I’ve completed my Original Magic Mirror Design. There are a few different tutorials on the web on how to build one of these. This is not a tutorial. It can help you visualize what you need to do to build one, but this is mostly a proof of concept, as is most of my work. If you are interested in a custom build like this, feel free to message me and I’ll do my best to help. Something like this can range from $800 to $1,500 depending on how complicated you want it to be.
So I’ve finally upgraded my computer, Again, I guess. I’ve built my own computer ever since my university laptop (the Toshiba Tecra M3 — Pentium M 750 1.86 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HDD) died. I remember when that happened … I opened it up and there was so much dust in it that it probably overheated and maybe something shorted out. It was a complete bust. I’m actually rather surprised that it lasted that long. University life is quite rough and it lasted the better part of about 4-4.5 years (almost my whole time at Uni). When I […]
Ever thought: “Hey, I wish I could talk to that other dude that’s on this website also looking at stuff”. Let’s say for example you were shopping for a really cool thing, and then you see that someone else also has that really cool thing in their shopping cart. Don’t you wish you could intimidate them into leaving so that you could purchase it first! Oh man, do I have some news for you! With the latest communications technology, now you can! Introducing the Communicator 2.0 now with 100% more ability to talk with others on the webpage. With the […]
I’ve always been an early adopter when it comes to new technology. Back in about Sept 2012 I decided to get involved in this new thing they called Bitcoin. For me it was all about trying to understand the technology, so I did some rresearch. I found a nice website that you could calculate the estimated earnings from a Bitcoin mining machine. This allowed me to compare different machines and make an educated decision on what to buy. I ended up spending $60 on this little beauty. Or at least that’s what the company said it would look like. The […]
Each iteration being designed with the intent to be hyper connected with the world and it’s community.
So as I hinted from my last post. I have decided to delve right into the world of professional software development. I have started using “Eclipse” as my development platform for my IoT chip – ESP32 by Sparkfun. To be fair, I didn’t really have a choice. Not all of the features that I need this chip to do have been ported over into the “Arduino” platform yet. I’m sure it eventually will (possibly more than a year, as seen on the prior chip). So, I’m pulling up my big boy pants and learning all the things! I will be […]
The fun part is always unwrapping all the new toys you just got! And when it comes to tiny little electronic components … there is a lot of wrapping, from anti-static bags to bubble wrap! My favorite part is that tiny little blue heat sink. It just looks so cool! (pun intended)
So I’ve finished the design of my interface board between the ESP32 and my Cold Brew Coffee Maker PRO. It was mostly complete a little while ago, but I had not yet done the design checks for this new awesome service I discovered. I was searching for a simple and affordable board printing service. There are a bunch, I know, but I really do like this one: dorkbotpdx.org which runs their orders through oshpark.com.
I’ve always setup my computer to be woken up from sleep via an app on my phone (Wol Wake on Lan Wan by Brobble, for anyone interested). But yesterday, I thought, I should just make a button that sits on my couch side table … that’s really where this button should be. I use my computer as a media manager (using Plex, another app, to manage and stream to my smart TV). As I was thinking out loud that I wanted such an “Easy” button … I realized that I already had all the parts needed to make this happen. […]
So I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years now, but I’ve never had the patience to really devote some time to it … Until now. Rendering of partially designed board (top view) I’ve been learning circuit board design and component selection. I’m hoping to not only simplify the entire wiring design for my cold brewer. I’m trying to expand its capabilities tenfold.