FREE Electronics Donation from HomeEXCEPT.com

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John Robertson

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Jul 22, 2021, 12:04:52 PMJul 22
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Hi Folks, I'm John Founder of HomeEXCEPT.com here in Halifax. We have a few hundred of our early generation technology that we want to donate instead of recycle. Great fun for electronics makers who want try out various ambient sensors. Each unit has about $200 street value of components.

Yes. They are free.

Here's video of what's in the units. https://youtu.be/rxOqe0CSeek

If you're interested send me a note here. First come, first serve.

Shawn Wilson

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Jul 22, 2021, 12:50:02 PMJul 22
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Thanks for sharing, John.  That seems to be a cool little unit.  Some questions:
1) I assume you want to donate all of them to a single taker?   Is each unit individually boxed?  You said there were hundreds.  How much space do they take up?
2) Are there power supplies for them?  If not, what do they need for power?
3) Is there any documentation publicly available for your sensor board?
4) Are the SD cards formatted?  If not, are you able to share the root password for them?

Thanks,
Shawn

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Jul 22, 2021, 1:27:31 PMJul 22
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Hi John,
Definitely interested. I can take them off your hands, and make them available to anyone who would like one.

Bill

John Robertson

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Jul 22, 2021, 2:39:42 PMJul 22
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Thanks for your interest guys. Perhaps the easiest thing is stop by and take a look. The inventory takes up about a 6 x 6 x 8 footprint. I'm in the North End if you want to text me.... 902-710-6008. If Bill can take them and hand out to anyone interested that would be awesome. 

Cheers

Martin Bruchanov

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Jul 22, 2021, 4:25:47 PMJul 22
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Hi, interesting, I would take a few to play with :)

Looks like it is based on RaLink RT5370N.


Thank you!
BruXy

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Baha Baydar

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Jul 22, 2021, 4:40:25 PMJul 22
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I'd be interested in a few as well. 



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Bill Morrow

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Jul 22, 2021, 6:01:01 PMJul 22
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I'm out of town for the weekend, leaving about noon tomorrow. Is Monday ok

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John Robertson

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Sounds good. Cheers. 



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David hamp-gonsalves

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Jul 24, 2021, 7:04:07 PMJul 24
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I would love a few of these units whenever they are ready to be distributed.

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Jul 26, 2021, 11:02:05 AMJul 26
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Hi all, I picked up a little over half of John's donation this morning. I haven't done a serious count but there are about:

* 500 or more of the HOMEexcept devices John shows in his video. These include
 - 16 GB SD card
 - https://www.acmesystems.it/arietta Arietta G25 - Linux embedded system on module with added wifi module
- HOMEexcept sensor board as John described
* a few tens of Raspberry PI 4 enclosures
   - I am claiming one for picking up the donation, and will kick some funds to HMS in return.

There's miscellaneous other equipment in one box I haven't gone through yet. Some wall wart power supplies, Rock64 Pi knockoff.

If you are interested in any of this collection, let me know and we can meet up get it to you.

Thank you for the treasure trove, John!


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John Robertson

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Jul 26, 2021, 12:01:04 PMJul 26
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You’re very welcome. Thank-you for picking it up.

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Jul 26, 2021, 6:37:38 PMJul 26
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Update:
1) I found more goodies. John, please let me know if any of this was included by mistake.
   * a 4 GB Raspberry Pi 4, c/w kit of cooling fan, heat sinks, case
   * Rock64 Pi clone, c/w case and power supply
   * a couple of fairly decent soldering irons. Not temperature controlled at first glance
   * nRF52833 development kit, three of them. This is a high end Arduino ecosystem board: https://www.nordicsemi.com/Products/Development-hardware/nRF52833-DK/GetStarted#infotabs

I would like to use the Pi 4 as a 3D printer controller, on the Monoprice for now, and for both the Monoprice and Prusa printers when we have them together.

2) I got one of the Ariettta G25 SOCs to boot using the Debian Jessie image provided by Acme Systems. https://www.acmesystems.it/download_arietta  It's about as responsive as Pi 2 

I'm updating Debian to a more recent version, and will include a copy of the SD card with any I'm distributing. 

John Robertson

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Jul 26, 2021, 8:24:27 PMJul 26
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All good. Anything there is for you to use. 

Cheers

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Shawn Wilson

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Jul 27, 2021, 8:51:49 AMJul 27
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Thanks, Bill, I am sure having a ready-to-go SD will save a lot of people a lot of time.

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Shawn Wilson

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Jul 27, 2021, 8:40:38 PMJul 27
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Thanks, Bill, I got my goodie box today  :)

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Jul 28, 2021, 12:40:45 PMJul 28
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I picked up the remainder of John's donation yesterday. He threw in about 20 of an earlier version of their product. It uses (I think) a Particle Boron microcontroller, which does cellular data. https://store.particle.io/collections/cellular/products/boron-lte-cat-m1-noram-ethersim

Includes a power supply so it runs off household power, a 2000mah LiPo battery for backup power and HomeEx's sensor set. 

Free for the asking, or a donation to HMS if you are so inclined.

Alpha01_001.jpegAlpha01_002.jpeg 

Adam Cox

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Jul 28, 2021, 11:01:20 PMJul 28
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Hey Bill, 
Thanks for taking this on for the maker community! I don't know how many people have reached out to you so I don't want to be greedy, but if there are hundreds then I'd gladly take a dozen off your hands to run a few projects I've had in mind.
Cheers,
Adam

Bill Morrow

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Jul 29, 2021, 11:26:16 AMJul 29
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Hi Adam,
There are only about 20 of the cellular based ones. I gave you four (I think) in a box in the laser cutter room, plus some samples of the other stuff.

I think I will ebay the small enclosures. They are worth $20K retail, so even at 10%, worth seeing if we can get some funds.

John Robertson

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Jul 29, 2021, 12:36:17 PMJul 29
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Great idea Bill. Love seeing this stuff get put to good use. 



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