Internet Connected Photo Printer - Introduction

I've had an idea for a while now about building an internet connected photo printer that automatically prints photos for me at home as a when I take them on my phone. I had originally thought about getting hold of a Polaroid Zip that would print Instant photos. However from…

MQTT enabled Emergency Button

A few years ago, I saw that you can buy these rather cool looking "Emergency Stop" buttons off the internet. It was one of those purchases you make before actually working out what you want to do with it, but at just a few quid it was hard to say…

Building an IoT device (Internet of Tea)

Being British, I'm not ashamed to admit that I have a (completely healthy) obsession with Tea. It's probably not too much of a surprise then that one of the first things that I decided to hook up to the internet was my Kettle. Using some off the shelf parts, a…

Monitoring houseplants with MQTT and the ESP8266

About six months ago I was able to change my role at the company that I work for. Whilst still being a software developer, I'm very lucky to now be working on something that I've been interested in for a long time. I'm now a developer for the Open Source…

The Monty Hall problem in python

The Monty Hall problem has annoyed me for a while. Not that I didn't understand it, the wiki page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MontyHallproblem) is quite extensive and explains it quite nicely, the problem is that I could never truely believe that by switching door, your chances of winning…

Using the PiGlow with Node-Red

My house mate is currently waiting to get his delivery of his new Raspberry Pi B+ and PiGlow, and as we were discussing this I thought it would be interesting to see if I could control a PiGlow using Node-Red. Installing the PiGlow node module sudo npm install piglow This…

Framing the Raspberry Pi

A while back, I purchased a Pimoroni Pibow case for my raspberry pi as well as a Piglow and a Pihub (That’s a lot of Pi!). The first thing I thought was how awesome it all looked, especially the raspberry pi in it’s rainbow acrylic enclosure. The only…