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In the Air Design Challenge

4 Posts authored by: dimonic
Apologies folks for the long gap between posts!   Things have been moving forward, although not as fast as I would like, and not ion all the areas I would like them to.   Things Achieved  Assembled a frame for the project - Ikea Gorm frame, fluorescent tube lighting - the lighting is GE's F40T12 Plant and Aquarium bulbs in a cheap fixture. Started seedlings (require only moisture until after germination). Assembled components and workbench - power supply, soldering station. Bl ...
Another day, another delivery. This time, a shiny Tenma pH probe has arrived - a delicate looking affair, with the tip sealed into a tiny bottle containing some liquid. This weekend I will hook up the parts to do some initial testing of the sensor.   Plan of action:   Setup OS on Beaglebone, connect it to my network (and Internet). Get MSP430FR5969 started - connect the pH probe to it, and try out some initial code. Get Beaglebone talking to the MSP430FR5969, and have some logging ...
My team is assembled. I have the following amazing people ready to pull the project from possibility to implementation:   Peter Steadman - project guru, mentor Myself - chief programmer and integrator Alana Gaudet - green expert and gardener extraordinaire Jason Niu - Aquaponics expert Keith Thomson - Electronics wizard Stephanie Amann - kid-wrangler and all round support   What we may measure and control.  Water - One of the principle things people get wrong in gardening. ...
Firstly - thanks Element14 and Sponsors. This is an amazing opportunity. As a first reaction, I am a little staggered by the enormity of what I have taken on. My second reaction has been to reach out to people I know for assistance and encouragement.   The environment has long been a passion of mine, and at the same time I have always loved gadgets and building things. With this project I can scratch both itches, and advance my own understanding of electronics, software and agriculture. &# ...