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Shipping closed during December 2018

During December I’ll be taking a break from shipping orders from the SuperHouse and Freetronics online stores.

Any orders placed after December 4th, 2018 will be shipped right after Christmas, hopefully around December 28th and 29th. If you want to get something in time for Christmas, make sure you place your order now!

I’ll be back with more videos and a bunch of new products after Christmas.

See you then!

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New product: Sonoff Programming Adapter

If you want to load new software onto a Sonoff, you can use jumper wires to link a USB-to-Serial adapter to the programming header of the Sonoff. However, it’s easy to make a mistake, and loose jumper wires can be really annoying.

This cool little programming adapter simply plugs into a common FTDI-type header, and then plugs into your Sonoff.

No more jumper wires. No more looking up the pinout every time you have to connect them!

This little adapter is going to be featured in the next episode of SuperHouse, which will show how to put any Sonoff model (even new ones that haven’t been released yet) into programming mode.

Check it out in the online store.

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Livestream Q&A: Digging through my Eagle projects, part 3

Livestream going through my Eagle projects directory, opening each of them and explaining what they’re about.

Projects covered in this episode:

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Livestream Q&A: Digging through my Eagle projects, part 2

Livestream going through my Eagle projects directory, opening each of them and explaining what they’re about.

Projects covered in this episode:

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Join me for another livestream tour through more Eagle projects

Join me for a SuperHouse livestream tomorrow morning at 9am Sunday Melbourne time (GMT+1000)

This will be part 2 of my tour through my Eagle projects, going through them alphabetically and showing how they work.

Last time it took me 2.5 hours and I didn’t even get through the projects starting with “A”, so there’s a long way to go!

Picking some representative locations that time works out to be:

  • Melbourne: 9am Sunday
  • London: 12am Sunday (midnight)
  • Los Angeles: 4pm Saturday
  • New York: 7pm Saturday

If you don’t want to miss out, make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel and click the little “bell” icon so you get a notification when the live stream starts:

www.youtube.com/user/superhousetv

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#28: SuperHouse or SuperHuman?

Is home automation just about toys for lazy rich people? I don’t think so! It’s about using technology to extend our own capabilities and become just a little bit superhuman.

As humans we all have physical limitations. Some of us are healthy and strong, and some of us aren’t, but ultimately we all get older and find that it’s harder to do things that we used to do easily. I see technology as an enabler that can extend our abilities or help us overcome limitations in our bodies or our environment.

Way back in 2011 I did a conference presentation titled “Use The Force, Linus!” which was about using Open Source technology to give ourselves Jedi powers. Many of the examples I covered in that presentation  were drawn from my home automation projects.

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The factory tours of Shenzhen: Jiafuh Metal & Plastics

Karl has been busy! The next episode of his video series “State of Electronics” is up already, and it covers a fascinating topic: how plastic parts are made for electronic products. For electronics hobbyists, most of the focus is on circuit boards and parts and all the bits that go inside a device. The idea of going to the next level and designing a custom-fabricated case or other part seems totally out of reach unless you use a low-volume, low-accuracy method like 3D printing.

In this episode Karl shows how the Jiafuh factory turns out millions of plastic parts for all sorts of products, including mobile phone chargers, product cases, and even car parts.

Maybe some time soon I’ll be able to do a custom injection-moulded case for a SuperHouse project 🙂

Don’t forget to subscribe to Karl’s YouTube channel for more cool technical videos.