In 2011, Smartphones are ubiquitous and everyone and his dog is writing mobile apps, but using apps when you're not in range of a fixed wifi hotspot or standing still in an urban area is often extremely frustrating.
This graph shows the result of my weekend project - it’s the temperature in my living room, logged to an app running on Google Appengine every 30s via an Arduino UNO with ethernet shield.
I spent the weekend learning how to hack hardware with Arduino - I built this mouse controlled RC car. Fun to build and fun to play with! Read the detailed HOWTO
On my latest trip to San Francisco, I was privileged to be able to drop in to the DODOcase factory and got a guided tour from chief DODO - Patrick. DODOcase use traditional bookbinding techniques (at a long-established local book binder) to produce a really neat book-like case for iPad and Kindle 3.
I love reading on my Kindle, but as anyone who has been using one for a while knows, it feels too delicate to drop straight into a bag and really needs a case.