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Using micro:Maqueen v4.1 with micro:bit v2

4/27/2021 04:48:00 PM 0

The most advertized coding interface for micro:Maqueen is the web based, but it's not always the best way to fully exploit the features of the robot.
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Testing the Kittenbot Meowbit Bluetooth Module

4/07/2021 03:50:00 PM 0

While the Meowbit is a good initiation to video gaming, it would be nice if it could interact wirelessly with the micro:bit for some cool projects. 

This is where the Kittenbot BLE SD module comes in handy.

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Wanscam K21 with face detection: great IP Camera with ONVIF compatibility (updated)

3/26/2021 02:31:00 PM 12

Wanscam as almost always been my favourite brand of IP camera except for the unfortunate HW0036 experience.

I have a bunch of them (HW0026HW0049 and HW0046) running 24/7 and are still fine after 3 years.

The K21 looks identical to the HW0021, but with a full HD sensor, and a face detection feature.

Another noticeable difference is the price, and surprisingly it's actually 15 to 20$ cheaper than its older variant.

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Backup from Synology NAS to Asus Router (updated)

2/02/2021 12:39:00 PM 0
This is a short recap of what's needed to set up a regular backup of a Synology shared folder onto an USB drive plugged on an Asus router (running with Asuswrt Merlin).

The information needed for this specific operation is generally scattered in different places, so I regrouped everything while it's still fresh from my recent actions.

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Printing ABS with FLSUN Q5

11/24/2020 11:59:00 AM 0

 After a few months owning the FLSUN Q5 printer, I only recently obtained acceptable results with ABS.

ABS is notoriously more difficult to manage than PLA and my first attempts with left overs filaments from an old 3D pen have all been disappointing, no matter the print bed and nozzle temperatures or even the speed.

I eventually gave up until I ordered, by mistake, a big 1kg reel of ABS instead of PLA! 

I had no choice but try to make the best out of it...

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10 Home Automation Ideas For An Easy Life

8/06/2020 12:11:00 PM

Home automation was designed to make the user’s life easier by automating the tasks they hate most. Here are some home automation ideas to get the juice flowing:

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Wanscam K21 is finally fully compatible with Synology Surveillance Station

8/03/2020 10:52:00 AM 0

...or maybe I should say that Synology Surveillance Station is finally fully compatible with the Wanscam K21.

In my initial review, I noted that the K21 would be detected by Onvif Device ManagerIP Camera Viewer,  OnviferAnycam.IO and HappyTime, but not by Synology Surveillance Station. 

In the latest version 8.2.8-6334 of Surveillance Station, Synology included a fix (that was developped in December last year!) which allows to capture the full functionalities of the Wanscam K21 as an ONVIF device.

This change is likely to benefit other Onvif cameras that failed to work sith SS8 before. 
The Wanscam K21 can be found below 30€ at Bangood

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