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James wasn't introduced to a soldering iron until he was in his teens. Since the end of his GCSEs he hasn't really used one much either. But starting in 2008 he found an interest in it again and has since been dabbling in home automation and environmental sensing.
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I wasn't introduced to a soldering iron until I was in his teens. Since the end of my GCSEs I have really used one much either. But starting in 2008 I found an interest in it again and I've since been dabbling in home automation and environmental sensing.
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== Blog ==
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What I'm currently working on and documentation enough to build it independently (I hope) is on the blog http://www.queeg.org/
  
 
== Home Energy/Environment Monitor ==
 
== Home Energy/Environment Monitor ==
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At the moment I am trying to build an ethernet device controlled by a Atmel AVR using the enc28j60 chip. Not the easiest way to do it but it does give you a breadboard with lots of wires coming out of it looking quite impressive.
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At the moment I am working on devices that have a vaguely green angle. Including AVR programming, wireless communications, 1-Wire, temperature and humidity sensing, power control and power usage sensing.
  
The eventual aim is to have a board that will monitor my home energy usage, individual appliance power usage, temperature and humidity throughout my house and report it to a central server. From there I may look into controlling the dehumidifier and boiler from the micro-controller.
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The eventual aim is to have a collection of collaborating devices that can report on environmental conditions and control the power to devices automatically (such as the dehumidifier) and manually (such as the TV). From there I may look into moving the boiler to computer control.
  
Insperation and information for this project comes from the data sheets and [http://www.tuxgraphics.org/electronics/200606/article06061.shtml tuxgraphics.org].
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I've found an interesting project [http://openenergymonitor.org/emon/node/28 OpenEnergyMonitor] and will be using ideas from there and other locations.
  
I've also found an interesting project [http://openenergymonitor.org/emon/node/28 here]
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Page of links from a tweet by @jayfresh http://homecamp.pbworks.com/Open-Power-Meter.
  
 
== Sounding Balloon ==
 
== Sounding Balloon ==
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* [http://www.digi.com/products/wireless/xtend.jsp XTend RF Modems] modems with the range to get telemetry back during the whole flight.
 
* [http://www.digi.com/products/wireless/xtend.jsp XTend RF Modems] modems with the range to get telemetry back during the whole flight.
 
* [http://weather.uwyo.edu/polar/balloon_traj.html Balloon Trajectory Forecasts] for predicting the flight path.
 
* [http://weather.uwyo.edu/polar/balloon_traj.html Balloon Trajectory Forecasts] for predicting the flight path.
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== Bear Controller ==
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At work we have three lamps in the shape of bears attached to an old (and now broken) network PDU controlled by a script the monitors the continuous integration server (Hudson) and lights either the red bear or green bear depending on the results of the latest builds. The yellow bear is lit when a build is in progress.
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This project would build a four port network PDU to control the bears with a forth port for a single lamp for another teams Hudson instance.
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== Mini bears ==
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It would be fun to have little personal bears on the top of each developers monitor that show the state of their own projects. these could just be a row of three LEDs connected to a atMEGA8U2 and that developers workstation. Bears could be made on a MakerBot to go over the LEDs.
  
 
== UAV ==
 
== UAV ==

Latest revision as of 10:04, 27 January 2011

James Grant

I wasn't introduced to a soldering iron until I was in his teens. Since the end of my GCSEs I have really used one much either. But starting in 2008 I found an interest in it again and I've since been dabbling in home automation and environmental sensing.

Blog

What I'm currently working on and documentation enough to build it independently (I hope) is on the blog http://www.queeg.org/

Home Energy/Environment Monitor

15082009173.jpg

At the moment I am working on devices that have a vaguely green angle. Including AVR programming, wireless communications, 1-Wire, temperature and humidity sensing, power control and power usage sensing.

The eventual aim is to have a collection of collaborating devices that can report on environmental conditions and control the power to devices automatically (such as the dehumidifier) and manually (such as the TV). From there I may look into moving the boiler to computer control.

I've found an interesting project OpenEnergyMonitor and will be using ideas from there and other locations.

Page of links from a tweet by @jayfresh http://homecamp.pbworks.com/Open-Power-Meter.

Sounding Balloon

Who doesn't want to launch a telemetry payload to the edges of space (well 30km anyway)?

I know I do. I've started collecting information needed and at the moment, so long as I don't get distracted by something else shiny, I aim to get it going for summer 2010.

Bear Controller

At work we have three lamps in the shape of bears attached to an old (and now broken) network PDU controlled by a script the monitors the continuous integration server (Hudson) and lights either the red bear or green bear depending on the results of the latest builds. The yellow bear is lit when a build is in progress.

This project would build a four port network PDU to control the bears with a forth port for a single lamp for another teams Hudson instance.

Mini bears

It would be fun to have little personal bears on the top of each developers monitor that show the state of their own projects. these could just be a row of three LEDs connected to a atMEGA8U2 and that developers workstation. Bears could be made on a MakerBot to go over the LEDs.

UAV

Just an idea at the moment but it would be cool if, instead of building a wheeled robot, I built a flying robot. It could take pictures from the sky.

This would use a lot of the same tools and skills as the Sounding Balloon but also a whole lot more.

  • ArduPilot An Arduino platform based autopilot.
  • DIY Drones The place on the Internet to find information about UAVs.