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A New Cassette Tape to play in my car – Thanks Billie Eilish! @billieeilish

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Today a NEW Cassette Tape landed in the post to play in my car tape deck! I bet most people purchased Billie Eilish new Album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? as a collectors item, and not to play!

Billie Eilish new Album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish new Album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

My ICE!

My ICE!

and I can play it in the office on this

Panasonic Stereo Cassette Player

Panasonic Stereo Cassette Player

which reminds me of this Inbetweeners scene

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Drone flights near Dartmoor!

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

A few photos from Devon.

RAF Harrowbeer

RAF Harrowbeer

RAF Harrowbeer

RAF Harrowbeer – if you look closely you can see the old runway.

View over Horrabridge

View over Horrabridge

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FREE Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kits

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

My FREE Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit has arrived. (okay, it cost me 1 pence!)

Boxed and Unopened Azure Sphere MT3620

Boxed and Unopened Azure Sphere MT3620

Opened Azure Sphere MT3620

Opened Azure Sphere MT3620

The Azure Sphere MT3620

The Azure Sphere MT3620

Get it FREE here

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CTEK Car Battery Gadget Gizmo – CTEK CTX Battery Sense

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

On the subject of car gadget gizmos I’ve been using a CTEK CTX Battery Sense Car Battery monitor for just under 1 Year now.

Available from Amazon here

this little gizmo attaches to the car battery and sends voltage and temperature information on the battery health via Bluetooth to a smart phone. The temperature is of the engine bay, not the battery. It just so happens on the 1 September 2018, I changed the battery in my car to a new Silver Bosch support mega battery with a 5 year guarantee. So I was interested in it’s health.

CTEK CTX Battery Sense

CTEK CTX Battery Sense

 

It stores all the graphs on your smartphone, this was the first time the battery was connected from new, so only had 60% charge, and gradually charged to 100% over a few days, when driving the car.

History Graph

History Graph

CTEK iOS App

CTEK iOS App

 

History since January 2019

History since January 2019

 

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TPMS – Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Monday, July 29th, 2019

I purchase this Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems from Amazon. It only took a few minutes to install, it took longer to read the Chinese manual, written in Chinglish!

Initial installation

Initial installation of the “head up display” Solar Powered!

Sensor Caps which secure to tyre valve

Sensor Caps which secure to tyre valve (yes my wheels do need a clean!)

after a 30 mile drive to work!

after a 30 mile drive to work!

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All the parts have now arrived for my project! which is a …….

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

All the parts have now arrived for my project! which is a …….

Parts for my project

Parts for my project

The parts and where I purchased them from are as follows:- (UK, US and China!)

  1. Jetson Nano
  2. Samsung 64GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME64GA/AM)
  3. DC Gearbox Motor TT Motor 200RPM Tire Wheel DC 3-6V for Arduino Smart Car 1:48 Male Connector (Pack of 2 Sets)
  4. Motor Driver – DC Motor + Stepper FeatherWing Add-on For All Feather Boards
  5. 1″ Diameter Caster Ball (1 inch Diameter Solid Delrin Polyoxymethylene (POM) / Celcon Plastic Balls)
  6. 10,000mAh Power Bank Battery with two 5v/3A USB outputsemail me about this! (after discussions with the manufacturer Topstar, this battery is now available in the UK via Amazon UK and it fits)
  7. USB cable pack Type A to Micro, right angle
  8. PiOLED display – Adafruit PiOLED – 128×32 Monochrome OLED Add-on for Raspberry Pi
  9. PiOLEDheader
  10. 3D Printed Chassis
  11. 3D Printed Camera Mount
  12. 3D Printed Caster based
  13. 3D Printed Caster shroud
  14. Raspberry Pi Camera V2 Camera
  15. Camera lens attachment 160-degree FoV
  16. M2, Intel Wireless-AC 8265 Dual Band 2.4/5GHz WiFi card
  17. WiFi antenna with U.FL connectors (Antenna Wi-Fi 3.3dBi Gain 2483.5MHz/5850MHz Film) (two)
  18. Adafruit Skinny Wheel for TT DC Gearbox Motors [ADA3757] (two)
  19. 20 x Hexagonal M2 screws, 8mm self tapping.
  20. 4 x Hexagonal M3 bolt, 20mm long.
  21. 4 x Hexagonal M3 nut.
  22. 4 x 20cm jumper wires.
  23. Adhesive Pads.
  24. Hexagonal screwdrivers

to build a JETBOT

A Nvidia Jetson Jetbot (robot)

A Nvidia Jetson Jetbot (robot)

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Teaching Baxter to play Connect 4!

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Teaching Baxter to play Connect 4 at work today!

We have two Baxter robots are work, Baxter is a Collaborative Robots for Industrial Automation by Rethink Robotics

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Later that Snowy Day in February

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

snowy-day-later

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A Snowy Day in February

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

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To the Allotments and Back

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

A quick flight to the allotments and back…

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