Achievement Unlocked: Got Useless Device

One of the things that I picked up at emf was a Useless Device kit from MSRaynsford. I’ve always wanted one. I spent a little while building it and it works really well. You turn it on, and it turns itslef off. The instructions and design are first class. Great fun and a nice little build project. Read more →

Robocode Challenge

During induction week this year I put together a lab activity based around Robocode ( The students were introduced to it on Wednesday afternoon and had lab slots during Thursday to further refine their creations. Today we got to find out how they all did in an epic showdown. Read more →

Hull Pixelbot at the Digital Awards

Hull Pixelbot finalist in two categories. Yay! Hmm. Three blog posts in one day. What an interesting life I lead….Anyhoo, today it was time to put on my best smart casual wear and head for the Bonus Arena for the finals of the Digital Awards. This was all rather exciting. Firstly because the Hull Pixelbot is a finalist in two of the competition strands, secondly because I really fancied having a l… Read more →

Humber Care Tech Challenge

On the 6th and 7th of September, fellow HullCSS member Dan and I travelled to Bridlington for the first Humber Care Tech Challenge. The event was hosted and sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the University of Hull, Amazon, C4DI and the One Point, presenting us the challenge to come up with a technology […] The post Humber Care Tech Challenge appeared first on Harry Gwinnell. Read more →

Build another LoRa Node in a Day

Everyone looking happy at the start In July we held a “Build a LoRa node” workshop at c4di. It was great fun for us, and those who took part. Today we did it again. I turned up, fresh from my media appearance and helped Robin set things up. As before, the aim was to get attendees to build a working LoRa node and finish up with a device sending environmental data to the cloud.Everybody succeeded. I… Read more →

Converting my timetable to ical with Node.JS and Nightmare

(Source: Taken by me!) My University timetable is a nightmare. I either have to use a terrible custom app for my phone, or an awkwardly-built website that feels like it's at least 10 years old! Thankfully, it's not all doom and gloom. For a number of years now, I've been maintaining a Node.JS-based converter script that automatically pulls said timetable down from the JSON backend of the app - tha… Read more →

Rob on Radio Humberside

The light first thing this morning was rather good This morning I was up bright and early (oh, OK, just early) and heading into town to review the papers for the Radio Humberside breakfast program. I love doing radio. Apparently I have the perfect face for it. Anyhoo, I settled down with a pile of newsprint and started looking for some vaguely happy stories. There’s so much depressing stuff in the… Read more →

Test Air Quality with the EMF Badge

The air here seems ok One of the (many) wonderful things about the electromagnetic fields event I went to was the badge that everyone was given. This was an embedded device with a nice colour screen and a powerful processor that just happened to be a mobile phone as well…… I thought I’d turn it into an air quality display. So I 3D printed a case and make some modifications so that I could fit an a… Read more →

Productivity and Feeling “Done”

Done is a strange word. So strange in fact that most development paradigms and frameworks make attempts to nail down their own interpretation of the word to help developers grasp the concept of “done” and turn it into something tangible. A classic example of this would be SMART targets. SMART targets turn qualitative goals and... Continue Reading → Read more →

Rob at Ron Dearing UTC

Despite arriving a tiny bit late, I had a great time at the evening event at Ron Dearing UTC today. A whole bunch of folks came to see me to talk about technology and I showed off some Hull Pixelbots, my silly goggles and the prototype air quality sensor that we’re working on over at Connected Humber. Of course, I totally forgot to take any pictures at the event. Silly me. That’s why there’s a rat… Read more →