A 12-post collection

2 years ago

"Is that a kindle strapped to your mast?"

raspberry-pi-zero   raspberry-pi   raspbian   epaper   android  

One of the most common comments I get when I show someone the Mr. Gibbs project is inevitably "where is the display?" Some disagree with me on the utility of just having the data & control on a w…

3 years ago

2017 & Pi Zero W updates

bluez   bluetooth   raspbian   raspberry-pi-zero   raspberry-pi   mono  

There have been a number of blog comments from people attempting to use Gibbs but having issues with newer versions of mono or blueZ, hopefully my latest update to the installation procedure will help…

4 years ago

At Long last, a totally successful test sail.

pebble   blend-micro   raspberry-pi   bluetooth  

Finally after 2 months of fiddling I was able to have a successful sail where everything worked. The Wind vane, Gibbs, and the Pebble, all working in harmony. It's been a rough few weeks as I change…

4 years ago

BlueZ 5.39 BLE setup on the Raspberry Pi

bluez   raspbian   raspberry-pi   bluetooth   ble  

One of the things that I have done to really accelerate development of Mr. Gibbs is to do much of my work on an old laptop running ubuntu linux. Since ubuntu and raspbian are both debian based, most…

4 years ago

BLE Wind Vane Assembly

ble   blend-micro   anemometer   raspberry-pi   raspberry-pi-zero  

With the main Mr. Gibbs assembly mostly worked out and waterproof, I set my sights on the wind vane this evening. The mount for the wind vane is intended to clamp on the top of my mast. It is ma…

4 years ago

Final Prototype Assembly

bluez   bluetooth   gatt   accelerometer   compass   raspbian   raspberry-pi  

With the first regatta of 2016 only 2 weeks away, I'm finally getting the latest revision of Mr. Gibbs to the point where it's ready to actually throw on the boat and sail. The major development of l…

4 years ago

Using I2C on the Raspberry Pi with C#

c#   i2c   mono   linux   raspberry-pi  

There are three breakouts that make up the sensors for Mr. Gibbs, the GPS, the Accelerator/Gyro, and the Compass. While the GPS connects using UART (serial port), the other two connect using i2c to t…

4 years ago

Pi Zero Hardware Refresh, Wind Vane, and New Plugins.

raspberry-pi   raspberry-pi-zero   i2c   uart   accelerometer  

The biggest change for the 2016 prototype is the change from the Raspberry Pi 2, to the Pi Zero. This change does a number of beneficial things such as lowering overall cost, increasing battery life,…

4 years ago

2016 Hardware Updates

raspberry-pi   raspberry-pi-zero   gps   accelerometer   i2c   uart  

Left: 2016 version mockup (so much room for activities!), Right: 2015 version. I finally gathered up some of the more elusive parts, so it's time to start assembling the 2016 version of the Mr. Gibbs…

4 years ago

Raspberry Pi Zero (somebody is making a killing on adapters).

raspberry-pi   raspberry-pi-zero  

I was perusing my local MicroCenter website today for something unrelated, and as has become habit, ran a quick query for Pi Zeros before closing the tab. Sure enough... time for a lunch break! I…

4 years ago

Mr. Gibbs Bench Demo

gps   raspberry-pi   pebble  

I've had some questions since I put this site/blog up about how much of this project is working vs how much of it is just me "blue skying" ideas for things that I would like it to do. I'm hoping that…

4 years ago

2015 Sailing Season, Prototype Thoughts, and a Bunch of (Bad) Math

sailing   pebble   raspberry-pi   visualsail  

In the above video it you look in the center of the cockpit strapped to the keel you'll see the star of this blog. You'll also note me looking at my watch a lot, that's not a nervous twitch I'd like…