Non commercial gadget stuff
- Raspberry Pi based Time Lapse Camera
I built this to record our year long Westfiield workshop build.
Consisting of 3 Pi Cameras - they were used to record periodic images and upload to a secure server using custom Python scripts. Over 45,000 images were captured and are amazing quality for such a DIY bit of kit. But next time we will spend a little more on the camera mounts, which unfortunately slipped a few times!
- 8 Bit Sim Machine
A software-modeled environment for declaring and deploying an 8 Bit simulation computer with any spec hardware, and any configuration. Why? It's cheaper than soldering and takes up far less room - and if I really wanted to, I could design my own virtual hardware to test with.
So why not?
- 8 Bit Breadboard Computer
This one is a long way from being finished, but the concept worked and I managed to get an 8-bit CPU from the 80's booting my very own operating system!. Okay, perhaps not quite! But it did boot a custom ROM hand-coded in Z80 assembler using op-codes to prove the board worked! It has BIOS jumps, a primitive memory and device Bank Switching handler (Arduino Nano), used an Arduino Mega with a live-via-serial-editable ROM as a kind of virtual motherboard to boot the CPU and modify its running state, another Arduino to mimic a VGA board (credit due to this wonderful person for that!), a few RAM chips and lots of wires! Just not enough to be useful. Yet ;)
- Raspberry Pi Thin Client
Using very cheap hardware, I've been running a monitoring station that just works all day, every day. Pi clients are readily available and once combined with Private Cloud services, can offer an easy to deploy ultra cheap temporary workstation, kiosk or service portal
- Raspberry Pi / Linux based network
Having used Linux / Raspberry Pi's for a number of little home-brew projects, I decided to expand my skills and learn a basic Linux network setup. Consisting of DHCP, DNS, file servers, backups, E-Mail, MySQL and GIT Servers, I've built a prototype network cluster to demonstrate an open-source approach and flesh out how it might work.
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