tonight at the IoT meetup in berlin, i presented the orchidarium, a co-project built over the last couple of years by skytee and i. the orchidarium is a Wardian case for the modern nerd home.
here are the slides for the talk: orchidarium slides [pdf]
it’s been purring away at home for about 1.5 years now, keeping the orchids alive when we travel or get super busy. here are the quick facts:
– beagle bone with debian, first smart device with IPv6 in our home
– usb controllable power strip Energenie EG-PMS (unfortunately i’ve only found these for 220v so far)
– code here: https://github.com/skytee/orchidarium
– light, fan, and ultrasonic mister control happens in a crontab
– webapp for local control when on the LAN with the orchidarium, includes override functions and daily sensors in a graph
– pictured below: the custom water resistant sensor box for the orchidarium includes light, humidity and temperature:
– pictured below: the beagle bone running debian with IPv6 in a custom laser cut enclosure:
– pictured below: the orchidarium’s usb programmable powerstrip, an Energenie EG-PMS:
In April here in Berlin, I threw a little textile art show and event with talks and workshops called technical textiles. Thanks to everyone who shared art for the show, threw workshops, and came by and saw some examples of modern uses of older knitting machines and computer scripted hand embroidery. Pictured here below is the gallery show during Martin Schneider’s Turtlecraft Embroidery Workshop.
For the show I managed to finish two new pieces with scripted images from algorithmic based seashell generative designs. The first was an orange and blue stole, Cymbiola Vespertilio 00, and the second a black and white stole, Cymbiola Vespertilio 01. The name Cymbiola Vespertilio refers to the mollusk’s shell that is modeled with the software algorithm, the mollusk is also known as the bat volute. The two stoles are pictured here below hanging in the technical textiles show at etib here in Berlin alongside a knit portrait by Veronika Persché.
On June 19th, 2013 I gave a talk at the Humboldt Universität here in Berlin on Knitting machine hacking, in English. You can watch a video of the talk and a hands-on demo with my hacked KH930 knitting machine here on youtube. A video piece about me also about knitting machine hacking (and the orchidarium, now with released source code) appeared in German on Elektrischer Reporter on June 27th, 2013, on the ZDF Info tv channel; the online video is here.