My latest electronics/as-little-hardware-munging-as-I-can-get-away-with project is definitely at prototype stage, but it has some features already.
- battery powered and USB rechargeable
- completely wireless (on the outside!)
- connects to my home xbee network…
- …and thus to my computer and the wider world, making it extensible, crucially, without hardware rejigging.
It’s interesting how different something feels when it becomes hand-held. The same electronics, performing the same functions, feel very much less useful when they’re spread out over a table in a tangle of wires with other bits all over the place and soldering irons knocking around.
The “gadget” is thus far doing nothing I can’t do on a smart phone, of course. But the battery life seems good - I didn’t even charge the battery up and it ran overnight - and I’m planning to make this into part of my burglar deterrent system.
Of course, if you’re a burglar, and you’re reading this (my respects to you, if you are), you will still need to know about all the secret bits of the system involving door sensors and webcams.