment, and a Zen room for meditation, complete with floor-to-ceiling waterfall.No expense is spared in the living areas, either, where the walls are decorated with inlaid mother-of-pearl. Other high-end touches include a library filled with hundreds of art books, a baby grand piano and 18th-century Japanese silk pillows.The TVs are tuned to receive every global TV station and all international calls are free.If you ever want to leave, there are three private lifts to the ground floor where a Rolls-Royce and private chauffeur are constantly on standby.Tahini, £11,000 a night It's little wonder this hotel was the honeymoon destination of choice for Pippa Middleton after her wedding to hedge fund manager James Matthews last May.Described as the perfect castaway island, guests arrive by private plane from Tahiti 30 miles way.Every villa is set on the white, sandy beaches, kept pristine by a beach sweeper, and has its own infinity pool looking on to the ocean.There's also a full-time 'coconut safety engineer' responsible for picking ripe coconuts before they are able to fall and injure a passing guest.The hotel was the brainchild of Hollywood actor Marlon Brando, who fell in love with the region when he filmed Mutiny On The Bounty in the Sixties. On the Hollywood star's instruction, it's eco-friendly too.Electricity comes from a coconut oil power station and the air-con uses sea water.
Review: Museo Jumex in Mexico City Is an Impressive Filter
MEXICO CITY - The cultural ecology of any great city is a complex organism, its shape shifting over time. But in the modern era, always it starts with the same ingredient. It starts with artists, the yeast that makes the dough rise. Without them, money and talk are all there is.Since the 1990s, after several decades of relative stasis, Mexico City's cultural ecology has experienced an efflorescence. A cosmopolitan mix of important Mexican and expatriate artists - Britain's Melanie Smith, Belgium's Francis Alÿs, Mexico's Silvia Gruner, Gabriel Orozco, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Teresa Margolles, Eduardo Abaroa and scores more - has been accompanied by significant growth in art's essential critical, curatorial and commercial apparatus.What was missing was a museum. A good museum functions as a permeable membrane between a rigorously involved art world and an otherwise preoccupied public.Its absence here was no small void. Now, with the opening of the Museo Jumex, that gap is poised to close. An international program in contemporary art, including a significant permanent collection and an ambitious exhibition schedule, has made an impressive debut.PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times British architect David Chipperfield has designed a simple, beautifully detailed, 43,000-square-foot building to provide the requisite urban sanctification. In five floors, its 17,000 square feet of gallery space includes sky-lighted rooms for the permanent collection at the top and special exhibitions one level down. An unusual, glass-walled space suitable for performance art and social programs occupies the second floor. (Curtains can darken the room.) A bookstore and offices are below the ground-level entry hall, while a large plaza out front hosts special commissions.The museum is being inaugurated with four exhibitions. Together, they suggest what might be expected going forward.Two shows intersect in an unusual way. Selections from a collection that numbers nearly 2,800 contemporary works, said to be the largest in Latin America, merge with a solo exhibition of seven Minimalist sculptures by the late American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003).Five dozen permanent collection works were chosen for inaugural display (several more are on view in the underground parking garage). Many will be familiar to art followers, if not to a local public.They include classics from the 1960s and 1970s. Among them are a wall-hung Minimalist stack of metal and plexiglass boxes by Donald Judd, a Pop silk-screen of Jackie Kennedy by Andy Warhol and a small hatch-painting on paper from Jasper Johns' abstract "Corpse and Mirror" series.More recent examples include a tall, lacquered black plank by John McCracken, which stands on the floor and leans against the wall, bridging traditional zones occupied by painting and sculpture. Jeff Koons' "Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank" mysteriously suspends basketballs within the clear fluid inside a fish tank, creating a meditative state of psychic balance from ordinary leisure equipment found in a teenage boy's bedroom. Alighiero Boetti took imaginative flight in a monumental drawing of varieties of modern aircraft, both military and commercial, rendered in ballpoint pen as if a giant, contemplative doodle of pain and pleasure.CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Mostly the sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and drawings emphasize the international dominance of Conceptual art for almost half a century. Younger practitioners include the late Mike Kelley, represented here by an austere display case that holds for anthropological scrutiny a strange, spiky rubber ball and a similarly styled plush toy. Made for children, the weird toys seem to have been designed with the cruelty of medieval weaponry in mind.Nearby, Orozco's improbably circular billiard table with no pockets removes any possibility for winning or losing the game. Instead, visitors are invited to pick a cue from the rack, aim the cue ball at a red ball suspended over the green felt from a ceiling cord and, with a good crack!, set the red ball swinging like a pendulum in space. This game marks only time's passage.A text-and-image canvas by John Baldessari, one of Conceptual art's founding figures, features an ordinary living room lamp. As a domesticated symbol for learning, the lamp couldn't be more homey. Yet, with typical wit, Baldessari also suggests the routine indignity suffered by paintings, hung over a side table and behind a lamp as part of common décor.Paintings in fact are in somewhat short supply, despite the abundance of good ones being made today. (Whether that is representative of the Jumex collection as a whole is difficult to say, since it has yet to be fully digitized and made available online.) More common are critical abstractions about painting, such as a fine panel by Rosemarie Trockel. Made from machine-knitted wool, it entangles traditional aesthetic and social distinctions among art, craft and industry.But painting's relative dearth does dramatize a nice surprise: Eduardo Terrazas, 77, is not well known outside Mexico, but his big, 16-panel painting "Exponential Growth" (1975) magically morphs a solid black square into a solid white one. The rigorous logic of Sol LeWitt's Minimalist geometry arrives at the mystical cosmology of Kazimir Malevich.Less salutary overall is the relative lack of art by women. Of 50 artists in the inaugural shows, 80% are men. At this late date, that skewed ratio is unacceptable.Into the midst of this eclectic display, a solo show of Sandback's sculptures has been inserted by Patrick Charpenel, the museum's director. Sandback's works, made by stretching elastic cord taut among walls, floor and ceiling, are drawings in space.A three-dimensional parallelogram materializes in an overlooked corner. The suggestion of a transparent wall efficiently divides a room filled with other artists' work. "X" marks the spot on a hallway wall.The intervention of these ephemeral, nearly invisible sculptures within a permanent collection display is meant to suggest a multidimensional reality - worlds hidden within worlds - theorized in advanced quantum physics. This scientific take on Sandback's Minimalism gets a playfully unexpected twist in Mexico, with its rich literary and artistic histories of Surrealism and Magical Realism. Here, hidden worlds are to be expected.The second solo show is a retrospective of James Lee Byars (1932-97), an American whose artistic trajectory might be implied by his birth in Detroit, modern industrial powerhouse, and his demise in Cairo, a destination he likely sought for its pyramid-power past. Dressed in his goofy uniform of top hat or homburg and black suit, Byars assumed the ancient persona of holy fool.Many of Byars' art objects are the residue of shamanistic performances undertaken during an itinerant career that had him living in Kyoto, New York, Venice, San Francisco, the Swiss Alps, New Mexico and Los Angeles. The latter was the site of an impromptu ritual performance, circa 1980, meant to sanctify the empty lot on Bunker Hill where the Museum of Contemporary Art was about to be built.In the show, a big, shiny rectangle of shredded strips of gold lamé creates a non-nationalistic "World Flag" that is part tattered painting, part dazzling doorway to another realm. At the center of "The Red Tent," a room-size environment made from draped parachute-fabric, a carved and gilded Tibetan chair seems to dematerialize in a bright puddle of crimson light. A 1972 series of urgent telegrams sent to Mao Tse-tung, Queen Elizabeth Richard Nixon and the director of the Louvre Museum invites the leaders to Kassel, Germany, to experience the transformative avant-garde art exhibition, "Documenta 5." Jumex curator Magalí Arriola and Peter Eleey, curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art , where the show travels next, have assembled an ample representation of Byars' works, invariably executed in pure white (symbolizing everything), dead black (nothingness), shimmery gold (mystery) or florid crimson (elemental life force). Byars was not a major artist, and priestly trappings that could seem grandiose in person gain enchantment in retrospect. But he was committed to an art that might turn expectations for tidy answers into a search for meaningful questions.Surveying an artist who privileged ephemera also carries a certain punch, given today's dominance of crude commercial markets, where art is valued as luxury goods. That Jumex co-organized the show with MOMA likewise indicates the Mexican museum's ambitions: It wants to be an international player, which can only benefit Mexico City's artists.Among them is sculptor Damián Ortega, first to be commissioned to execute a new work for the museum's front plaza. A kind of atomic diagram, crossing a chronograph with a cosmological map, the mechanically complex sculpture was not quite ready for the museum preview. The plan is for a circular space orbited by pots, pans, kitchen chairs and other mundane domestic items rather than celestial planets and stars.Ortega is 46, the same age as Eugenio López Alonso, sole heir to the Grupo Jumex processed-foods fortune and whose foundation established the museum. López divides his time between Mexico City and L.A., where he is a trustee at MOCA and, with past president Jeffrey Soros, is leading a fundraising drive to establish a $100-million base-endowment to pull the troubled museum out of its fiscal travail. He also sits on the board of Manhattan 's New Museum.Since 2001, his foundation has run an impressive art exhibition space and library in a converted warehouse at the sprawling Jumex factories in Ecatepec, a gritty industrial area 30 or 45 minutes north of the city. (Travel time depends on traffic, notorious in a metropolitan region estimated as home to nearly 20 million people.) The current show by Danish collective Superflex - Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen - is a bullish educational workshop on how artisanal labor might undercut anonymous factory production. Open to the public, few outside the art world visit.The factory gallery will continue. But given the high public profile of the Museo Jumex, in the city's fashionable Polanco neighborhood, plus its program's international breadth, contemporary art has emphatically come out of the Mexico City closet.Museo Jumex creates a striking focal point. It's neither the first nor the only museum here to show recent art, but the others tend to be modest or limited by affiliations with schools or government.Stalwarts like the Museo Tamayo and Museo de Arte Moderno, both nearby in the leafy precinct of Chapultepec Park, represent an older pastoral ideal - the art museum in a garden, where culture and nature are restorative agents set apart from the daily urban grind. Museo Jumex - like its neighboring Museo Soumaya, built by telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Hélu - is instead a gateway to a burgeoning new commercial and corporate redevelopment area, partly spearheaded by Slim.For good and ill, they speak to current social realities. Even the moniker Museo Jumex indicates that. There have been many corporate collections of contemporary art, but is there another, similarly ambitious art museum in all the Americas named for a corporation whose wealth made it possible?
How Can I Trick Coin Acceptor on Billiard Table?
If you live in a state that has a bottle/can deposit law,then pick some empties up and turn them in for the cash. That's how1. Square Reader Credit Card acceptor?No, the sq. card reader is a provider provider credit card processor. retailers are not getting that form of information. pass on your credit card's web site (latest in small kind on the back of the cardboard) and set your self up a cyber web account. you have the skill to work out balances, activity and pay your card, besides. For a pre-paid card, you are able to establish refilling the cardboard2. Why do we need oxygen as the final electron acceptor in the Electron Transport Chain?I looked around online, and some people said it was because each successive part of the electron transport chain has to be more and more electronegative. Why is that true? - The O2 at the end of the chain has to have an adequate electronegativity to accept the electrons. And I also found that oxygen forms water, and without that, a backlog of electrons would exist and the NAD in the mitochondria would be used up. Why is that true? - If the flow of electrons was blocked because of no electron flow then the NADH would not be able to feed its electrons into ETC (which will be locked) and so no NAD will be regenerated as the NADH delivers its electrons.3. DPIP (dichlorophenol-indophenol) is a chemical that forms a blue solution. DPIP acts as an electron acceptor.?The chemical compound dichlorophenol-indophenol (DPIP) can be used to determine the level of photosynthetic activity, because when it is near photosynthesizing chloroplasts, it accepts electrons and changes color from blue to colorless. Therefore, we can measure the level of photosynthetic activity in a mixture of chloroplasts and DPIP by measuring the transmittance of light through the mixture4. How can I trick coin acceptor on billiard table?What, you are too damn cheap to pay for something and you want someone else's help with STEALING? Stay home, wanker, and learn how to behave yourself.5. How does "δ:Q×Σ→Q” read in the definition of a DFA (deterministic finite acceptor)?The statement $deltacolon Q times Sigma to Q$ translates to: The function $delta$ assigns every pair formed by an element of $Q$ and an element of $Sigma$, an element of $Q$. Instead of "assigns" you could also say "maps to". I assume that $delta$ is the transition function for a finite automaton. Then you can say, $delta$ assigns every pair, formed by a state and character a new state.Here is a short explanation how to interpret the symbols you are asking for:In mathematics we often do not want just name a function $f$, we also want to say something about it by defining its domain $I$ and codomain $O$. To use an algorithmic analogue, the domain represents all possible inputs, and the codomain all possible outputs. (Of course a function can describe more complicated things than an algorithm can do.) If we want to denote the function we write $fcolon I to O$.The $times$ operator denotes the cartesian product. Simply speaking it is used to define tuples. For example, if you want to make a mathematical statement about pairs (with a distinguished first and second entry) you write $Atimes B$ for the set of pairs, where the first entry is taken form $A$ and the second entry is taken from $B$. Analogously you can define larger tuples. The formal definition is $$ A_1 times A_2 times cdots times A_n := (a_1,a_2,ldots,a_n)mid a_1in A_1,ldots ,a_nin A_n.$$6. How does the electron transport chain function in light reactions? What is the final electron acceptor?I assume you are referring to non-cyclic photophosphorylation. 1. Light harvesting at Photosystem II (PS II) 2. Photolysis of water (Hill Reaction) 3. Electron transport from PS II to PS I 4. Light harvesting at PS I 5. Electron transport from PS I to NADP 6. Chemiosmosis 7. NADPH synthesis The final electron acceptor is NADP. Your textbook/notes should have the details. =)7. Why isn't Fluorine, or Neon, the final electron acceptor in cellular respiration?Neon just does not work as an electron acceptor. It is that inert that there are currently no known Neon compounds at all.Fluorine would work in principle, but it is rare compared to oxygen and its strong reactivity makes it a very dangerous substance in elementary form. So it seems very natural that life chooses Oxygen and not Fluorine
Review: Museo Jumex in Mexico City Is an Impressive Filter
MEXICO CITY - The cultural ecology of any great city is a complex organism, its shape shifting over time. But in the modern era, always it starts with the same ingredient. It starts with artists, the yeast that makes the dough rise. Without them, money and talk are all there is.Since the 1990s, after several decades of relative stasis, Mexico City's cultural ecology has experienced an efflorescence. A cosmopolitan mix of important Mexican and expatriate artists - Britain's Melanie Smith, Belgium's Francis Alÿs, Mexico's Silvia Gruner, Gabriel Orozco, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Teresa Margolles, Eduardo Abaroa and scores more - has been accompanied by significant growth in art's essential critical, curatorial and commercial apparatus.What was missing was a museum. A good museum functions as a permeable membrane between a rigorously involved art world and an otherwise preoccupied public.Its absence here was no small void. Now, with the opening of the Museo Jumex, that gap is poised to close. An international program in contemporary art, including a significant permanent collection and an ambitious exhibition schedule, has made an impressive debut.PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The TimesBritish architect David Chipperfield has designed a simple, beautifully detailed, 43,000-square-foot building to provide the requisite urban sanctification. In five floors, its 17,000 square feet of gallery space includes sky-lighted rooms for the permanent collection at the top and special exhibitions one level down. An unusual, glass-walled space suitable for performance art and social programs occupies the second floor. (Curtains can darken the room.) A bookstore and offices are below the ground-level entry hall, while a large plaza out front hosts special commissions.The museum is being inaugurated with four exhibitions. Together, they suggest what might be expected going forward.Two shows intersect in an unusual way. Selections from a collection that numbers nearly 2,800 contemporary works, said to be the largest in Latin America, merge with a solo exhibition of seven Minimalist sculptures by the late American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003).Five dozen permanent collection works were chosen for inaugural display (several more are on view in the underground parking garage). Many will be familiar to art followers, if not to a local public.They include classics from the 1960s and 1970s. Among them are a wall-hung Minimalist stack of metal and plexiglass boxes by Donald Judd, a Pop silk-screen of Jackie Kennedy by Andy Warhol and a small hatch-painting on paper from Jasper Johns' abstract "Corpse and Mirror" series.More recent examples include a tall, lacquered black plank by John McCracken, which stands on the floor and leans against the wall, bridging traditional zones occupied by painting and sculpture. Jeff Koons' "Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank" mysteriously suspends basketballs within the clear fluid inside a fish tank, creating a meditative state of psychic balance from ordinary leisure equipment found in a teenage boy's bedroom. Alighiero Boetti took imaginative flight in a monumental drawing of varieties of modern aircraft, both military and commercial, rendered in ballpoint pen as if a giant, contemplative doodle of pain and pleasure.CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eatMostly the sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and drawings emphasize the international dominance of Conceptual art for almost half a century. Younger practitioners include the late Mike Kelley, represented here by an austere display case that holds for anthropological scrutiny a strange, spiky rubber ball and a similarly styled plush toy. Made for children, the weird toys seem to have been designed with the cruelty of medieval weaponry in mind.Nearby, Orozco's improbably circular billiard table with no pockets removes any possibility for winning or losing the game. Instead, visitors are invited to pick a cue from the rack, aim the cue ball at a red ball suspended over the green felt from a ceiling cord and, with a good crack!, set the red ball swinging like a pendulum in space. This game marks only time's passage.A text-and-image canvas by John Baldessari, one of Conceptual art's founding figures, features an ordinary living room lamp. As a domesticated symbol for learning, the lamp couldn't be more homey. Yet, with typical wit, Baldessari also suggests the routine indignity suffered by paintings, hung over a side table and behind a lamp as part of common décor.Paintings in fact are in somewhat short supply, despite the abundance of good ones being made today. (Whether that is representative of the Jumex collection as a whole is difficult to say, since it has yet to be fully digitized and made available online.) More common are critical abstractions about painting, such as a fine panel by Rosemarie Trockel. Made from machine-knitted wool, it entangles traditional aesthetic and social distinctions among art, craft and industry.But painting's relative dearth does dramatize a nice surprise: Eduardo Terrazas, 77, is not well known outside Mexico, but his big, 16-panel painting "Exponential Growth" (1975) magically morphs a solid black square into a solid white one. The rigorous logic of Sol LeWitt's Minimalist geometry arrives at the mystical cosmology of Kazimir Malevich.Less salutary overall is the relative lack of art by women. Of 50 artists in the inaugural shows, 80% are men. At this late date, that skewed ratio is unacceptable.Into the midst of this eclectic display, a solo show of Sandback's sculptures has been inserted by Patrick Charpenel, the museum's director. Sandback's works, made by stretching elastic cord taut among walls, floor and ceiling, are drawings in space.A three-dimensional parallelogram materializes in an overlooked corner. The suggestion of a transparent wall efficiently divides a room filled with other artists' work. "X" marks the spot on a hallway wall.The intervention of these ephemeral, nearly invisible sculptures within a permanent collection display is meant to suggest a multidimensional reality - worlds hidden within worlds - theorized in advanced quantum physics. This scientific take on Sandback's Minimalism gets a playfully unexpected twist in Mexico, with its rich literary and artistic histories of Surrealism and Magical Realism. Here, hidden worlds are to be expected.The second solo show is a retrospective of James Lee Byars (1932-97), an American whose artistic trajectory might be implied by his birth in Detroit, modern industrial powerhouse, and his demise in Cairo, a destination he likely sought for its pyramid-power past. Dressed in his goofy uniform of top hat or homburg and black suit, Byars assumed the ancient persona of holy fool.Many of Byars' art objects are the residue of shamanistic performances undertaken during an itinerant career that had him living in Kyoto, New York, Venice, San Francisco, the Swiss Alps, New Mexico and Los Angeles. The latter was the site of an impromptu ritual performance, circa 1980, meant to sanctify the empty lot on Bunker Hill where the Museum of Contemporary Art was about to be built.In the show, a big, shiny rectangle of shredded strips of gold lamé creates a non-nationalistic "World Flag" that is part tattered painting, part dazzling doorway to another realm. At the center of "The Red Tent," a room-size environment made from draped parachute-fabric, a carved and gilded Tibetan chair seems to dematerialize in a bright puddle of crimson light. A 1972 series of urgent telegrams sent to Mao Tse-tung, Queen Elizabeth, Richard Nixon and the director of the Louvre Museum invites the leaders to Kassel, Germany, to experience the transformative avant-garde art exhibition, "Documenta 5."Jumex curator Magalí Arriola and Peter Eleey, curator at New York's Museum of Modern Art, where the show travels next, have assembled an ample representation of Byars' works, invariably executed in pure white (symbolizing everything), dead black (nothingness), shimmery gold (mystery) or florid crimson (elemental life force). Byars was not a major artist, and priestly trappings that could seem grandiose in person gain enchantment in retrospect. But he was committed to an art that might turn expectations for tidy answers into a search for meaningful questions.Surveying an artist who privileged ephemera also carries a certain punch, given today's dominance of crude commercial markets, where art is valued as luxury goods. That Jumex co-organized the show with MOMA likewise indicates the Mexican museum's ambitions: It wants to be an international player, which can only benefit Mexico City's artists.Among them is sculptor Damián Ortega, first to be commissioned to execute a new work for the museum's front plaza. A kind of atomic diagram, crossing a chronograph with a cosmological map, the mechanically complex sculpture was not quite ready for the museum preview. The plan is for a circular space orbited by pots, pans, kitchen chairs and other mundane domestic items rather than celestial planets and stars.Ortega is 46, the same age as Eugenio López Alonso, sole heir to the Grupo Jumex processed-foods fortune and whose foundation established the museum. López divides his time between Mexico City and L.A., where he is a trustee at MOCA and, with past president Jeffrey Soros, is leading a fundraising drive to establish a $100-million base-endowment to pull the troubled museum out of its fiscal travail. He also sits on the board of Manhattan's New Museum.Since 2001, his foundation has run an impressive art exhibition space and library in a converted warehouse at the sprawling Jumex factories in Ecatepec, a gritty industrial area 30 or 45 minutes north of the city. (Travel time depends on traffic, notorious in a metropolitan region estimated as home to nearly 20 million people.) The current show by Danish collective Superflex - Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen - is a bullish educational workshop on how artisanal labor might undercut anonymous factory production. Open to the public, few outside the art world visit.The factory gallery will continue. But given the high public profile of the Museo Jumex, in the city's fashionable Polanco neighborhood, plus its program's international breadth, contemporary art has emphatically come out of the Mexico City closet.Museo Jumex creates a striking focal point. It's neither the first nor the only museum here to show recent art, but the others tend to be modest or limited by affiliations with schools or government.Stalwarts like the Museo Tamayo and Museo de Arte Moderno, both nearby in the leafy precinct of Chapultepec Park, represent an older pastoral ideal - the art museum in a garden, where culture and nature are restorative agents set apart from the daily urban grind. Museo Jumex - like its neighboring Museo Soumaya, built by telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Hélu - is instead a gateway to a burgeoning new commercial and corporate redevelopment area, partly spearheaded by Slim.For good and ill, they speak to current social realities. Even the moniker Museo Jumex indicates that. There have been many corporate collections of contemporary art, but is there another, similarly ambitious art museum in all the Americas named for a corporation whose wealth made it possible?
Design Scheme of Multi-channel Voltage Measurement Based on Stm32
Design Scheme of Multi-channel Voltage Measurement Based on Stm32
This design proposes a design scheme of multi-channel voltage measurement based on STM32 chip, and the measurement range is between 0-10V. The built-in A / D of STM32 samples the multi-channel voltage values to obtain the corresponding digital quantity. Then the corresponding analog voltage value is obtained according to the proportional relationship between digital quantity and analog quantity, which is displayed by TFTLCD display equipment, and the multi-channel collected data is stored in SD card.1. IntroductionIn recent years, data acquisition and its application have attracted more and more attention, and data acquisition system has developed rapidly. It can be widely used in various fields.Data acquisition technology is one of the important branches of information science. Data acquisition is also a process of obtaining object information from one or more signals. Data acquisition is an important link in industrial control systems. It is usually realized by some single chip microcomputer systems with relatively independent functions. As an indispensable part of the measurement and control system, the performance characteristics of data acquisition directly affect the whole system.Voltage measurement is the most universal. It is of great significance to study and design methods and instruments to improve voltage measurement accuracy. In the design of voltage measurement, single chip microcomputer as controller is the core of the whole design. In addition, there must be an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in the design. ADC is used to directly collect analog voltage and convert analog signal into digital signal. It directly affects the accuracy and speed of data acquisition.2. System overviewThe microcontroller of this design adopts STM32 single chip microcomputer.STM32 Series MCU is designed based on the Cortex-M3 core of arm company. Its clock frequency reaches 72mhz. It is a high-performance product among similar products. It has the advantages of high performance, low cost and low power consumption. It is a good choice in embedded application design. The A / D converter in the design adopts STM32 built-in ADC. STM32 ADC is a 12 bit successive approximation analog-to-digital converter.It has up to 18 channels and can measure 16 external and 2 internal signal sources. The A / D conversion of each channel can be performed in single, continuous, scanning or intermittent mode. The conversion results can be stored in the 16 bit data register in left or right alignment. The maximum input clock can reach 14mhzThis design can measure the voltage value of 8 channels, the measurement range is 0-10V, and the display error is ± 0.001V. LCD displays the voltage value and waveform in real time, and microSD card synchronously stores the data. The system principle block diagram is shown in Figure 1.Design scheme of multi-channel voltage measurement based on stm323.3 LCD control circuitThe LCD used in this design is 2.4 inches, 320 & times; 240 resolution. The LCD module is controlled by the FSMC interface of STM32.FSMC (flexible static memory controller) can be changed into static storage controller. It is a unique storage control mechanism of STM32 series high storage density microcontroller with internal integration of flash of more than 256Kb and suffixes Xc, XD and Xe. By setting the special function register, FSMC can send corresponding data / address / control signal types according to different external memory types to match the speed of the signal, so that STM32 series microcontrollers can not only apply various external static memories of different types and speeds, Moreover, it can expand a variety of different types of static memory without adding external devices, so as to meet the comprehensive requirements of system design for storage capacity, product volume and cost.In STM32, one end of FSMC is connected to core Cortex-M3 through internal high-speed bus AHB, and the other end is an external bus for extended memory. After the access signal of the kernel to the external memory is sent to the AHB bus, it is converted into a signal conforming to the communication protocol of the external memory through the FSMC and sent to the corresponding pin of the external memory to realize the data interaction between the kernel and the external memory. FSMC acts as a bridge, which can not only convert the signal type, but also adjust the signal width and timing, so as to shield the differences of different storage types and make them no difference to the kernel.FSMC can connect devices such as nor / PSRAM / NAND / PC card, and has FSMC_ A [25:0] has 26 address buses and FSMC [15:0] has 16 data buses. In addition, the extended storage space of FSMC is divided into 8 blocks. Select the block of the operation through the address line. In this way, the LCD will operate as a memory with one address space.3.4 SD card drive circuitThe SD card used in this design is microSD, also known as TF card. MicroSD card is a very small flash memory card, which is mainly used in mobile phones. However, due to its small volume and the continuous improvement of storage capacity, it has been used in GPS devices, portable music players, digital cameras and some flash memory disks. The pin diagram of microSD card is shown in Figure 9.MicroSD card, like SD card, has SPI and SDIO operation buses. Compared with SDIO bus, SPI bus has simple interface, but its speed is slow. We use SDIO mode.MicroSD card has 4 data lines in SDIO mode.In fact, microSD has 1-wire mode and 4-wire mode in SDIO mode, that is, 1 or 4 data lines are used respectively. Of course, the speed of 4-wire mode is faster than that of 1-wire mode, but the operation is more complex. The 4-wire mode of SDIO is used in this design. The hardware connection diagram of microSD card is shown in Figure 3.STM32 MCU Chinese official websiteSTMicroelectronics / St / STM
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