Video Tutorial: BME820 Environmental Sensor and MQTT under Micropython
February 20, 2018
This week we’re starting to make our Micropython powered Wemos D1 truly useful with a sensor and data collection. We’ll wire up a BME280 sensor which measures temperature, humidity and air pressure. After we know it works, we’ll use Wifi and MQTT to send the data to a website for viewing.
Happy New Year's
January 1, 2018
Happy 2017… er 2018. I’ll have that down in about 6 months time. Thank god we don’t write checks any more, so many months of messed up dates on checks. There’s a lot that’s changed this past year (new job) and lots changing this year (getting married). However that’s less important to this blog. What is important? New Year’s Resolutions. To be technical, I’m not terribly big on a New Years Resolutions since if one needs a “New Year” as an excuse to make a change, then it probably won’t stick. That’s just how the logic sits for me and how it works/doesn’t work for me. If you feel strongly about New Year’s Resolutions, then please feel free to continue. On my side, I made a resolution to myself a few weeks ago that I was going to focus more on being productive in my free time. That starts with more writing.
So now I'm printing in PETG?!
June 6, 2017
Over the last two weeks or so that I’ve had my printer, I’ve learned a number of things. I haven’t had a chance to put “to paper” (or… blog, as it were) all of them, however last night I did my first print in PETG thought it was worth a quick mention while the hot end was still warm. Possibly the most important thing I’ve learned is that most people stick to one filament type and not jump from PLA to ABS to PETG like a bunny on crack. Turns out you need to refine your settings and do some calibrations, so I’ve learned a thing or two about that along the way.
Selecting a 3D Printer
May 31, 2017
The field of Additive Manufacturing at Home, aka 3D Printers isn’t terribly new. However it is still a field in which it’s new to most people. It’s also a field that is very rapidly evolving. Therefore the hardest part for me to write is “which 3d printer to pick” because by the time you likely read this, there will be other new options to consider. So rather than telling you what to select, I’m going to share my thought process and a few things to keep in mind.
Down the 3D printing rabbit hole: a background
May 30, 2017
For those of you who happen to follow me on various social medias may have noticed a ton of Instagram posts as of late regarding 3D Printing. It makes for great writing material. A number of you have strongly requested more details, as it is my style to share my journey, this begins a series on 3D Printing. Let’s start with my background on 3D printing (or lack there of) and what I’m going for.
A $20 tablet/laptop organizer
September 30, 2015
Do you have several laptops? Multiple iPads? Do you find yourself with an annoying stack of laptops sitting on your desk that you need to play Jenga with every time you need to switch machines? If this is the case you might be living in the most egregious world of #FirstWoldProblems -or- you work in technology. I fall into the latter group and wanted a cost-effective and nice way of keeping my laptops & tablets organized, charged, and undamaged. What you see to the right cost me about $20 and an hour of time to make.
A Pinterest success story
August 24, 2015
For those of us who aren’t super crafty types, when one mentions “Pinterest” typically the mind jumps to “Pinterest Fails". You can Google that and find hundreds of websites dedicated to the very topic. However today we’re discussing the opposite, Pinterest success stories, or more specifically one success story. This particular story centers around my niece who had mentioned to me before that she was a fan of Pinterest . However, I had no idea how amazing the results could be until this weekend at her wedding.