Project | 01
Project | 01 Changing Careers
My current project is a personal one, of self-realisation; I am on a journey to start a new career as an engineer.
Mechanical, electrical, service, I'm looking to find an engineering role that gives me a more practical day-to-day experience than teaching, but one that still requires me to think, that presents me with problems and challenges that I can fix, and that I can go home from feeling like I've done my best.
Project | 02
Project | 02 Home Automation
I bought a reduced Google Home Mini for a laugh, and before I knew it, the house was a digital playground...
Turning lights on and off was just the start. Controlling electric blankets, blow heaters, fans, and central heating came next. Then individual lamps, then the printer. Then came PIR and temperature sensors to control security lights and climates.
Playing music with control for individual rooms or the whole house was easy, using ChromeCasts and Google Home devices. But this meant turning the amplifier on too, which required more advanced control , leading me to programming languages such as WebCORE and interfaces such as IFTTT.
It's been a hell of a ride!
Project | 03
Project | 03 Media Unit
I like films, games and music, and I like to experience them at their best. What I don't like is the octopus farm of wires and power supplies that accompanies any decent set-up. The ideal solution: a custom designed and built media cabinet. Using SketchUp, I created a scale model which I used to cut MDF sheet for the construction.
Features include: built-in passive cooling, large shelves for full size amplifiers, heavy duty wheels for easy relocation, a top panel on rails that allows easy access to wiring without removing any components, centre speaker housing, storage drawer.