Garden Automation Part 2

The Raspberry Pi has IO pins left over after attaching it to the OpenSprinkler Pi and I am still waiting for my Pinoccio‘s to instrument my environment so I added a first yard sensor to the pi. It’s a DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor. Fortunately, pretty much all the work to get this connected to the Raspberry Pi has already been done. Consulting the pinout and using Adafruit’s interface program, I got my first data in minutes of work :-) Continue reading Garden Automation Part 2

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