I'm quite interested in the 'Internet of Things' especially where this will personally save me money on my utilities and other things. The current issue, as I see it, is that there are many manufactures producing clever bits of kit but none of this kit talks to each other. For example we have clever heating systems that will control individual room temperatures, at present these have to be manually set as the heating system doesn't know if you are home or not. A burglar alarm knows when you are home (by the fact it is disabled), why not get the alarm to talk to the heating system to say when the heating is required. Over time a pattern will emerge and the system would 'learn' when you get home and make sure the house is pre-warmed.
I was recently asked to design a unit to replace a standard PLC that had reached the limitations of its capabilities. The PLC is part of a bespoke system for food package inspection that fits in to a production line.
Meet the new getWaiter mascot. We call him Mr G at the moment but he is looking for a better name, any ideas anyone? Look out for Mr G at a hotel or restaurant near you.
getWaiter! is a project we have been working on for the last few months for a company called GeniusIn based in Olney, Buckinghamshire in the UK. The concept behind it is to use technology to improve your bar, restaurant or hotel experience, an idea conceived by pair of entrepreneurs around ten years ago that has been waiting for the right time.
At last the getWaiter! website has finally gone live. It is now possible for Hotels, Restaurants and bars to sign up, start using getWaiter and offer an improved service to their customers. To have a look go to www.getwaiter.com
The final version of the getWaiter animations have been finished and uploaded to you tube, check them out here.
Central heating timer inspection
Notable features... This is another system I was very pleased with. It ran fast very efficiently and fulfilled the customers requirements. All of the software was written in visual 'C' and used multi-threading for various sub sections of the application notably the PLC, image processing and user interface. The company was Invensys.
Notable features...This is another system I was very pleased with. It ran fast very efficiently (not without it's teething problems!), the customer was so pleased with it he ordered several more. All of the software was written in visual 'C' and used multi-threading for various sub sections of the application notably the PLC, image processing and user interface. The company was Pico electronics.