Category Archives: Sensors

Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit

Hooray for Curb, the Austin-based startup focused on NOT just another home automation device.

Whereas Nest, et. al., aspire to be house overlords controlling everything from HVAC to fridge to security, Curb stays above the standards race by just targeting the circuit breaker in your house.

Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home — whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.

Using a Freescale i.Mx28 processor, might we do a little hacking to see how they do it? At the very least, CEO Erik Norwood tells us that API sharing is part of their model:

There’s a few companies out there trying to do everything themselves, which conceptually might make sense. What we’re going to find is the most effective solutions are from companies that are focused on doing one thing extremely well, then opening up their system through an API and working with other companies in a very direct and valuable manner.

Source: Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit | EE Times

Let’s get Physical! Using the RPi for Much Kid Fun

It’s been a given that the Raspberry Pi’s not just for adults. And in this charming animation narrated by two children and Eben Upton, the RPi Foundation shows us the good fun kids can have with this wonderful microcomputer.
 
The  great thing about it? There’s no mention of using it to play video games. Instead, you learn about the thrill of physical computing including how to build a methane alert when your dad is trumping. For American readers unfamiliar with this important term, watching the video reveals the hilarious meaning of this Britishism.

From “Let’s get Physical!” from Raspberry Pi Foundation on Vimeo.

 

Smallest Arduino with Bluetooth LE and IMU

Femto-ize it! There’s no gender bias with the Femtoduino; it’s just a really small Arduino Leonardo clone.

Ho-hum, another clone you say? Not so. The Femtoduino packs on board Bluetooth (BLE), accelerometer, altimeter and a USB port into a 34.54 mm (1.36 inches) wide PCB. At USD $75.00 a pop, it’s obviously more than the price of an Arduino. Or any super-powered MPU, for that matter.  But with this kind of form factor, there’s no excuse for big ugly prototypes.

Smallest Arduino with Bluetooth LE + IMU – YouTube.

Smallest Arduino with Bluetooth LE + IMU – YouTube.

Ecapture Unveils EyesMap, Tablet Built for 3D Scanning

Ecapture, a company based in Mérida Spain, today unveiled their own tablet with extensive 3D scanning and measurement capabilities, called the EyesMap. Unlike the typical tablet you and I are used to, this device is made primarily as a measuring and 3D scanning too.

EyesMap, a new tablet dedicated to 3D scanning


 

Ecapture Unveils EyesMap, Tablet Built for 3D Scanning – 3DPrint.com.

SoftBank’s New Robot Knows Exactly How You Feel. (That’s Creepy.)

Pepper, the new robot from SoftBank, sees your face, hears your voice and knows if you’re happy, sad or just not that into him.

Source: SoftBank’s New Robot Knows Exactly How You Feel. (That’s Creepy.)

VoCore, The Tiny Internet Of Things Thing

An Indiegogo wifi-enabled IoT pearl:

With tiny Linux boards popping up like dandelions, it was only a matter of time before someone came out with a really tiny Linux board. This is it:  a tiny board less than an inch on each side with an 802.11n System on Chip running OpenWrt on Linux. The best part? You can pick one up for $20 USD.

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VoCore, The Tiny Internet Of Things Thing.

Global Space High Altitude Balloon Challenge

A wonderful gallery of pix from the recently concluded (April) High-Altitude Balloon competition, with entrants from around the world, from young makers to university students to engineers to old DIYers.

Gallery — Global Space Balloon Challenge via Adafruit.