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Hanselminutes on 9 - Gadget Basement with Ward Cunningham

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Scott stopped by Ward Cunningham (you know, the guy who invented the Wiki. Yes, that Ward Cunningham) to hang out, and discovered Ward's treasure trove of electronics, software, soldering guns and web accessible sensor arrays that run 24/7/365. Ever wish you had a real cool uncle that didn't take you fishing, but instead showed you how to create your own multi-processor computer with $2 chips off the shelf? Let's step into Uncle Ward's basement.


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  • A commercial product which collected all this sensor data for a home security system would be awesome. A natural role for home server. A person with a protection order could monitor for the entry of the evil doer into their space. Or a surveillance system in your garden which would detect the presence of dear and do whatever it takes to keep them from eating your vegetables.

    On the personal measurement front, are there detectors that can hear heart beats and respiration in the vicinity? No doubt you can measure weight when a person steps on a door mat that contains pressure sensors. An ultimate nerd moment would be when your sound detection and analysis system sends an alert to the server warning that the person at a specific location is suffering from congestive heart failure.



  • Pete BrownPsychlist19​72 Pete Brown (I have more than one machine that goes "ping!")

    I soooo want to do some of this at my house. I've wanted to set up an array of temperature sensors myself both external and in each room.

    I didn't catch. Were all those sensors hard-wired from the windows to the board?

  • Pete BrownPsychlist19​72 Pete Brown (I have more than one machine that goes "ping!")

    @SteveRichter: The test suite for the heart failure monitor is rough on the participants Wink

  • Eventually I'd like to try to do something with with temperature outside the house.  It would have to be wireless though.

  • uncledjuncledj

    God, he used Apple Max OS, not MicroSoft OS

  • Can we get a component list and maybe a schematic? This would be kinda fun to play with at home.

  • That was really cool, and stirs the curiousity. Checked out http://netduino.com/ looks cool

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