Swarm – Space Based IoT Connectivity has a Dev Kit Now

Now this is interesting. Was reminded about it on the IoT Podcast this morning.

From IEEE:

Swarm, a satellite start-up that uses CubeSats about the size of a grilled cheese sandwich to provide IoT coverage, has instead developed a satellite network specifically for IoT networks that would otherwise struggle to connect to the Internet. To do so, the company has adapted the popular IoT wireless technology LoRa, turning it into a high-flying—and even longer-ranging—solution.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/swarm-takes-lora-skyhigh

And now there is a developer kit! Will have to look closer at that 🙂

Photo credit: Swarm

A Photogenic Z-Wave Bridge

We’re moving away from Z-Wave tech and investing more deeply in Apple HomeKit. Part of that will include using a Raspberry Pi to act as a Z-Wave bridge until we (eventually) replace the Z-Wave devices with devices supported by HomeKit natively.

And because it would be boring just to plugin in a headless Raspberry Pi, I decided to have it do double duty as a digital picture frame using a neat little touchscreen by EVICIV.

This article covered most of the setup needed to use feh and xscreensaver, although I did need to do one tweak, probably because I am running a relatively new version of Raspbian (Raspbian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)) that was released after the article. Instead of finding the autostart file in ~/.config, it was in /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi

Here’s what it looks like:

Yeah, I should put some real photos in there, not memes 🙂