Plants. Without the Effort

Ilove gardening but I hate having to constantly water plants. For years, I’ve longed for vegetables that would just water themselves. As a technologist, I’ve often thought “this should be easy; just wire up a microcontroller, a pump and some sensors and make a self-watering plant system.” As a technologist, I also know that it… Continue reading Plants. Without the Effort

Connecting to the Real World

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at NYC Resistor making my own Arduino (technically a Freeduino) microcontroller.  Say what?  That basically means that I spent the day soldering together a bunch of pieces of electronics that let me connect my computer to the physical world. Here’s what the darn thing looks like: The best way to… Continue reading Connecting to the Real World