Up and Coming Projects

I have a number of projects on the back burner, I should have started them by now but I am in the process of moving home (an ongoing Saga), so most of my stuff are in box’s.

However, I would like to give you a taste of what eventually is to come.

Some of these are Kickstarter or Indiegogo crowdfunded projects, so I will also be giving out information on how well or not they went.

So in no particular order of when they will be started here is the list:

flotilla by Pimoroni

Flotilla is a range of smart, friendly, and affordable modules which you connect together to create amazing projects which sense and react to the world around them.

Powered by your Raspberry Pi
The first true plug and play hardware project kit
Go from absolute beginner to ninja-Maker

Onion Omega

Omega is an invention platform for the Internet of Things, it comes Wi-Fi-enabled and supports most of the popular languages such as Python & Node.JS.

Components are
Main processor Board - 400MHz, 64MB RAM, Flash 16Mb, Wireless 802.11, 18 GPIO ports
The Dock -  USB, Power supply, RGB LED
Arduino Shield Dock - Use your existing Arduino shields with Omega
Ethernet Expansion - Hard-wired Networking
Relay Expansion - Relay control
OLED Expansion -

Espruino Pico

Javascript on a USB Stick

The Roost Smart Battery

Replacement battery for your smoke alarm sends messages to your phone

Rocketbook Wave

Cloud-Ready Microwavable Notebook

moky - Invisible Touchpad Keyboard

Small Touch keyboard for multiple devices

My Workbench

A rundown of my Hardware working environment, tools, equipment, etc.

My Software Development set-up

My integrated, work-anywhere environment, Hardware & Software.

I will also be keeping up to date with any new and interesting Technology News, also, if you know or are involved with any interesting projects drop me an email.

Well, that’s enough for now, lots of other stuff in the pipeline, but hope this wets your appetite.

February 6, 2016

Welcome to The Amateur Technologist

I have prevaricated long enough, so I have decided 2016 is the year to start my own blog.

Why now?

I use both Twitter and Facebook but have never been truly happy with them, Twitter is great for following interesting people and making short here and now statements but it is difficult to make a valid point in 140 characters.

Facebook is great for keeping up to date with family and friends but it’s too noisy and as a serious blogging medium it sucks.

Then you have the Elephant in the room” with all these social media platforms, they make money from your information (your data) they sell it, analyse it, then bombard you with stuff they think you want, and even worse if they go bust all that data you have input can be lost forever, it has happened before and no doubt will again.

So I hear you asking What can we do instead”?

Over that last few years, there has been a movement slowly gathering pace and increasing in numbers, it is called the Indieweb and it is a way of setting up your own web platform.

The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the corporate web’. It is a way of posting your blog, photo’s, video’s, sound clips, in fact, anything that can be done on the popular social media sites on your own site, and if you want you can also syndicate these posts to the social media silo’s (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.)

The important thing is that since the data originates on your site you are in control You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you. In addition, you share simple readable links such as example.com/ideas. These links are permanent and will always work.

There are a number of ways you can set-up your own site, and I will be covering them in this blog, so keep watching.

The blog will also be covering my various tinkering’s with different technologies, I have always been a dabbler in technology, from an early age (back in the 1950’s building my first Crystal Set radio) to today (hacking the latest electronic gizmos).

So I hope you will join me on my various journeys into amateur technology.


February 1, 2016