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Raspberry PI Aircraft ID and Amazon Echo Interface

The article below describes a project using a Raspberry PI and a radio receiver dongle to pick up aircraft related information broadcasts and use that to identify nearby passing aircraft traffic. It then makes the information available using an Alexa skill and voice queries. TEACHING ALEXA TO SPOT AIRPLANES – [nicksypteras.com] This was actually a […]

Low Energy Bluetooth Mesh Networks

Bluetooth is a short range wireless standard used to connect devices that are close to each other. Mesh networking allows many devices to connect to each other using multi-path delivery and ad hoc topologies. The new bluetooth mesh standard is expected to apply directly to the area known as “internet of things” (IOT) where it […]

Exponential Change is Here

Legacy | Future of Everything with Jason Silva | Singularity University – [youtube.com] Futurists and entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil created Singularity University to communicate the implications of exponential technological progress. Humans are only wired to think about change linearly, but exponential change is here, and the impact of exponential technological change will be […]

A Raspberry PI3 Project

A Raspberry PI3 Project

RASPBERRY PI3 – [.pptx slides] ========== Outline Introduction CanaKIT Project Ideas Deer Deterrent Conclusions ========== Introduction RPi A credit card sized computer for $35 Free Linux OS Power from USB phone charger USB keyboard and mouse ports HDMI video port WiFi and Bluetooth Tailored for education/homebrew/lab environments https://www.raspberrypi.org/ https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/ ========== Introduction Specs A 1.2GHz 64-bit […]

Multidimensional Intelligence

Intelligence is often presented as a simple linear scale that ranges from some description of “low” to some description of “high”. In fact, intelligence takes on different forms. The linear scale is often used to describe factors like: computational speed, computational accuracy, and amount of knowledge stored. While these all should be included in an […]

openHAB Integrates IOT Devices

openHAB is a platform designed to integrate many different Internet Of Things (IOT) devices. IOT devices include: light bulbs, power control, thermostats, voice control, appliance control, sensors, and many more. Getting all of these devices to work together is often not easy. openHAB intends to offer software and protocols that can tie all of these […]

MQTT is Messaging for IOT

MQTT is an acronym that stands for Message Queue Telemetry Transport. It is a communications or messaging protocol for Internet Of Things (IOT) devices. If we want our toaster and coffee maker and doorbell to talk to each other, they will most likely be using MQTT. [when the doorbell rings to announce guests, start the […]

Open Source Computer Controlled Farming

FARMBOT is a concept for automated farming that begins with a small home-scale computer controlled gardening machine. The machine is controlled by a Raspberry-Pi computer, an Arduino control board, and open source software. FARMBOT – TECHNOLOGY THAT BETTERS THE WORLD – [youtube.com] FarmBot Genesis is humanity’s first open-source CNC farming machine designed for at-home automated […]

Automated Food Production

Our food production processes are becoming increasingly automated. AGRICULTURE – planting seeds, irrigation, weeding, and harvesting can all currently be done using automation. PREPARATION – getting food ready for cooking involves things like cleaning, shelling and husking, crushing and grinding, and more. All of these tasks have been done by automation for many years. COOKING […]

Augmented Reality Will Help Firefighters

Augmented reality adds information to our experience of reality. In many cases, we take it for granted that we simply want to experience reality just as it is, but there are times when that is not true. In those cases, Augmented Reality (AR) becomes desirable because it enhances reality with more information instead of replacing […]