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We invited engineers, DIY hobbyists, and tinkerers to upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment, or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino. Some of the participants in Upcycle It were joining their first element14 Design Challenge, so we thought we'd reach out to them and see how they felt about participating. Among them were Fernando Hila and Brent Papesh, who took a front-load washing machine and used it as ...
We invited engineers, DIY hobbyists, and tinkerers to upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment, or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino. Our winners created three great designs: an old clock that became a household IoT hub, a circa 1999 power distribution unit (PDU) modernized with IoT features, and a nixie tube impulse counter turned into a web-scraped value display device. We asked them some questions abo ...
Despite a lack of posts there's actually been quite a bit going on over the last couple of weeks. Now that the challenge is over, I've been reviewing car and electronics. Electronics There's been a few recurrent problems with the solution mostly around the fragile wiring and power issues. The subsystems have all been tested and checked over the last couple of weeks in an attempt to get a better demo video. It's quite a complex design with multiple batteries, power convertors, grove connector bre ...
We invited engineers, DIY hobbyists, and tinkerers to upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment, or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino. element14 member Carmelito Andrade took an old clock given to him by his mother and turned it into an intelligent home device that can give him the weather, traffic, updates on his email and Twitter accounts, and much more. His outstanding Upcycled Clock was selected as th ...
Firstly, we would like to apologize for turning in our final blog late. Personal schedule conflicts and time management issues lead us to complete the project at a slower pace than anticipated. Our project’s latency was also in part caused the fact that we did not receive our Edison kit, which pressed us for time when it came to completing the clock’s systems that relied on use of the Edison. Nevertheless, we learned a lot about the Edison chip while making an attempt to create our o ...
Preparing the growing baskets   The seeds are placed in a cut on the foam.   I am testing Lettuce, Parsley, Rocket and Spinach all in one go.     So far this is what we got. I will place them in the drum as soon as I have most of them germinated.     I will be using the following nutrient solution on the first cycle testing. They say this is the brand chosen by NASA and Antarctica Scientists to grow their experimental crops... Can't go wrong!   ...
As part of the this blog post, the idea is to implement something that would allow the clock to detect the opening of my front door in the evening, when I get back home from work, which then reads out the temperature, weather condition and tweets. After looking into my components box, I found two thing that would help me achieve this, that is an ESP8266 board and Magnetic contact switch aka a door sensor. Basically as part of the setup, I am using MQTT to publish a message from the ESP8266 when ...
The Challange   Upcycle It   To upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino.     Proposal   Upcycle It - Washing Machine Hydroponic Grower - #1 Introduction   To use an old front load washing machine to be the main assembly of the rotary hydroponic system controlled by the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino.   Controller to moni ...
We started assembling and flashing the board following Intel instructions at https://software.intel.com/en-us/get-started-edison-windows   As the idea is to get feeds from the rotary grower and be able to change settings such as drum rotation and grow light time on/off periods we have to run MQTT broker and client.   At this stage, the broker will be only accessible on the local network but later I will set up a DNS server so we can access it from everywhere.   Building and Run ...
Details of electrical connections for the grow light and water pump   The relays that switch the light and the water pump were enclosed inside a junction box so there are no exposed wires and terminals for this part of the circuit. The control cables came through the bottom of the box, just next to the Edison Board. The relay block has 4 relays but at this stage, I am using only 2. The other 2 I will have as spare as I have plans to install an air blower to force air into the drum if it ...
On hydroponic systems, the growing medium has the only function to secure the plant roots in place so it doesn't have any means to nourish the plants as the soil does. Therefore, the water caring a nutrient solution is the sole source of nutrients to the plant.   Conventional hydroponic systems consist in a reservoir for the nutrient solution and a pump that delivers this solution to the growing trays as required. For rotary systems, the solution normally doesn't need to be pumped as the g ...
To start programming the stepper motor control, I did some tests having the stepper motor turning the drum at different pulse frequencies.   Checking some other rotary growing systems I found that it normally takes 30 to 45 minutes to give a complete turn. I found it very slow (about 0.025 RPM). The beauty of having a stepper motor is that we can virtually set it at any speed below its maximum RPM.   I decided to physically check the drum RPM applying different pulse frequencies to t ...
Upcycle finished! The Hybrid Radio is ready   I published the first draft pic as a comment to my last post #10. Here is a better one. This is my last post for the Upcycle-it Challenge,   During the last week of the project everything had to go according to plan. On Friday, June 2nd  noon time,  I had an almost finished radio that still needed some finishing touches, but it was working. While I was in the process of preparing it and the software  ready, more ideas a ...
UpCycle IT - R2I - Hot2Not UpCycle IT – R2I INDEX:   Blog #1_”Introduction” Blog #2_”Designing” Blog #3 "The Kit" Blog #4_"Mother Natures Version" Blog #5_"Research" Blog #6_"Competition01" Blog #7_"Edison Setup" Blog #8_"Edison 2 Ardunio" Blog #9_"Grove-ON" Blog #10_"Hot2Not" Blog #11_"BackONTrack"   Blog #11 - BackONTrack   Ah good times!  Sometimes you can be stuck on a single problem for days and days, other times you can be so lucky as ...
UpCycle IT - R2I - Grove-ON!UpCycle IT – R2I INDEX:   Blog #1_”Introduction” Blog #2_”Designing” Blog #3 "The Kit" Blog #4_"Mother Natures Version" Blog #5_"Research" Blog #6_"Competition01" Blog #7_"Edison Setup" Blog #8_"Edison 2 Ardunio" Blog #9_"Grove-ON" Blog #10_"Hot2Not"   Blog #10 - Hot2Not   As I had mentioned in blog #9 I am interesting in getting the temperature sensor and the lcd display rolling together since it seems a great duo to ...