Building a Smart Boat

Last year, we bought a boat. She’s old, and she’s slow, but she floats and sails and that’s pretty cool. There’s not much to ole Mariah, but the guy that sold her to us included a solar panel to charge cell phones and power a small lamp, and that idea of owning something and making it your own to solve a problem put a little tickle in the back of my head. I knew that I wanted to make this boat my own, but I wasn’t sure how.

I think most people would take an old boat and gut the interior, give her some fresh varnish, or do some other cosmetic project. Mariah needs all of that, but I wanted to do something that I hadn’t seen anyone else do before. I was going to give her a brain.

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Control a Raspberry Pi with Node.js

In the last few years, I’ve ended up with a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and a handful of LEDs and other gizmos that have been sitting in a box under my desk. All of the new AWS IoT announcements piqued my curiosity again, and I finally found the time to sit down and play with my toys. I wanted to put my web dev knowledge to work, so I figured I’d learn to control the Raspberry Pi with Node.js.

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