A 13-post collection
9 months ago

thingslearn goes Zühlke

iot   software   hardware   thingslearn  

A few people who come to this blog know that I've been commercially active with thingslearn Ltd. in the UK. The company served as a port-of-call for customers mostly in the IoT and M2M arena, who were…

2 years ago

thingmonk 2015 - conclusions

iot   hardware   software   tinkering  

It's now four days since thingmonk and I'm still recovering. It's the developer event for IoT in Europe and it really brings together a lot of people from the community. For two days that means "work…

2 years ago

microCurrent: Don't guess, measure your consumption

hardware   tinkering  

Having gotten years worth of data from Wirelessthings XRF-based sensors from a single CR2032 coin cell, I was quite keen to get some of my own RFu328-based sensors ready for battery power. I've had pr…

2 years ago

Expectation management: The Internet of Little Things

iot   software   hardware  

Only two weeks ago I've expressed my frustration over the apparent lack of innovation in the consumer IoT space. At the same time, I emphasised that simply 'putting a chip in it' doesn't make traditio…

2 years ago

Where are the consumer IoT products?

iot   hardware   software  

Last Tuesday saw another special event as part of the IoT London Meetup series, when our host and organiser Alex Deschamps-Sonsino invited us to the City Hall. Our poshest host yet! #iotlondon pic.tw…

2 years ago

Quality checks for small batch production

iot   hardware   thingslearn   tinkering  

Today I want to reflect a bit on quality checks (QC) in small batch production runs. That is, how do you check your electronics hardware when you're past the prototyping stage but you haven't quite ar…

2 years ago

Hacking dinosaurs at Blackgang Chine

tinkering   node-red   software   hardware  

Those of you who follow Twitter for hacking, making and crafting will know "celebrities" Dr Lucy Rogers and Andy Stanford-Clark. For the past year or so, both have been showing pictures and videos of…

2 years ago

Making your own Printed Circuit Board

hardware   tinkering  

CamJam organiser Michael Horne is known for his Raspberry Pi-based tri-corder like PiPod. In the most simple terms, it is a collection of a few environmental sensors and a retro-looking LCD display in…

2 years ago

How to make a battery last forever...

iot   tinkering   hardware  

Many devices in the IoT won’t be mains powered, but require some sort of supply with limited capacity: be it common batteries or rechargeable cells, energy management is a key challenge for the devel…

3 years ago

Another big donation from ARM

hardware   education  

The Game-of-Life is an example of cellular automata, a conceptual framework that is inspired by the interaction of living cells in a confined space over time. Computer science students learn about Co…

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