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What’s a MetaWatch ?

Well, it’s a watch obviously, kind of a smart watch but not actually that smart, basically it’s a remote display for other devices to write to, connections are made via Bluetooth using SPP (a serial port protocol).

Still, leaving it rather dumb was a smart move, so I don’t really know what to call it, it’s pretty cool that’s for sure 🙂

Anyhow, after few delays, my MetaWatch (which I had originally pre-ordered back in May) finally shipped and I had almost a week now to play with it, here’s what I came up with so far. Read More

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With GadgetConnect, Reemote for Airfoil and Reemote for Boxee on my iDevices, or things like tablets, smartphones and htpcs in general life already feels a little like living in the future to me, and I love it ! But I’m not really satisfied yet.

Today I finally managed to fix my broken openAMI system and again it felt like moving one step closer to living in the future, not really the hyped smarthome future with a talking avatar you know from tv, but rather a future where your smartphone is the gateway to pretty much anything, not only the outside world but also your home.

I think this is the way to go, it’s possible right now and doesn’t have to cost a fortune see for yourself.

This short Demo is showing a jQTouch-based WebApp that enables a user to control a SmartHome environment powered by the openAMI System.

The WebApp shown is generated and served entirley by an openAMI enabled Asus wl500gpV2 running a openWRT linux with 2.4 Kernel and Python2.5.

Take a look!

Check us out at CoogleCode: http://code.google.com/p/openami/

Some words about my work on the avrBridge,

I haven’t had much time to continue development lately but I hope to have some free time during the next weeks.

Next thing I intend to do is to build a wireless avrBridge based on a cheap rf-transceiver unit (RMF12 available from pollin -germany).

Because my motivation for this is to build a smart-home the plan is to have a central ambient intelligence (AmI), to act like sort of a base station for the wireless avrBridges, so the AmI can use them to either learn about the real world or also even interact with it.

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What it is.

the avrBridge started off as a learning project to get a better understanding of how to implement usb communication, i took a microcontroller running obdev’s software-only usb implementation, and played with it for quite a while.
Since i didn’t really have any practical usb application back then, i figured it would be nice to be able to run the microcontroller’s code on the host side instead on the device itself, so i could use the usb device to quickly add “realworld” interaction, like sensors, buttons, leds or various other i/os to any kind of software or application.

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