Wind Board for B&G Display Available

I have finished a minor update to the Wind Board, allowing it to output the signals that drive a B&G Network Wind Display. Original post regarding this here.

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This new version (called v3.2) is available from the Tindie store. Please select the B&G option when adding it to your cart!

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IoT WiFi Boat Monitor

mak_wifi2Well I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and finally have time to write it up. With my boat sitting on a mooring, I wanted a easy way to check it’s vital signs: such as position, battery voltage and bilge level. There are now dozens of internet connected microcontrollers available, and I happened to choose the MKR1000 from Arduino. Continue reading

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PID Espresso Coffee Machine Mod

PID Coffee

After playing around with an old G3 Ferrari espresso machine, I find that my barista skills are rather lacking. However it becomes difficult to improve them when the espresso machine has such a wide temperature range. Most machines have a simple thermostat that switches the boiler on at one temperature and off at another. This could be over 20 degrees when coffee purists say the best temperature is 92 – 94 degrees C! Continue reading

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Simple Home Automation Web Interface [Part 3]

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To continue on from my previous posts about the cheap wireless AC outlets, here is some code for a simple web interface that will let you turn on and off the outlets via buttons on a web page. Continue reading

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Home Automation [Part 2] – Scheduling with CRON

# m h dom mon dow command
# * * * * *  command to execute
# ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬ ┬
# │ │ │ │ │
# │ │ │ │ │
# │ │ │ │ └───── day of week (0 - 7) (0 to 6 are Sunday to Saturday)
# │ │ │ └────────── month (1 - 12)
# │ │ └─────────────── day of month (1 - 31)
# │ └──────────────────── hour (0 - 23)
# └───────────────────────── min (0 - 59)

Following on from my last post about the start of a Cheap, Easy Raspberry Pi Home Automation System this post shows how you can schedule outlets to turn off and on at particular times. This is achieved very easily on the Raspberry Pi using the cron program. I suggest reading this introduction to cron on the raspberrypi.org website. Continue reading

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Cheap, Easy Raspberry Pi Home Automation (for Australia) [Part 1]

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In my hacking adventures I came across these awesome, super-cheap wirelessly controlled mains power outlets from Jaycar Electroncis in Australia. [UPDATE: This can also be used, but you need to get a 433Mhz transmitter separately]. They are on clearance, which means they are $5 per outlet, so you better read on and get some before they disappear. Don’t be fooled by the fact they are supposedly IR controlled, in truth they aren’t! The IR receiver unit that comes with the kit contains a ubiquitous 433Mhz wireless radio module. Once you know the wireless protocol, it’s straightforward to send commands from a transmitter attached to anything… Continue reading

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DIY Marine Anemometer System

Finally I had time to complete the wind vane system on my sail boat. As I’ve mentioned in previous projects I am using a Peet Bros marine grade anemometer at the top of the mast. I managed to mount the new anemometer in the old existing ‘Signet’ brand frame, which turned out to be an excellent fit after cutting it down slightly. Continue reading

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