I picked up a cheap bushnell trail camera to see what animals are visiting the apiary.
After my first three months of riding, I’d gone through two sets of gloves, a Japanese brand and famous American brand both costing around 5,000 yen each. After this wallet eating adventure needed something
Now These gloves have gone through 67,000km (416,318 miles) and spent three months lost in my front garden during one winter after I put a rock through my shin on a hiking trip (long story)
I have used them while bee keeping and when weed eating the apiaries.
Now there are a few problems with them.
- Not waterproof, I use Montbell (see below) over gloves to combat this.
- The tanned part stains your hands yellow when wet.
- Not warm in winter, even with grip heaters (Lee Park Designs have a lined version too)
Can only buy in the U.S. 🙁 I live in Japan and need another pair soon.
I wanted something to play with over the winter months. So I decided to purchase this little device from Texas Instruments, at $25 including shipping it’s a steal.
It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4 and offers a wide range of sensors (see below)
I plan to use this over the winter months to monitor the temperature and humidity of my beehives and to see how covering hive affects conditions inside.
It’s gonna be a great new world when button-sized weatherproof sensors are priced around five dollars a pop and you can grab relative data while walking around the hives. Maybe I’ll be able to monitor for Giant Hornet Attacks and send an SMS to my phone. The gyroscope sensor could monitor to see if someone or something is pestering the bees.
- IR temperature Sensor
- Ambient temperature
- Pressure Sensor (Barometer)
- Humidity Sensor
A carbon dioxide, oxygen sensor would be nice too. But at $25 I really couldn’t ask for more.
Look what I found found my first Japanese <> English electronic dictionary made in 1987! and a Japanese study tape 🙂
The Kiwi answer to Japan’s winter…..maybe
Testing out the Lifeproof case for my iPhone 4. Amazing case but I can’t charge it while it’s in the cycle mount. Hopefully, the mount for the iPhone 5 won’t have this problem.
After tweaking a couple of settings, I managed reasonable macro shots from my new Panasonic DMC-FT4. Granted it’s not DSLR quality, but for an on-the-go waterproof, shockproof camera it’s decent enough.
Testing the Panasonic DMC-FT4 panoramic mode at Nushima island.
After my DMC-FT3 died on a trip to the Tango Peninsula, Panasonic was kind enough to send me a new one, a newer model and in different color :).
The DMC-FT4 is basically the same as the previous model with a few new functions. The panoramic mode is interesting but nothing that can’t be achieved in
I purchased the Vandel backpack the first month they came out and it has stood up to hell and still is looking amazing. The only thing I don’t like about it is, It’s too strong and