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Wifi Enabled Outlet with VoCore

We have an older Mr. Coffee without all that newfangled technology like a clock and timer which means getting out of bed to start the coffee pot. How can one turn on a coffee pot without leaving the warmth of cozy sheets? Add a VoCore, some LED’s and relays to a surge protector/USB charger, that’s how.

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Posted by on Sun, 21 Dec 2014
tags: linux, openwrt, vocore, mod, relay.

VoCore Time-Lapse Photography

I’ve had my VoCore for around a month now and have been fiddling with them a bit. So far I’ve compiled my own rootfs (source now available in OpenWrt trunk), installed mjpeg-streamer, soldered some resistor legs to the VoCore for easier breadboarding, put a heatsink on the RT5350, setup a breadboard circuit with USB port and Logitech C250 webcam, and connected a SparkFun Power Cell for system load and charging a 12.6Wh LiPo cell pulled from an iPad 1st gen.

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Posted by on Tue, 12 Aug 2014
tags: linux, openwrt, vocore.

VoCore Arrival

The VoCore Alpha boards arrived last Saturday. I’ve been really busy this week so this is a short post with not much to report. The package contained 2 VoCore Alpha boards, 1 USB to TTL adapter and two sets of resistors. As I mentioned before there is a hardware bug in this version that causes the board to be unstable. Originally, Vonger thought it was because of incorrect resistor values (hence the resistors in the kit) but turns out the fix is to move a capacitor from one spot to another on the board. I did have time to fix one board, attach a USB cable for power and connect the provided USB to TTL adapter. The board has been up and running since Sunday with no problems. Check out some more photos…

Posted by on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
tags: linux, openwrt, vocore.