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Home automation: power usage monitoring

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HardwareHouse Electricity Usage Measured via Phidgets & Nokia 770 is an interesting project. I wonder how one could make this project work with an old electromechanical power meter.
 
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The BUG - another open gadget running Linux

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HardwareIt seems gadgets that are open and run Linux are everywhere these days. The newest I have seen is called the BUG from Bug Labs. As they say it on the web site: "BUG is a collection of easy-to-use electronic modules that snap together to build any gadget you can imagine". Currently it lacks Wi-Fi, but it is promised for later this year. I couldn't find anything about battery life either. Also - the whole thing programs in Java.
 
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Beagleboard - low cost Linux dev platform

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HardwareThe Beagle Board "is an ultra-low cost, high performance, low power OMAP3 based platform designed by BeagleBoard.org community members and sold by Digi-Key". Linux Journal have a short review. There is info at the Google code beagleboard page. There is an Ångström demo image available.
 
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Arduino - control real world devices from your computer

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HardwareArduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. You can read more about Arduino on Wikipedia. It is quite cheap too. The description of the current version: Diecimila. There are even clones available, see Freeduino.
 
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Openmoko - Neo FreeRunner

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HardwareI've written about Openmoko before. Now there is a new phone in town: the Neo FreeRunner. According to Wikipedia: "the Neo FreeRunner, started shipping on June 24th, 2008". Nice!
 
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Openmoko - CAD files for handsets

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HardwareOpenmoko has released the CAD files for the handsets so that anyone now can download the files and design their own case for the handset. Well done, Openmoko!

More articles about openmoko on this site.

 
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old gear: Palm V

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HardwareToday I found a Palm V in working condition in a pile of junk. It runs Palm OS Software 3.3 and comes complete with cradle (serial connection), flip cover and stylus. It is currently sitting in its cradle recharging the battery. I'm wondering what use I can get out of it. With PalmRemote (shareware) it can be used as an infrared remote control, or I could install Linux (Palm Linux Environment) on it. It is possible to connect a Palm V to a FreeBSD machine, a Linux machine, and probably more. I could run OnBoard C or SmallBASIC on it (or does SmallBASIC require Palm OS 5?). If I wanted to control other machines from the Palm V, I could install PalmVNC on it. I wonder what else It could be used for?
 
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OpenPCD

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HardwareDo you need a RFID reader? Have a look at OpenPCD.org. And to complete your kit, check out the OpenMRTD.org, RFIDIOt, rfdump.org projects.
 
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AMD quad core - Phenom

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HardwareQuad core processors are the rage right now. AMDs new Phenom line is interesting, the line includes both dual, triple an quad core processors. Only a few of them are released yet. The article AMD Phenom 9500 Linux Performance from Phoronix tells you about performance and stability, the good, the bad and the rest.
 
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AlphaGrip - your next typing device?

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HardwareIs the AlphaGrip your next typing device? The current model is called the AG-5. What is it exactly? According to the FAQ at the website (AlphaGrips.com) the AG-5 is, at its core, a USB keyboard and mouse. It works with any operating system or device that supports standard usb keyboards and mice. The AG-5 generates all the characters of a standard keyboard except for Scroll Lock and SysRq. The downside is (of course) taht you will need to spend some time to learn touch typing with this device. And as most of the keys are on the underside (backside) of the device, you will need to do touch typing, because you can't see the keys. But the company claims it is easier to learn touch on the AG-5 than on a qwerty keyboard.
 
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