Archive for February, 2009

Home Camp TV – what’s next? you decide!

So our initial series of Home Camp TV videos has now been published. What did you think? We’d love to hear your feedback, either on this post, the blog entries for the individual videos themselves, or over on YouTube.

Although we started this as part of the Friday Morning Report video marathon, it has been fun to put together. I’d be happy to produce some more episodes if there’s enough interest.

So… let us know what you think, what ideas you have for future episodes, what you want to hear about… it’s all about the community! Also, remember to visit the Home Camp wiki to add ideas for discussion at future meetups.


February 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm 8 comments

Home Camp TV – Current Cost live demo

Another Current Cost hack… Rich Cumbers and Dale Lane built the Current Cost Live application as part of Mashed 08 last year. I talked to Rich about the idea behind the application – mashing up the gaming concept from XBox Live and using competitiveness to drive down home energy usage.

February 18, 2009 at 8:09 am 3 comments

Home Camp TV – discussion with an enthusiast

Last week I chatted on the phone with one of the attendees from Home Camp 08, Chris Hodgins. During the conversation we talked about his experience of Home Camp, his expectations of what might happen in the future, and how he became interested in the whole home automation and monitoring space.

Thanks very much for your time, Chris!

February 17, 2009 at 6:41 am Leave a comment

Home Camp TV – demo of a desktop application

In today’s episode of Home Camp TV, I interview Dale Lane, one of the organisers of the first Home Camp event and an active hacker on all sorts of projects, which you can read about on his blog. Dale showed me his very nice desktop application for analysing energy usage, which includes some interesting features such as the ability to watch usage against the overall National Grid consumption.

Find Dale’s Current Cost GUI app on Google Code.

February 16, 2009 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Home Camp TV – Andy Piper Interview

Here is an interview with Andy Piper, looking back at the first Home Camp and looking forward to the next one in April.  General rambling about software and hardware hacks.

We cover a lot of subjects in this conversation, including home automation, Current Cost, Google Power Meter, Pachube, Nokia Home Control Center, arduino, Home Easy to name a few.

Take a look at the wiki for details of the next Home Camp in April.

February 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Home Camp TV – Martin Dix interview

This week, Chris and I have been putting together some videos for what we’re calling “Home Camp TV” – originally intended to be a segment on the Friday Morning Report 24 hour marathon, which has sadly been postponed (get well soon, Craig!). So for now, we’re posting these videos individually… they should appear in the Friday Morning Report slot later as well. You can still contribute to Craig’s charity drive, which is already very close to target.

The first Home Camp TV video is a brief chat with Martin Dix from CurrentCost about how the company’s technology is moving forward. Keep an eye on the blog for a few more episodes over the coming days!

Bonus link – you can read a little bit more about Martin’s visit to Hursley and see photos on eightbar.

February 13, 2009 at 10:17 am 1 comment

Google joins the power monitoring party

In case you don’t follow the #homecamp tweets on Twitter… you may not have noticed that Google announced their new PowerMeter tool, which plays in the same space as a lot of technologies that we talked about at HomeCamp 08 (Pachube, CurrentCost, Wattson and so on). It’s great to see that so many people are beginning to realise the benefits of smart metering and understanding personal energy utilisation 🙂

February 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm 4 comments

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