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May 2013 - Circuit Crush

Month: May 2013

Farm Geeks: Learning to Love the Circuit Board

Farmers from all over are learning that inexpensive micro controllers and sensors can monitor weather data, control greenhouses and irrigation systems, and nutrient levels in hydroponics / aquaponics systems. Learn more about these new technologies at http://modernfarmer.com/2013/05/farm-geeks-learning-to-love-the-circuit-board/ Update: I’ve been getting requests for the Ammonia, DO and pH sensors. See: pH – https://amzn.to/2khHrLM – http://code.google.com/p/phduino/ Temperature – https://amzn.to/2khlQ6d …

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Radio Shack Partners With Maker Media (Maker Faire/Make Magazine)

RadioShack extended its partnership with Maker Media, which will expand its Do it Yourself product base. Notably, Maker Media is an existing DIY partner of RadioShack. The collaboration between the two will add to Maker Media’s existing line of DIY products within RSH’s fold, which include popular kits like ‘Getting Started with Arduino’. The new …

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Internet of food: Arduino-based, urban aquaponics in Oakland

The land in West Oakland where Eric Maundu is trying to farm is covered with freeways, roads, light rail and parking lots so there’s not much arable land and the soil is contaminated. So Maundu doesn’t use soil. Instead he’s growing plants using fish and circulating water. It’s called aquaponics- a gardening system that combines …

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Metal Construction Sets for Robotics or Project Assembly

When I was a kid, I used to make cranes, bridges,  and other devices with Erector Sets. Alas, my childhood Erector company is long gone, but a French company called Meccano produces their products in the US under the Erector name. It’s not quite the same stuff, and actually is better in my opinion, but …

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