I am excited to be going to the Silicon Valley Robotics Network Event this Thursday at 3D robotics in San Francisco. I’ll be speaking very briefly about Robot Garden.
I don’t like throwing things away just because some part of them is broken, it’s wasteful and inelegant. So when my under-one-year-old snapped the clip off the tail light of my bicycle, I certainly wasn’t going to throw it away when all the electronics and most of the case was perfectly fine.
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While flying cars, jet packs, super human robots and cyber-neural interfaces are still mostly out of reach, some cybernetic (or near cybernetic) enhancement is starting to be possible even on a DIY level. For instance, extending human senses to include magnetism and ferocity.
Continue reading 6th sense: Magnetism
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
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
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