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AWS... I-O-Mr-T

Nothing signals tough, action-ready, adventurous tech like a wholly opportunistic reference to an iconic 80s TV show which is only remembered for one - and only one - character.  So we're pleased to announce our brand new blog series curiously entitled I-O-Mr-T, in which we continue to expand our eclectic repertoire of intrepid, outdoor IoT experiments by shamelessly drawing parallels with the one and only B. A. Baracus.

Moreover, there has been quite a bit of interest generated in our previous series - I-O-Tea - in which we clumsily navigated around the AWS IoT portfolio by magically concocting use cases that bordered on the absurd (think: avocados on fire, tracking empty margarine tubs and catching bin-raiding animals in the act).  Yet, we somewhat surprisingly managed to demonstrate everything from AWS IoT Core to IoT Analytics, and from IoT Greengrass to IoT Events.  And all those random bits in between.

In other words, rather unexpectedly, we discovered an audience for our eccentric brand of IoT curiosity-making centred around AWS IoT.  A hobby, which is about to be juxtaposed big time with our other love; of the outdoors.

So let's heed the great bard's advice, and take this bewildering show on tour across the British countryside.

Let's go outside (let's go outside)
In the sunshine
I know you want to, but you can't say yes

1Gold fillingGoing offline for a while? No problem. Use a local SQLite database to cache sensor data, and dispatch them to AWS IoT Core when next connected to the Wild Wild Web.
2Castle Track-a-lotUse our old friend DynamoDB to house metadata about surrounding locations. And use it to make our re-enactment of the Arthurian legend against the backdrop of the Somerset countryside more interactive. Using location-based services, of course.
3Chariots of WireStrap up some IMUs. Then, run like some EMUs. Use an ESP32 together with an accelerometer and a gyroscope to record what your legs are doing. Because, why not?
4Athlete's FootnoteStore some IMU readings in InfluxDB. And use them to analyse the anatomy of a 2-minute toilet break using Grafana, Pandas and Matplotlib.
5SD:S3 The Untold Love StoryStory of how Harry the SD card met Ally the S3 bucket. Store sensor readings on a SD card before zooming them up to AWS S3 using IoT Core and Greengrass.
6Rage:MKRWe're going to interrogate our AWS IoT Analytics data using QuickSight and Jupyter Notebooks, then poorly execute a bit of machine learning on our helpless IoT data with the help of Scikit-learn.
7Battle of BLEtainThis is our farcical attempt at recreating the realities of modern day social media... using the (low)powers of Bluetooth and MicroPython on ESP32. With a totally unexpected tangent on Real-Time Clocks.
8Bruce's Site is WiseThis is how Bruce keeps his illegal confectionery business under control using AWS IoT SiteWise.
9Unreal TVLet's measure indoor air quality using a SGP30 sensor and broadcast its readings to the world using AWS IoT, S3, CloudFront and Cognito!



LoRa-Wan Kenobi

In the regurgitated words of Michael BublĂ©: It's a new dawn .  It's a new day .  It's a new Star Wars film .  For me .  And I'm (George Lucas, and I'm) feeling good .  Unfortunately for Canadian Mike, the Grammy that year was won by the novelty disco classic with the famous refrain: We love IoT, even in Planet Tatooine * . *Not true. Clearly, the Star Wars producers didn't sincerely mean the last Jedi the previous time around.  Return of the Jedi, released during the decade that spearheaded cultural renaissance 2.0 with the mullet and hair-metal , was less economic with the truth.  Either way, we're going to take inspiration from the impressive longevity of the money-spinning space-opera and reboot our franchise with some Jedi mind tricks.  Except this particular flick doesn't require an ever-growing cast of unrecognisable characters, unless ASCII or UTF counts.  In place of an ensemble gathering of Hollywood stars and starlets, we will b

Beam me up, Rosie!

How do you get from A to B? You can't, as As and Bs are just letters in the alphabet. But if A is your house, and B is a meerkat village at your favourite safari park, you'd probably use a device equipped with GPS.  Not to be confused with UPS, who will deliver you your chosen meerkat through the post. And why on Earth would Rosie Patrol need one? Precisely, it's because she is on Earth that she needs one. Because our planet is rather big. Big enough to get lost in. And we don't want to lose our friendly plastic boxes on wheels. And maybe, eventually when she's clever enough, she'll go and defeat baddies on her own. And return home afterwards for a well deserved Earl Grey tea. Besides, why wouldn't we want to add another three letter acronym to Rosie Patrol's repertoire? All superheroes need: One Raspberry Pi 3, running Raspbian OS Computer from which you are connecting to the Raspberry Pi Probably the most important bit: a GPS r

Tea minus 30

We're fast approaching Christmas time.  And if robots were to make one simple observation about the human species during the Christmas festivities, it's that they watch a lot of TV.  A LOT.  Often, accompanied by an inappropriate amount of greenhouse gas-producing food .  Stuff you don't normally eat during the remainder of the year - for good reason. And most so-called shows on TV are boring to robots like Rosie.  After all, why watch a minor subspecies of the human race - celebrities - stumble awkwardly around the dance floor, dressed like a faulty, sparking circuit board?  Such branch of entertainment doesn't require robots to engage any of their proud circuitry.  Their processors remain idle.  Memory under-utilised. But if robots are to be part of people's homes (and blend in), they need to look at least a little interested in some of this irrational nonsense .  Nobody likes a party pooper .  A killjoy .  And this is where a certain subgenre of TV