Open Source Energy Monitor build – help needed

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Carbon Co-op have been working with, to produce innovative, modular, home environment monitors using open source hardware and software. Now we need people to help us build them.

Midday-6pm, Thursday 13th December 2012 MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

Unlike conventional energy monitors, the kit is flexible, modular and totally open source. They use a variety of sensors ranging from electricity to heat, humidity and even CO2 levels and utilise opensource Arduino compatible hardware, interfaced with the a Raspberry Pi to present householders with a dashboard for understanding their home.

We’re piloting them in 20 homes around Manchester as part of our retrofit programme and we need help assembling them. Soldering skills would be appreciated but are not essential. If you’ve got your own soldering station/iron, please do bring it with you.

What you’ll get:

  • Supervised assembly of arduino boards
  • Get your hands on a ‘Raspi’ board
  • Free pizza!
  • A chance to pick up new skills and meet people
  • A chance to help innovate new, human scale and appropriate technology for our household energy revolution

Book your place here:

The session will be drop-in so don’t feel you have to come for the whole thing, but those that do will get the chance to do each step of the process of building and testing a monitor.