Author Archives: Gaz99

Controlling the Maplin Robot Arm with Scratch V2 Offline on Microsoft Windows 10

In a complete departure from my previous posts, and as a result of buying one of these Arms for my kids for Christmas I thought I would write-up what I have done with it. This is the Maplin Robot Arm  … Continue reading

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Monitoring Room Temperatures with Moteino’s and Raspberry Pi

Read about my latest use of Pi and Arduino Here.  and you can also produce data like this: .

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Home Energy Centre using Raspberry Pi and Nook Simple Touch

Introduction Following on from using a Raspberry Pi to capture the electricity consumption of my home, I have over the last 2 years installed Solar Thermal Hot Water panels and very recently Solar PV.  This meant that I had an … Continue reading

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Home Energy Console on Nook Simple Touch

Teaser for my next blog update, this is what I have been working on, all powered by the wonderful Raspberry Pi (c) !

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What does Ironing look like?

As an example,  below is a graph of the electrical consumption of an iron.  You can clearly see the spikes and drops of consumption as the element of the iron switches on and off to heat itself.  The on-off switching … Continue reading

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Monitoring Home Electricity Consumption with a Raspberry Pi – part 2

1. What you need A Raspberry Pi A Current Cost Meter A RJ45 to USB converter cable 2. Setting Up the Raspberry Pi Install the latest version of the Rasbian image onto a suitable SD card, insert into the Pi, … Continue reading

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Monitoring Home Electricity Consumption with a Raspberry Pi – part 1

Preamble A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be given a Current Cost Energy Meter like the one in the photos below.  This type of device comes with a Hall Effect Sensor which goes around the Live … Continue reading

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