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Aug 16, 2015 - 1 minute read - Hardware LUG

Windows 10 IOT core, who/what is it for?

Windows 10 IOT core (internet of things), who/what is it for? I bought the latest Raspberry Pi to try Windows 10 IOT core, and wrote about it here:- http://blackpoollug.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/meeting-11th-july-2015-pi-windows-10.html I was disappointed to say the least. The following post on Hackaday concludes that Windows 10 IOT is not for makers/hackers. http://hackaday.com/2015/08/13/raspberry-pi-and-windows-10-iot-core-a-huge-letdown/ While Windows 10 IoT Core is great for any company that has a lot of Visual Basic and other engineering debt, it’s not meant for hackers, makers, or anyone building something new” _ _ Windows 10 IoT Core is a beginning, and should be viewed as such.

Aug 15, 2015 - 2 minute read - LUG Makerspace meetings

Meeting - 15th August 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Martin and Tom. Basement space update: Work on the rainwater recycling system has started with the installation of a header tank in the loft. Rainwater will be collected in a tank at ground level, and pumped to the tank in the loft. The loft tank has two feeds and two control systems. A feed from the water main is controlled by a ball cock system, which keeps the tank half full.

Aug 1, 2015 - 1 minute read - Makerspace

Meeting 1st August - Karman filters, robots, programming, rainwater re-use.

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky, Les, Tony, Arthur, Martin, and Cliff. Arthur is still pursuing the perfect robot, and continued his discussion with Martin about cleaning up signals using filters, specifically, the Kalman filter. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalman_filter “Kalman filters also are one of the main topics in the field of robotic motion planning and control,” This link was suggested as a useful resource on control systems. https://www.youtube.com/user/ControlLectures By the end of the morning, Arthur started to consider that the mathematics might be too involved for him to fully understand.

Jul 25, 2015 - 1 minute read - LUG Makerspace meetings

Meeting 25th July 2015

Attending: Mike Hull, Mike Hewitt, Ricky, Martin, Les, Jeff and Arthur. Basement space update 15mm copper pipework going into the shower/toilet/washroom before the walls are boarded up. The Breezeblocks have arrived, these will be used to provide a solid foundation for the shower base to sit on, while also raising the shower base enough to allow room for the waste pipe plumbing underneath. Mike and Jeff inspecting the pipework inside the framework of the shower room.

Jul 19, 2015 - 2 minute read - Hardware sbc

ESP8266 WIFI Serial Dev Kit Development Board

These development boards sidestep some of the problems encountered when using a bare esp8266. Battery powered with an onboard voltage regulator, just put batteries in the holder and you are ready to start programming it. Add the esp8266 development board to the Arduino IDE using the board manager, and you can then use an Arduino to program the blink sketch into the esp8266 board. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/201345364308?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&rlsatarget=&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108 If you hit this problem with the firmware updating software The firmware updating software only works on COM ports 1-6.

Jul 15, 2015 - 2 minute read - meetings

Meeting 11th July 2015 - Pi, windows 10, rtos

Basement space update. Mike and Arthur stood in the area which will become the toilet/shower/washroom, the framework for the walls already in place. Various projects ongoing in the temporary space (Mikes dining room) Arthur has started using the Raspberry Pi for one of his robot projects and wants precise motor (real-time?) control for the walking motion, but the Raspberry Pi does not support real time operations when it is running raspbian.