Garden Automation Part 1

OpenSprinkler PI
OpenSprinkler Pi with Raspberry PI model A and 3.3V serial adapter

Because I always want to automate everything, and I am not that good at gardening yet, I am working on adding smarts to our garden. To start with, the watering system.

I bought an OpenSprinkler PI from Ray’s Hobby and a Raspberry Pi model A (the one with less RAM and since I knew I was going to want to operate it on wifi and wasn’t going to be asking too much of it. I figured I ought to get some hands on experience with the Raspi since everyone is talking about it and it’s convenient not to have to start from scratch for sprinkler automation. Continue reading Garden Automation Part 1

Why green tech investors should care about robotics

Sustainability is the most important technological problem we face today and for the foreseeable future. We need to use resources more intelligently and to be successful, our technology needs to become intelligent itself. Robotics is the study of giving the ability to sense the environment, make intelligent decisions and take action to machines and; a large part of green technology and robotics are the same technology. Continue reading Why green tech investors should care about robotics

Presentation at ARM Tech Conference 2012

My ebike computer project was selected as a presentation for the “DIY Geek” series of lightning talks at the ARM Tech Conference this year. They were looking for people who had gotten their hands dirty using ARM Microcontrollers to give walk throughs on approaches and with a cortex M3 mbed at its heart and 2+ ARM processors on the android phone side, this project fit the bill. You can download a PDF of my presentation.