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2017
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 ...
"What will you make?" asked the Intel Edison. The objective of the project was to upcycle an old RC car and a Furby to create an Interactive Race Car Driver using the Intel Edison and scrap or recycled components. Car One of the key features that attracted me to the car was that it had 4 screws located at the front and back. I knew those would make a good mounting point for a frame to which I could attach my components. The frame was printed using with recycled filament that used to be car das ...
The last couple of months have been a lot of fun taking part in the challenge, and here is a quick summary of all the features I was able to implement as part of the challenge. I have managed to achieve most of the features I initially  planned as part of the proposal, with a couple of deviations. And, with the build of the clock and circuit completed, this put me in a good position to add more software features to the clock in the future. Here is an before and after picture side by side ...
<< Previous Blog Index It's been a tough, although certainly fun three months competing in the Upcycle It challenge. In this last blog I will present a wrap up of the Upcycled Nixie Display project. First of all I would like to thank Element14 and Intel® for organising and sponsoring another great challenge. For a long time I already had the plan to upgrade the nixie counter found on my attic by adding some kind of Arduino board. Due to this challenge my plans came to existence in a ...
This is a quick blog post which quickly show the features that are displayed on the Grove RGB LCD screen, which is connected to the Intel Edison.The pot and buttons are used to scroll through the features and set the Alarms..   Read more
What It Was Before I started this challenge, the PDU was in working condition. It could be controlled remotely by telnet, http web interface, and SNMP.  My goal was to make it into something that can be used with today's standards and more.  Lets move through some of the objectives, with a why and how.   Telnet: The old interface had Telnet for remote access or serial. Both of which took you to an interface menu system that was hard to use.  Now I have SSH access, in which i ...
As part of this blog post, the idea is to put all the bits of code together which were part of the previous blog post to light up the LEDs assigned to the panels on the clock. As part of the final setup the python program below will be setup to run automatically in the morning using a system service, starting at 6:30 AM and for every 20 mins interval till about 8:30 AM. But for now, I am using the POT to create the video demo of the features listed below-   Weather- this lights up bas ...
UpCycle IT - R2I - Edison link to Arduino 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 #9 - Grove-ON!   I realize some of these blogs are simplistic to many of the experienced members but I decided to make sure I document my own experie ...
In this BLOG entry I want to share some of my automation that I have planned on getting working with my PDU.  This example is showing one Edison reporting temperature to Home Assistant and then Home Assistant turning on and off an outlet that the fan is plugged into.  Hard to read the temperature on the tablet, but as it climbs to over 80 degrees, it turns on the fan and when to goes back down to under 78 it will turn it off. I am simply using my finger to warm up the temperature senso ...
After the various modifications, repairs and tests it was time to put the Furby back together. The speaker wires were soldered in place and all the cables hot glued to act as a basic strain relief. A hole was made through the battery box to route the wires through to the Edison (via the level shifters). The power cables were extended and a couple of damaged links on the board were replaced. Once that was done the case could be re-assembled. Power As mentioned previously the Edison needs 7v to be ...
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 #8 - Edison link to Arduino   Previously I had mentioned showing how to get the IDE working with our Edison board and this blog will cover that.  I am going from perspective you already h ...