Playing Around with Retinal-Cortex Mappings

Here is a little notebook where I play around with converting images from a polar representation to a Cartesian representation. This is similar to the way our bodies map information from the retina onto the early visual areas. Mapping from the visual field (A) to the thalamus (B) to the cortex (C) These ideas are … Continue reading Playing Around with Retinal-Cortex Mappings

First Steps into the Quantified Self: Getting to Know the Fitbit API

Today I have been experimenting with the Fitbit API. Here are some rather amateurish steps for getting data from Fitbit's "cloud". Simple Client Setup for Public Data 1. Get and setup a Fitbit product. I have access to a set of Fitbit scales (the "Aria"). The Fitbit Force looks quite good; I may get one … Continue reading First Steps into the Quantified Self: Getting to Know the Fitbit API

Doing Useful Things with WeMo Motion

Using both the WeMo Motion rules and IFTTT allows you to do certain things with this motion detector. However, to expand our possibilities it would help if we could store our motion data and make it accessible to the programs that we write. To store our motion data in a database we need a bit … Continue reading Doing Useful Things with WeMo Motion

Databases for Sensor Data in Python

Here are some options to persistently store sensor data in a database using python. Anydbm For simple key-value pairs the anydbm module looks the best. It stores values as strings. Because of this you may need to use another module called pickle to convert non-string values into strings. For example: import anydbm, pickle from datetime … Continue reading Databases for Sensor Data in Python

Simple Energy Monitoring on Raspberry Pi

So. Reading an LCD screen was more difficult than I first assumed. My code is still good for reading my Thermostat values. However for energy monitoring and £20 I found a better solution. Looking on the net a particular model of energy monitor was recommended for easy monitoring: the Current Cost EnviR. This monitor has … Continue reading Simple Energy Monitoring on Raspberry Pi