Power Practical USB Power Meter 

Using Power Practical USB Power Meter to measure the stepper motor power consumption as it moves... 5 blue bars = 5 Watts.


Testing outside in the snow. IOS & Android connecting to the SolarCue solar tracking and monitoring with RaspberryPi + WiFi + server.


Note, the 1 Watt at rest power consumption... parasitic power. Will be testing latching relay to prevent this use of power.

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SolSource Solar Cooking Chicken stock in pressure cooker 
Short video: vine.co/v/hgqZLuqHDwj


Here are some pictures from my sunny day of gardening and cooking a whole chicken in pressure cooker using the SolSource Solar Grill by the fine folks at One Earth Designs

Harvesting fresh veggies (carrots, celery root, shallots, chives, rosemarry, sage, tyme, parsley)






Whole chicken




Concentrated solar on bottom of pressure cooker


Generally you want dark, flat colored bottoms of pots and pans... pressure cooker had quite a bit of shine, but still worked great.




Never hit full pressure but boiled strong and long(2 hours) resulting in a nice chicken w/ stock!

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SolarCue Maker/Hacker Project 

Love this slide from Rasmus Lerdorf at OpenWest this year:
(Dreamer [ Hacker ) Coder]

And there was light! ... the addiction starts


Compass working!

Transistor crew showing a huge collection of controlers at OpenWest

Testing my Thermocouple.... yes, Dead!

Motor on Arduino

Stepper motor working on Raspberry Pi

Time to make things move! Lazy susan / turntable

Mounting Stepper

Cutting belt track on edge of turn table

Home made belt tensioners from screen door wheel and random hardware

First auto solar tracking meal, ribs! Set it and forget-it


Solar Oven Tracking System: SolarCue
Currently the system has:
- Linux Server on RaspberryPi
- Web and Sockets server on RasPi
- 2 WiFi dongles HotSpot + Internet
- Battery Powered / Solar Panel charging
- Compass
- 2 thermocouples Oven Temp and meat/water probe
- Stepper Motor forward and reverse
- Web app - monitor & control from Phone, tablet, PC....
- Data logging database on RaspberryPi
... more to come...
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Bryce Canyon Utah 

IPhone pics...



Holly and Vito Cocco enjoying the view

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Cocco Garden 

Over winter greens (spinach, kale, chard) waking up from under the snow!
I ordered seeds from the following and recommend:
Baker Creek
Territoral Seed Company
Franci - GrowItalian

Here are some of the colors of my 2012 harvest....









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