Remaining organized

Lists I think that I was never a big fun of making lists / keeping track of stuff - I kinda believed that I could keep everything in my head and that’ll be enough. After I’ve got married the first improvement was to employ Wunderlist - because we always ended up having an argument with my wife when I had to go shopping. Dropping in Wunderlist: made it possible to keep a shared list between us add items items to buy independently from when we will be buying it ability reorder the list right away when we are about to enter a large shop depending on the number of items on the list; this could reduce the number of times the list needs to be rescanned; and reduce the total path within the store to collect all items Wunderlist was sunsetted after Microsoft bought it and “integrated it” into “To Do” for which I’ve given a go but I missed some things…I was looking for a new alternative and ended up using “Memento Database” which is different in many ways - but it has more flexibility and can be shape better to match different use cases.

Maoam dispenser

After having fun with the logic game - the next fun idea was to make an automated Maoam dispenser - so that in case of successfull solution the reward is given automatically :) Initial idea At first I was thinking some vertical approach and planned to use some small servo to push out the maoam pieces. I’ve designed some alpha version to get a glimpse on how this could look like…

Busy Logic - the game

Time passed by while no-one really cared about the busy board again….sometimes Kinga played with it a bit - but there was no point doing it. I wanted to also add the “official” diagrams of the gates (how much fun that is)….but when I was talking with my daughter - or I don’t know how I figured out that it could be a game… Simple game I’ll configure some binary logic using all the inputs…and the goal of the game is to make all the LEDs lit!

Busy Board

The idea This whole thing started around my first little daughter (Kinga) reached the age of one. My friend showed me some pictures of busy boards…and as an enthusiastic father I wanted to build one for my little one :) Concept The original concept was to install a relatively “big” modular stuff in the hall. Around this time I was already somewhat familiar with OpenScad - so I (designed it).

Long time...no post

Long time…no post I really liked that I was making something which I will be able to look back into; I’ll try to start this over again…but it feels like I’m leaving a big gap behind…so I’ll try to collect some things happend since my last post… I usually written these on the bus going into work…but somewhere around I stopped writing these posts I became a Hive committer and eventually got into the Hive team - this caused a little bit to change life style to adapt to some meetings which were occured later/etc.

esp - pcb order!

After finishing up with all the neccessary features on the breadboard I’ve stucked. There wasn’t really any reason why I slowed down…maybe the winter or the fact that I might order some crap; because my board design is flawed… Anyway…I’ve set some deadline for myself…wrote down some unmet requirements against it (like there should be some hole to mount it/etc)..and finished it. EasyEDA project:haut-generic2 I’ve ordered 3 pieces from a local pcb prototype lab (unipcb)

esp tinkering#3 infrared

I’ve wanted to schedule the easier things to later; and after the pir/pwm came the tasks i assumed are easier. Connecting a standard ir reciever is not much an issue - usually; but no matter how i tried it, it just didnt work. I’ve kept circling after a while: check connection, check datasheet, check program, use different (remote/ir reciever/pin). I’ve even checked that the ir receiver works ysing an arduino uno…

OpenELEC hardware upgrade

I’m using raspberry pi boards as media center satelites to run openelec/kodi. Some features of this setup: installed directly behind the screen…essentially the hdmi port holds the board ethernet connection central mediadb => stop on device1, and continue on some other device feature I’ve hesitated to upgrade any of these devices: because they worked and i’ve read about rpi3 that it needs 3amps..but since i’ve needed an rpi board for the busyboard project; i’ve ordered one.

esp tinkering#2 controlling a fet

After the pir ride i’ve added the dht - that worked without any issues; the biggest problem was that i was sure i’ve connected it to gpio4…and in reality it was connected to 5…I now have large ESP12E module layout printed out - this will probably prevent mistakes like this. The fet needs pwm control…so I wanted to continue with that. Wiring it up was not much an issue.

esp8266 - tinkering#1 PIR

I wanted to start moving my hardware features to the esp prototype… baby steps? I wanted to start with something simple…the PIR sensor is either gives signal or not - that’s simple enough ;) Because I want my new board to be pure 3.3v based - i had some issues that the sensor didn’t wanted to work with 3.3v. However…it turned out; that the board is in fact 3.3v based - and I’ve used a trick to skip the hc-sr501 ’s on-board regulator.