Cheerlights

Cheerlights
Connected lighting The Cheerlights is a fun and innovative idea of connecting lighting equipments to the Internet and allow people to control it by Tweeting the color of the light. It understands a basic set of colors such as red, green, blue, cyna, warmwhite, etc.. A sample tweet will be something like: Turn #cheerlights to Blue ...

Connecting a kitchen scale (part 1)

Connecting a kitchen scale (part 1)
This is the part one attempt to make a €2.5 kitchen scale connect to the cloud. Part 1 is aimed to hack a cheapo kitchen scale so that we can get the weight readings from a Spark Core. Part 2 will be to connect it to the Internet so that the readings can be push to a smart device, or ...

Why the back ends?

While talking with a colleague on a UX training program to be given to the internal staffs, a question was raised: why the backend? What has the backend, specifically the middle-ware to do with UX? I told her, the answer is simple, the data presented and accepted by the middleware will affect how information can ...

Automatic water pump

Automatic water pump
While the Water Alarm built a few days ago was still working great, having to remove the accumulated water frequently is still not a pleasurable task. Therefore, I decided to automate the work by automatically pumping the water away form the small container to a bigger bucket. The Water Pump Quickly found a €4 12V mini ...

Connected thermometer

Connected thermometer
Thingspeak is a very interesting site. It collects (and display) a lot of data from different sensors, contributed (of course) by end users. It is interesting to see what it is like to connect a just built thermometer using a Spark Core and a TMP36 temperature sensor to Thingspeak. Currently, it is measuring the temperature ...

Water level alarm

Water level alarm
The water outlet for the air conditioner was broken recently. The water get nowhere to go so we have to collect it in a tin bucket and empty it regularly to avoid overflow.  An egg timer was tried and it is kind of annoying since the time for the water to collect to a certain level was not ...