Welcome to the Tinaja Labs’ Blog.

At Tinaja Labs we are developing wireless sensor networks and a platform to support data acquisition and analysis.  Here we share what we’ve learned, how we learned and highlight those who have helped us along the way.  Visit the wiki for ongoing updates.

Visit us at the Maker Faire

Maker Faire 2017 has come and gone.  Our booth was named “The Sense of Things.

We presented our latest fun with a home automation system.  This year we updated the Node-Red coordination component to include the MQTT publish/subscribe pattern making it more efficient for the things to communicate;  some things publish their events and state changes and some things subscribe to those events and state changes.  It works so well.

We’ve also hooked up a chat system (Rocket.chat) with a chatbot called Hubot (we’ve named it Iris) so we can have a chat with our home automation system.  So much fun.

Thanks to Terence Shek, Larry Quantz, and Russell Darrin who all helped explain our system, and to all those who stopped by the booth to engage in smart, meaningful conversations.

60 Watts by Ed Rusch

60 Watts by Ed Rusch

This image by Ed Ruscha evokes a simple life in a remote location.  How wonderful if we could all run our homes on 60 watts.