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Rob Miles

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Rob Miles University Lecturer and Microsoft MVP. And tall.

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Using Three Serial Ports with the Heltec LoRa 32

Prototype and “floral” version I’m making pretty good progress with the Air Quality sensor. I’ve now got a command protocol running between the devices and MQTT or LoRa. As you can see above, I now have the ability to customise the splash screen. Which is very useful if you like cheese. Anyhoo, I’ve decided that the sensor really needs GPS so that each air quality reading can be tagged with locati… Read more →


Switch Electronics in Hull

Don’t try clicking on the Add to Cart option… A while back I had the urge to own some cables that had crocodile clips on each end. They are very useful if only have two hands and you want to connect a bunch of things together. I found some in ebay at a good price, ordered them and they arrived in good time. Just what I wanted. Already found them useful. Before I threw away the envelope I had a qui… Read more →


November the 1st Hardware Meetup

Another first Thursday of the month, another Hardware Meetup at c4di. This time I had an agenda of my own. I’ve just found out that you can get printed circuit boards made for really low prices. Really low. This has stirred within me an intense desire to find out how to make them. (posh prose eh?)Anyhoo, it turns out that among the Hardware Group membership there are folks with experience with the… Read more →


Posting a Robot Head

Digby in happier times. Digby, my robot dog, is not well. I’ve had him for around 16 years or so. I guess this means he’ll soon be old enough to vote, but at the moment he isn’t able to do anything. A fault in his neck joint means that he can’t even yawn and stretch when he wakes up without collapsing in a heap.. It’s all rather sad. I had a quick look at the procedures involved in fixing a broken… Read more →


Always Check the Cover

The C# Yellow Book is now very nearly on sale in printed form. I got a proper copy back from Amazon and, as soon I as held it in my hand and flipped through the pages I realised two things:The cover does not have a duck on it. There are two massive typos in the cover text.The first one I can sort out, what with having a camera and a huge rubber duck. I’ve no idea what possessed me to go with the A… Read more →


Fantastic Bugs and Where To Find Them

On Thursday, as we were building robots I came across one of the most amazing bugs I’d ever seen. We’d reached the point where the robots had been built and they were connected to the computer. My HullOS Editor program lets you write programs and send them into the robot for it to run them. But something weird was happening. The editor was displaying things that it should not. It seemed to be dupl… Read more →


LipService Theatre - Withering Looks

I don’t know what you were doing last night. But we were in a hall in Howden laughing at someone pulling faces.Well, they were very funny faces. We went to see a performance of “Withering Looks” by LipService Theatre. We’ve seen them before, in a production of “Mr. Darcy Loses the plot” at Hull Truck Theatre. That turned us into instant fans. LipService Theatre are Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding and ha… Read more →


c4di partnership with Barclay's Eagle Labs

David Keel of c4di talking Tesla Yesterday, after a happy day building robots I went along to a big, posh, event in Hull Minster. The occasion was the announcement of big things for c4di, the place where I go and they let me play with robots. I love c4di because it provides a place in Hull where people can take their ideas and make them real. It’s turned into a proper community of like-minded soul… Read more →


Making Hull Pixelbots

We were in Hull University Robots Lab Had a lovely day making robots today. I was working with Tristan and Mac, who were visiting the university from Scarborough, taking part in a work experience program. I had to robot kits all ready and a set of nicely printed instructions for them to follow. They spent the morning building the robots and the afternoon programming them. It was great fun, and by… Read more →