Ken Boak from the Nanode team and Vic Aprea of Wicked Device have been at Open Hardware Summit 2011 in the New York Hall of Science for one of the biggest Maker Faires in America.
Invitation: Pachube/Nanode evening at London Hackspace, Thursday 1 Sept
After months of exciting progress and more than a handful of remarkable milestones Nanode is coming home: Ken Boak, the creator of this low-cost Internet-enabled microcontroller will visit the London Hackspace next week on Thursday 1 Sept, and with him Usman Haque and Ed Borden of Pachube, to talk about the Internet of Things and the Nanode project.
This is a good opportunity to catch up on their respective progress (lots of recent news on all sides: Nanode Applications weekend, OggCamp, …), a great chance for beginners to get familiar with both projects, and just generally a chance to hang out with the Nanode community.
Everyone’s invited, please spread the word!
Is anyone interested in showing off their Nanode or Pachube projects? Get in touch with Ken or myself, or just bring it along on the night.
Nanode & Pachube at the London Hackspace With Usman Haque and Ken Boak Thursday 1 Sept 2011 (starts around 8pm)
Pachube (pronounced “PATCH-bay”) is a London-based on-line database service provider allowing developers to connect sensor data to the Web and to build their own applications on it. It was created in 2007 by architect Usman Haque. Following the nuclear accidents in Japan in 2011, Pachube was used by volunteers to interlink Geiger counters across the country to monitor the fallout.
Nanode is an open source Arduino-like board that has in-built web connectivity, designed by Ken Boak in late 2010. It is a low cost platform for creative development of web connected ideas. The first boards were produced for the London Hackspace in early 2011, and by mid-2011 more than 500 boards have been sold worldwide. Nanode boards can easily be soldered by absolute beginners in electronics.
London Hackspace Units 23 & 24, Cremer Business Centre 37 Cremer Street London E2 8HD
- Pachube remains a major supporter of the Nanode, they’re sponsoring events and in the US Nanodes are bundled with Pachube accounts.
- In July Pachube announced that they were acquired by LogMeIn
- Among other things Pachube are working on new immersive ways of displaying sensor data
- Pachube user Marian Steinbach set up real-time Pachube feeds for 1,750 radiation data sensors in Germany
The Nanode Applications Weekend was a great success. Some reports and videos are here:
- OEM Blog: Nanode Applications Weekend
- Sustburbia Blog: Nanode Applications Weekend and Gas
- Video from Nanode Applications Weekend
- The Nanode was also represented at OggCamp, where Ken Boak presented a review of the project so far looking forward to hear more about this.
- Lots of Nanode documentation updates
- Andrew Lindsay is working hard on the Nanode software: an updated TCP stack, an updated bootloader, remote code upload, a RESTduino Nanode port and blog post about RESTduino Nanode port
- Stephen Early started working on new uIP network stack, which among other things will support three concurrent TCP connections. Details at: https://github.com/sde1000/NanodeUIP
- Guenther Hoelzl started an IPv6 implementation based on uIP
- Bitlash author Bill Roy is now working on a Nanode-specific release with networking support. Bitlash is an interpreted language for Arduino-style microcontrollers.
- Amran Anjum is refining RESTbitlash, a BitLash version with REST interface.
- And finally Ken Boak announces that production of Nanode 5 will continue throughout the Autumn, with 500 new boards signed off in Shenzhen on 25/08/11. He is starting work on the Nanode Backpack (a new name for a Nanode Shield) and Nanode 6 with a bigger focus on wireless connectivity and plug and play user-friendliness… I’m very curious.
The one thing I like about Nanode is that it gets you out of the house. A chance Tweet from Oleg Lavrosky from OxHack, suggesting that I join them in Oxford on Sunday seemed a much better option than messing about in the garden. Having packed my “hack-pack”, grabbed my laptop, I bundled them into the Golf and set off around the M25 and up the M40 to meet up with Oleg and his friends in Cowley. The irony was, that driving 75 miles to Oxford on a sunny Sunday morning is actually quicker and a lot less stressful than trying to cover the 20 miles from my house to the London Hackspace in Shoreditch by public transport. I arrived in Cowley after an hour and a quarter, but for a variety of reasons, none especially important at this moment, it was about 4 hours before the hacking began in earnest. By 2pm we were fed and watered at the fantastic Atomic Burger restaurant in the Cowley Road, I even managed to trade a couple of JeeNodes bare boards in exchange for my lunch, with Oleg’s Hacker Pal, Ben. We then headed around the corner to the offices of “White October” – a web design house with co-working space for startups. Oleg was joined by half a dozen friends and fellow hackers, so I put the LCD projector together on a suitable stand and offered to run through the Nanode presentation, I had prepare for the Pachube Hackathon – about 5 weeks earlier.
So instead of spending the day on Nanode documentation and in the garden, I was out promoting Nanode to one of the “up and coming” hackspaces.