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LCD works!

After endless struggles inΒ week 6, I took some time after class and finally got the LCD screen to work. It turns out, soldering all the pin connections did the trick!

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(message when plant is well-watered)

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(aerial view of wirings)

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I mounted the whole thing on an acrylic storage tray from Muji. It now plugs into the wall directly too. I would like to program the piezo speaker to chime when the sensor threshold goes from “wet” β€”> “dry.”

I felt really proud after debugging the system. This one was the most finnicky hardware project I’ve done yet, and I managed to get all the sensors working after many many failed tries. πŸ’ͺ🌱

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It’s the month of October, and the animals are busy at work…

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Still, a springy sense of whimsy persists in parks…

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Meanwhile, like bees, everyone is so busy at ITP, gathering knowledge.

I’ve been thinking about lots of things. For instance, ways of understanding programming, without the programming…

I remembered being so aware of recursion as a kid, and creating loads of recursive jokes with my brother.Β Somehow kids find infinity on their own, and it totally enthralls them.

(a TV in a TV, in a TV, in a TV…!)

I wonder what other concepts we learn through our world, through our bodies, through humor.

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Here’s a new markdown language just for burritos.

I’ve been on the lookout for systems and new language short hands people make, especially when they don’t have a formal, product-polished system in place.

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And as usual, I’ve been observing the hostile, barred-teeth expressions of our city. Somebody must’ve kept sitting on this pipe!

new toys: rain sensor, LCD

For this week, I wanted to make a plant interface which could tell you if the plant needed water. (I have a soft spot for this “Internet of Plants” future…)

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Here are all the parts at play. Note that it doesn’t work (yet.)

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I definitely upped the ante on myself this week! This post will mainly be about my process and struggles.

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I spent most of my time playing around with these two new sensors….

This lovely rain sensor:

… and this very finnicky 16×2 liquid crystal display (LCD):

src: alibaba.com

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