Dear Archos

October 18, 2011

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Dear Archos, I am a fan of your tablets. I bought the Archos 7 Home Tablet and the Archos 32 and Archos 101 tablet as I needed them for my experiments. I will skip the G9 Archos 80 – 2×1000 as I want the G9 Archos 80 – 2×1500. Increasing presence I see your tablets […]

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Experiments with Touch – Building a dual screen Surface Acoustic Wave Touch table

October 17, 2011

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Brief The next Touch project on my list involves a Surface Acoustic Wave Dual Touch panel. I am choosing this technology for the following reasons/advantages: Affordable multi touch – Capacative screens become increasingly expensive as size increases. SAW stays relatively low cost. Less vulnerable – I noticed with a capacitive Touch screen from [insert here] […]

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Experiments with Touch – Bigscreen Android with 23 inch Resistive Touch Panel

October 5, 2011

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Inspired by the allegedly Windows Android x86 demo with a 23 inch multi-touch screen by Martin Drashkov (see second video below), I decided to give my own version a spin. [Edit: Oct 16, 2011] One of the readers of Hack a Day pointed out that a 23 inch Touch panel could not be found. I guess […]

The search for hardware below 100 euro – Android stuff keeps dropping in price

August 26, 2011

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The search for hardware below the 100 euro price tag When you build stuff that needs some kind of computing power beyond the 20 euro PLC/Arduino scope, Android devices might be your first weapon of choice. When I started to focus my attention on Android in 2010, the cheapest hardware you could find where the […]

Open Source as a business strategy?

August 2, 2011

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In my previous post about Open Source, Freelancing and the public domain, I mentioned the things to keep in mind when you use and re-use specific (home made) solutions in commercial assignment. But what if you want to do more? Protecting your idea before entering a partnership Say you have the golden opportunity to start a […]

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Freelancing, Open Source, the public domain and your copyrighted work

August 2, 2011

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About two years ago I decided to make the framework for Smart Spaces Open Source. Starting point One of the reasons was a somewhate strange situation with a client who – after a project was closed – suddenly started to press on having a contract signed by me with which I would transfer all the […]

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Research: RFID, XBee, Arduino and Electric Strike Locks

July 3, 2011

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Can you use XBee and an RFID card reader to create simple, wireless RFID Tag based door openers? And how elaborate will that be? This post explores those questions as the beginning of a research project.

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