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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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Google Glass Side Effects, Opti-Grab v.2? 

Inventor Naven R. Johnson later version of Opti-grab


The "new' Google Glass


The moment of invention


Let's not forget the side effects!

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Google Project Glass Explorer (Testing group) group and Steve Martin fan club. The opinions expressed in this post are not necessarily the views of anyone, including myself.
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Google Glass Glasses Specifications (Guessifications) 
Below are some notes from Google Hangouts today with Google "explorers" (alpha developers) group and Glass team. Now that I have a better idea of specs... so many cool optons to hack!:

Specs In the Glasses:
- Gyro & Accelerometer
- Bluetooth, WiFi, No cellular
- Can pair with Android device
- Microphone
- Audio yes, not in ear (by design, freedom of body)
- Track pad on side of glasses
- Camera w/ Video
- HUD simular to looking at TV across the room. (focal point is not 2 inch from face)

Two tracks of Development:
- Cloud Based API: Push message to glass and user can respond to cloud services.
- Flash Hardware: Low level programming. Glasses have simular hardware to say Samsung phone (minus cell)

Software that may be installed:
- Google maps, navigation
- Speech recognition
- Google Search
- Live stream video and photo have been demoed before

Rumor:
- Sergey is using the $1,500 Glass fee to actually fly all explorers to Mountain View for a Glass hackathon, rumor v2 with option to sky dive onto campus.
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Google I/O 2012 - Cloud Platform & Big Data 
Great experience at Google I/O 2012!
Google rolled out some hot new tools and talks regarding Cloud platform, here are some I enjoyed:

Google Compute Engine (IaaS):
Urs Hölzle live demo of 771k core cluster and genome map, wow!

Live build of Hadoop cluster on Compute Engine by Evan Anderson

ETL into Google BigQuery Building Data Pipelines at Google Scale by Michael Manoochehri

Good talk Big Data: Turning Your Data Problem Into a Competitive Advantage ...but no video? they demoed a couple of Bi tools built on Big Query ... Bime analytics looks nice.. but did not cover ETL?

Too many cool sessions not enough time, just starting to watch sessions I missed at conference....
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Google I/O Road Trip Pictures 

Arrive Petaluma CA, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Bank 1,200+ seed varieties!

Oysters grilling with the Claytons at Dillon Beach... yum!

Heading into SF, CA on Gold Gate bridge

Google Glass (Glasses) ... mine are on order :) ... $1,500 :(

Paul Oakenfold after party, good, not great, videoed by everyone in crowd

Startup talk with Kevin Rose

CrowdFlower office, Mission district

Chris Van Pelt co-founder & Chief Awesomeness Officer (on business card, nice!)

Royal Robbins's Wine Cafe Camp 4


Post conference with the Yob's... Passing BIG boat on small boat

Heading home on the salt flats ... Tree of life
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