Computing stuff tied to the physical world

Getting started, episode 2

In Book on Nov 13, 2014 at 00:01

The articles this week continue on the path just started, hooking up a bare ARM chip, and making it do something silly. No soldering and (almost) no software installation involved.

As before, keep in mind that only the first of the following articles is available right away – the others will be published one at a time, a day apart:

A thought occurred to me recently, and it got stuck in my head:

We can send an autonomous vehicle to Mars using a mighty/majestic Saturn V rocket, or we can launch a fragile/fickle weather balloon and enjoy the view on earth from above.

I’m a guy who prefers the latter. Simple, clean, quiet, and with a journey which is at least as interesting as the result. Which is why you’ll find many posts on this weblog which do things differently, and even repeatedly. Not to be different, but because life is as much about going someplace as it is about getting there.

And yes, I’d love to figure out how to launch a weather balloon some day. There’s probably also a point to be made about the difference in energy consumption…

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