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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.