Offline communications in 2018

Disclaimer – this is just some notes to help organise my thoughts. It might be of interest to someone, but it’s not a ‘proper’ blog entry. I’m particularly interested in a peer-to-peer mesh as a network for SSB messages: a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform https://www.manyver.se https://github.com/staltz/manyverse https://www.scuttlebutt.nz https://github.com/ssbc https://github.com/ssbc/stack-diagram It works, with a sufficient density of Read more about Offline communications in 2018[…]

Edyn

Last year I brought a Edyn smart garden thing. It was closed source, but solar and shiny. It had a pretty web interface. Then the company went bankrupt Sorry I’ve been informed they are not bankrupt. They’ve just taken their API, and website offline and ceased responding in a timely way to customer service enquires. So Read more about Edyn[…]

£300 refugee infrastructure package

What are the bare minimum requirements for a refugee situation? 6 x 15mm 8×4 panels = £180 ThermHex £20 20m of flashing tape From which you can build a Octayurt Infrastructure Package £22 1 Wood Gasification Stove (burns wood for cooking, 3x more efficient than clay stoves) £20 2x LED Flashlights (energy efficient area lighting) Read more about £300 refugee infrastructure package[…]

A good life for all within planetary boundaries #OnePlanet

Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical planetary processes. Physical needs such as nutrition, sanitation, access to electricity and the elimination of extreme poverty could likely be met for all people without transgressing planetary boundaries. More   Ecological Footprinting analysis shows Read more about A good life for all within planetary boundaries #OnePlanet[…]

Robotic harvesting for Vertical Aquaponics

Been thinking about what it is that makes robot harvesting difficult. Part of the problem is picking up the cut leaves. By growing vertically that harvesting could be easier, using a relatively cheap robot arm with scissors and a bucket (above from Micropede) You’d need to move the arm around, possibly using Tslot as rails Read more about Robotic harvesting for Vertical Aquaponics[…]

Visual Fish analysis in Aquaponics

Thinking about the ARK and how fish behaviour could be monitored. There already exists a temperature compensating feeder from Aquaponics lab. What would it look like to factor in the fish behaviour into a feeding regime? So if fish were observed using an underwater USB camera & A Pi what analysis could you run? Some useful tools Read more about Visual Fish analysis in Aquaponics[…]

Aquaponics Research Kit (ARK)

What it is: A standardised and Open Source Aquaponics system Suitable for temperate climates. Affordable but capable of producing useful food Basic Kit £400 parts target (Ballpark £600 shipped cost) Well insulated single IBC system with media grow bed above tank Dual Airlift pump < £30 ESP Temp & EC sensor Transparent Polycarbonate inner cover Read more about Aquaponics Research Kit (ARK)[…]