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Google Glass - so much potential but still so very far away

A few weeks ago Google officially launched Glass in the UK and to coincide with this they held a 2 day event for people to come and try out Glass. The event was held in Camden in London in a lovely ar...

Mini LCD Adapter Backpack

Over the past month I have been working on a simple I2C adapter for the common Hitachi LCD displays. These adapters are already widely available but only for displays with a single row of pins and I h...

Internet of Things - Serial to Ethernet Adapter

I have been working on a number of projects recently which would all require an internet connection either for fetching data or uploading data, in other words the Internet of Things! One of the easie...

Laravel Forge - first impressions

On Monday Taylor Otwell launched Laravel Forge, Forge is a service which manages hosting services such as Amazon EC2 and Rackspace servers. I have played around with Amazon's services and considered...

Tennis Balls and LED's - Increasing user engagement

Recently I have been doing some freelance web development work for a local search marketing company called Propellernet, they are a great local company which really value their staff. One of the thing...

Build Brighton - I am a trustee!

A couple of weeks ago the members of Build Brighton the local hackspace voted for a new set of trustees. I put my name forward after a poor turnout of candidates prompted the existing team to reach ou...

Shenzhen Electronic Markets

Its been 3 weeks since I got back from China and I wanted to write a quick post about my my trip. I started off in Hong Kong where I spent 3 days exploring parts of the city and taking in as much as I...

Home Automation - Is anyone home?

I have been interested in the idea of home automation for some time, I think most of us like the idea of things turning on or off as needed so that everything is ready when we want. The closest I have...

Heading East

At the end of March I will be heading to China, specifically Hong Kong and Shenzhen for a little over a week. A few months ago I came to the decision that this year I would go to Shenzhen to checkout...

Laser Engraver / Cutter build log - part 1

After a week of experimenting I have made some decisions with my laser engraver but I still have a lot left to decide. I am going to publish regular video updates for this project, the first of which...