Go Nano Go! May 27, 2006Posted by gabeg in Uncategorized.
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Apple just introduced Nike+iPod this week. What a great addition, I could not wait for a heart rate monitor to show up on the Nano! Are you listening Polar? A Bluetooth adapter is already on the way – Bluna. It really makes the iPod the next big integration platform after the PC or Mac. I wonder when will be the Nano plugins daisy chainable – but wait, Bluetooth is better for that. So let's sit tight, listen for the rumors and wait for the Bluetooth iPod.
DIY Zoning Day Today May 20, 2006Posted by gabeg in Uncategorized.
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I decided to document my efforts and progress on making a DIY-zoning project in my house. The motivation clearly came with the note in the utility bill last month – Delmarwa Power announced the 59% rate increase. After hitting the best ever $400 record bill in February I thought if I make this house more efficient I can save an iPod worth of money every month.
Then I found the DIY-Zoning project with the promise of efficiency and DIY fun. I ordered some CAT5 jacks and wall plates from MCM Electronics and DS18S20 sensors from Maxim to build the sensor network on the unused 2 pairs of phone wiring. The builder installed CAT3 cabling in a bus topology 9 years ago, I connected the unused chunks all together and made them accessible on a second jack everywhere a phone jack was installed. It's all done now, it took a lot of 3M Scotchlok connectors.
The next thing will be to place the temperature sensors and collect some baseline data before the register servos come in…