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Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

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Learn PCB Design at Connected Humber on Thursday

This could be your design…. This week we are having a rather special Hardware Group meetup at c4di. We will be looking at the creation of printed circuit boards (PCBs). We will be using a freely available tool which can be used on lots of different computers.If you have any interest in making stuff you really should come along. It is now very cheap to get PCBs made and they make construction much,… Read more →


Get Your Eyes Tested

For the last few days I’ve been telling everyone I meet how sharp the world now appears to me. I’ve got some new glasses. They’ve made a huge difference to the quality of my life. I’m now able to read text by looking at the letters, rather than inferring the meaning from the approximate shape of the words. This is probably going to massively improve the quality of my writing. Then agane probuably… Read more →


Mini Air Quality Sensor Now Working

I spent quite a bit of today getting my tiny air quality sensor working. I’ve ported the code for the full fat sensor over, so that it has full MQTT setting control and all the other trimmings. It seems to work OK. I’ve mounted the pixel ring up against the 3D printed case and the result is rather impressive, and really hard to photograph. The biggest problem that I have is that my “artistic” back… Read more →


Cheap Power

I’m always on the lookout for cheap power. So I was intrigued by these phone battery packs in the pound shop in Hull. It turns out that they are actually quite usable if you need to power small electronic devices. I’m pretty sure that the advertised capacity of 1200 mAh is more than a bit optimistic, but I do know that a fully charged battery powered my “full fat” air quality sensor for well over… Read more →


Making a Mini Air Quality Sensor

I’ve got the large, “full fat” Air Quality sensor just about working. But the hardware cost of the device is a bit on the high side. So today I’ve spent the day grappling with FreeCAD to try a design a much smaller, WiFi only, device. This uses a cheap Wemos D1 Mini and a five pound air quality sensor and a pixel ring. The cost of this hardware is only around ten pounds, which makes it much cheape… Read more →


Hello to Asda

We had some robots on display… Robin and I were working in the c4di this morning when a bunch of folks dropped by with John to take a look at what we were doing. I had my old glasses on and taking a quick look at them, decided that it was perhaps a bunch of students, what with everyone looking fresh-faced and keen and whatnot. So I gave them what I thought was good advice for people in their posit… Read more →


Hull Pixelbots and the wrong kind of quotes

One of the downsides of thinking “I’ll use my phone for all my pictures” seems to be that don’t take any photographs at all when I should this is how it was today, at the Hull Pixelbot talk I gave at the university. However, the talk went well with a very appreciative audience. I hope I didn’t come over as too obsessive compulsive when, during the session I started to fret about the use of the wro… Read more →


Board Game Expertise

A while back I was moaning about the way that there seem to be robots out there which are looking for search terms on sites and then emailing the owners asking to place paid content or link to them. Then I got an email last week from Kendra telling me about Game Cows, a board game site. I’ve posted about the odd board game here and there, and she seems to have picked up on that. The site has some… Read more →


Hull Pixelbots at Hull University on Wednesday

I’m doing a talk about Hull Pixelbot and HullOS at Hull University (seems appropriate) this week. The talk is at 2:00 pm on Wednesday 7th November in Training Room 3 (TR3) in the Brynmor Jones Library (BJL).I’ll have some robots with me and we can have a go at controlling them during the seminar. Should be fun. Read more →


Printed C# Yellow Book now available with added duck

The C# Programming Yellow Book: Learn to program in C# from first principles By Rob Miles It’s finally here! Just in time for Christmas. If someone in your family has been asking all year for a yellow book about the C# programming language then I have good news. The C# Yellow Book is now available from Amazon in full 3D form, with pages and everything. And the cover has a specially taken duck phot… Read more →