Sonntag, 10. Juni 2012

Biz’s LEGO case – the Borreaton Scouts hit Germany

Biz’s LEGO case – the Borreaton Scouts hit Germany.

Posted on June 8, 2012 by liz

Biz, age 12, is a member of the Borreaton Scouts Robo Club. When we featured them in a post a few weeks ago, we had a number of requests for instructions on making the LEGO Raspberry Pi case she’d created. She’s sent me some instructions and photos – thanks Biz!



The Scouts are in Mannheim, Germany today. They’re representing the UK in the FIRST LEGO League Open Robot Championship; judging is taking place today. We thought you’d like to see the extremely swanky uniforms they’re using for the contest, and Cazz, another Scout, agreed to model them here. (Note left arm.)

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Freitag, 8. Juni 2012

Mobile Geekness...

Nach ewigen Hin und Her habe ich mal meine mobile Geekshow ausgemistet.

Die PDAs (Compaq iPAQ 3660, HP iPAQ rx3715, Casio Cassiopeia E125, Toshiba e830) sind geschlossen in mein privates Technikmuseum gewandert oder finden in diversen Bastelprojekten eine neue Bestimmung. Das selbe Schicksal ereilte auch die Fraktion der Mobiltelefone (SE K700, Nokia E61 und E66).
Zumindest der Akkustikkoppler hat sich gefreut als er endlich mal Gesellschaft bekommen hat. ;-)

Bleibt nur noch das was ich tatsächlich benutze:

Donnerstag, 7. Juni 2012

Indoor walking directions in Google Maps for Android


St.Petersburg Apartment with a Traditional Twist [Visualized]

St.Petersburg Apartment with a Traditional Twist [Visualized]:
These smooth renders, by Anton Valiev, depict an apartment in St.Petersburg awash with a soft neutral palette and a pristine traditional finish.
In the master bedroom suite, feminine fleur-de-lis wallpaper in powder blue freshens cream furniture and trims, along with matching blue bedcover and sofa accent cushions, to tie the whole scheme together from top to toe. The ornate decadence continues across the ceiling with a duo of shaded chandeliers for a cozy glow.
In the master bedroom suite, feminine fleur-de-lis wallpaper in powder blue freshens cream furniture and trims, along with matching blue bedcover and sofa accent cushions, to tie the whole scheme together from top to toe. The ornate decadence continues across the ceiling with a duo of shaded chandeliers for a cozy glow.
Blue wallpaper Taupe Brown curtains bedroom
Blue Taupe Brown Traditional Bedroom
A masculine themed den-cum-study complete with Chesterfield sofa, muted plaid wallcovering, roaring fireplace, and artwork pertaining to world travel and adventure, evokes the secrecy of an old-world gentlemen's lodge.
A masculine themed den-cum-study complete with Chesterfield sofa, muted plaid wallcovering, roaring fireplace, and artwork pertaining to world travel and adventure, evokes the secrecy of an old-world gentlemen’s lodge.
Plaid wallpaper masculine study
Shades of taupe cover the second bedroom, and are lifted by the introduction of wall pattern, and two-tone furniture. The head of the bed is swathed with a romantic canopy, echoing the sheer window dressing and adding further luxury to the scheme.
Shades of taupe cover the second bedroom, and are lifted by the introduction of wall pattern, and two-tone furniture. The head of the bed is swathed with a romantic canopy, echoing the sheer window dressing and adding further luxury to the scheme.
Taditional feminine hallway dressing room
White painted kitchen cabinets continue the elegant traditional look of the home design whilst still housing all of the required mod cons like an integrated chrome coffee maker. Wall paneling is picked out in cream to brighten the biscuit tone walls and curtains.
White painted kitchen cabinets continue the elegant traditional look of the home design whilst still housing all of the required mod cons like an integrated chrome coffee maker. Wall paneling is picked out in cream to brighten the biscuit tone walls and curtains.
white traditional kitchen diner
Even a cloakroom is given a statement look in more of the striking plaid pattern, which compliments the deep wood tones and classic style of sanitary ware.
Even a cloakroom is given a statement look in more of the striking plaid pattern, which compliments the deep wood tones and classic style of sanitary ware.
Neutral traditional bathroom
Classic furniture fills a lavish master bathroom suite, taking the decor back to a bygone era, whilst the mirror shine of chrome fixtures and fittings brings a freshness, and prevents the décor from appearing outdated.
Classic furniture fills a lavish master bathroom suite, taking the decor back to a bygone era, whilst the mirror shine of chrome fixtures and fittings brings a freshness, and prevents the décor from appearing outdated.
White traditional bathroom roll top bath
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Home automation from 50 miles away – with a Raspberry Pi

Home automation from 50 miles away – with a Raspberry Pi:
Simon Maple and Andy Stanford-Clark, Friends of Pi from IBM, have been having a lot of fun with Andy’s house, which is networked and monitored up to the rafters. They’ve added a Raspberry Pi, IBM’s Liberty Profile, and Really Small Message Broker for sending telemetry-type data using MQTT. The result is a great little tech demo where Simon turns Andy’s pond fountain and heated towel rail on and off remotely from his own house 50 miles and a stretch of sea away, watching energy usage fluctuate in real time; he can even check the levels in Andy’s oil tank. This is brilliant: lightweight software running on lightweight hardware, doing some really useful stuff.
I do not think I’ve ever found a towel rail so interesting; I love seeing demos like this with so many real-world applications.
Massive thanks to Simon and Andy for all their work on this (there’s more on Simon’s blog), and especially to Simon for being such a fantastic pi-vangelist. Everybody else: if you’re reading this and have come up with a Raspberry Pi demo you think we’d be interested in, please email me (my details are available on the Contacts page). We’re always looking for new projects to feature here on the blog.