Upgrading to a Pi 4 with SSD

Mike has decided to upgrade his InfluxDb and Grafana server from the Pi 3B+ to a new Pi 4 with 4Gb of RAM. To speed things up even further, he purchased an M2 NVMe SSD card to boot the OS from and make the speedy Pi 4 even faster. The SSD is a WD Blue…

ESP8266 Sensor Node

Mike has recently been adding some more sensors to his sensor network around the house. To add to the Weather Station sensors that are out in the garden, plus the Environmental Monitoring Station sensors and CO2 sensor node, a BME280 temperature and humidity sensor node has been added to the network. Data from this sensor…

Making an Arduino based Simon Game

So we decided at |Medway Makers to do a little collaborative project and to do a workshop on building and coding a ‘Simon’ game. This was mainly born out of a complaint from Tom that he had bought a mini Simon Game and that it was not the same game he remembered as a kid….

Meetup and Neopixel Workshop – Sunday 28th July

Our next meetup is Sunday 28th July. I shall be running a small workshop on how to use Neopixels and how to write code to control them using the Arduino or Raspberry Pi. We are a group of creative technologists that meet every 2-3 weeks on a Sunday between 11am and 5pm for a general…

Beautiful Custom Wooden Knife Handle Build

In a departure from our usual electronics based builds, Tom Sparrow has been experimenting with making some beautiful wooden handles for gardening knives. Tom says….. I started by drawing some designs on paper first, then making a model of the knife out of wood as I wanted to make sure it was comfortable for me…

Giant RGB LED Display + ESP8266

I’ve been working on a giant RGB LED Display recently. The video above shows you some test animations running through the display. Currently the display is 25 x 17 in size and will be expanded to be 25 x 25 LEDs in total. The display is made up of WS2812 Neopixel strips powered by a…

Air Quality Monitoring Station

I’ve started a new project recently to build an air quality monitoring station. This really came about after me being curious as to how bad the air quality was during my daily commute into London. There are parts of that commute where I can literally taste the car fumes and so was curious exactly how…

Minecraft Ore Lamp

So we started a little fun project recently to make some RGB Mood Lamps. We chose a Minecraft Ore block as the basis for the lamp itself. I found the STL files to 3D Print the block on Thingiverse. A few were printed out using black filament and several were done in matt grey. The…

Terrarium Fusion

We had a very interesting meetup on Sunday 27th January. For a change, we did something different and instead of electronics, for the first half of the session we built some terrariums. Tom turned up with a beautiful green recycled glass bottle he had just won on eBay as well as boxes and buckets of…