TechRice Meetup 2016-02-17

We had the TechRice project status meeting again last night. Tokyo University might come on board for a parallel project so we discussed the logistics of how to integrate them into the overall project. Otherwise, our software stackup for the rice paddy sensor monitoring is looking good. Halfdan has been collecting data for the past few weeks with his wireless nodes, sending them to his gateway node, and then sending them up to his Postgres based server on Heroku. The data looks good and the system is stable. Next up is to cost optimize the nodes and start designing a power optimized 3G gateway device. The rice planting is in May but we look like we’re on track to meet that target.

TechRice Meeting and Alternative LED Lighting

One of the ongoing projects at hackerfarm is TechRice, a project where we set up a wireless sensor network of rice fields and measure the water levels and weather parameters for each field. It’s quite an intense project since it spans low level hardware, short range wireless, cellular communications, database/web programming, and data visualization. There are currently four of us that are actively working on the project and will be rolling out a ten node sensor network this planting season. We’re currently managing the project and have weekly meetings to discuss status.

This is me & Yves at hackerfarm and Halfdan Rump in Tokyo discussing the project with our Yamaha conference call bar we fished out of a junk bin in Akihabara. It has an omnidirectional microphone and speaker array and is meant for long conference tables. Photo by David Huang, also part of the project.
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