I roll pretty hard when I put together a build. Mostly, it’s that I don’t screw around, I find a challenge, and then I beat it into submission. Unless, of course, I don’t, in which case I sulk off and go back to trolling Facebook or Reddit. But that hardly ever happens, yo.
Take for instance the Goat Webcam project. As soon as I knew I was going to do this, I checked out the Raspberry Pi wifi adapter listing and tried finding something that would be able to do dual-band networking on 802.11n. It’s not that I need (or that the RPi can support) 300Mbps throughput, because I seriously doubt this little board could sustain that kind of beating. Realistically, this is more about being able to play in the 5GHz radio spectrum, with the ability to stream something at about 4-5Mbps wirelessly without being completely hosed by everything else that crowds the 2.4GHz band (for instance, the neighbor’s 2.4GHz WiFi access point with the SSID “F*ck Off”, except without the *). Read the rest of this entry »
Oh yes, I think this will do very nicely:
I decided to create an on air light to indicate when we’re broadcasting. While I could have just wired a switch to a light fixture, I wanted to take the idea a step further. Using Ustream’s API, I set up our on air light to turn on automatically when we start broadcasting. This project was just for fun, but learning how to use the XBee Internet Gateway to get the Arduino online wirelessly will come in very handy for future projects.
As some readers may know, I have an alter ego producing and hosting a wine industry talk show that airs on terrestrial radio as well as podcast to the Internet. As part of the evolution we have something of a ghetto USTREAM.tv setup to allow the curious to watch as we tape our episodes (tape on Wednesday, air on Friday). Since we do use the USTREAM thing, having a beacon like this to let us know that the stream is live (and that we should behave ourselves) would be mighty handy.
So I’m putting this one on the list of show projects, to make our production that much better. I do actually have some other show projects, including:
I’m sure that list is really just getting started.