Howdy partners. This week we're covering some of my curious fascinations, favorite gadgets that I use daily, and other oddities. The bad weather's finally taken a break for the year, plants are growing, and kids are once again out destroying mailboxes with baseball bats. Let's dive in.
Ever wonder what’s in the air that you’re breathing? I did, so I went out and bought myself an Air Quality Egg (AQE). Out of the box, the AQE measures NO2, CO, humidity, and temperature levels. The data is offloaded and stored onto a free data warehousing service called Xively.
So what have I learned so far? Well, for one, the NO2 levels near my house are significantly worse than the national average. And that’s not uncommon for Chicagoland. Time to get the tinfoil hat out.
I’ve been working for the past several weeks on an in-depth analysis of beer data; basically, a beer recommendation engine. This is an extension of an older project I did that took a shallower look at some of the same numbers, but now uses other data sources joined in to take a more scientific look at the problem.
If you have Tableau, you can begin exploring the project right now. Or, if you can wait a few weeks, there’ll be a D3 visualization up for you to take advantage of.
From Reddit: The region that you live in has a lot to do with what you drink. Ever wonder what beers people are checking in on Untappd?
I’m not a utility belt kind of guy, but I do carry around a fairly nice assortment of tools in my pockets when I go out. Here’s a collection of the cool, high-quality stuff that I’ve got with me on a daily basis
What can I say? I’m an analog guy in a digital world. For all of my sketches, notes, and grocery lists I carry a Moleskine around to offload my brain.
They say the Americans spent a million dollars developing a pen that would work in outer space, and the Russians just used pencils. I don’t know whether that’s true or not, but this pen compacts to fit nicely in my pocket, then folds out to a larger tool when I need it.
Tomorrow! Tuesday, April 6th. We’re building out a custom sensor array that will feed its data into a centralized dashboard. Immediate projects include temperature and light sensors, as well as simple detection for doors being open and closed.
Thursday, April 16th at 7pm. This year we have over 50,000 sq/ft of space available at the Local 597 Training Center for August 22nd. Come on out and help us brainstorm exhibitors, speakers, and more!
Saturday, April 18th at Forest Park Library. Learn how 3-D printers work and produce small objects! Jay Margalus from the maker lab SpaceLab will introduce attendees to the wonderful world of 3-D printing!
Friday, April 24th at 7pm. I’ve picked up an Oculus Rift 2 Devkit, and wanted to test it out with some fellow SpaceLabbers. This is a SpaceLab members only event.