Archives June 2017

Building Automation & Mechanical Drawing Edits

I have experience editing mechanical drawings to create a visual interactive graphic to show room temperatures and thermostat locations for building engineers. My finished products give an engineer a glimpse at a buildings temperature, humidity and set points to determine problem areas and be able to address hot/cold calls quickly.

I am Tridium Niagara Software certified and have experience with building automation software inside and out.

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Software – Comprehensive Point-of-Sale System

Around 2012 I was contracted to create a custom E-Commerce system to allow for custom categorizing of cell phone, tablet and computer accessories and their associative devices. It was a success. It covered all the business needs to sell online. It was later evolved to also sell on other online marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Bonanza.

The clients were so happy with what the system can manage as far as inventory, orders and users that they hired me full-time. I was then tasked to build a system for their storefront locations. The system I created showed updated inventory across the company (stores, warehouse and sold online inventory). I created a point-of-sale system to replace a system by B2B soft that focused on phone carriers and phone activations.

My POS system offers phone activations, bill payments, device repair orders and much more. It does sales, exchanges, returns, split tenders, price updates and store credits. My point of sale works with multiple store locations, users, and chip and pin credit card machines. I have experience with Virtual Merchant, Converge Pay API and the Ingenico is250 Touch.

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Beach Flying at the Dunes

Went to the Indiana dunes with some friends. Had to bring the plane. I kind of got in trouble for flying at a national park. Silly rules but worth it for some good videos. Check it out, video 1 and 2 we’re flying from the parking lot to get some good views. Video 3 was over Lake Michigan and the beach.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

 

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USB Distance Sensor and Software

I have created a simple distance sensing device with an Arduino Mega and an ultrasonic distance sensor to measure up to 5 feet. Also it is communicating to the host computer via USB at 115200 baud which allows for fast data updates and precision.

Below is a mockup of the software to customize and extend the uses of the device. Do anything from scroll through the web with hand gestures or create an invisible tripwire in your room or doorway. You can even use it to count customers entering your store or how many times your front door opened throughout the day.

Use if for real world data analytics or to improve energy efficiency around the house .

I plan to sell my distance device for a low price to get it into people’s hands and to cover my time in the software. I believe the software to this product will create the most value to average customers of all ages. My price point in mind is $24 on a production scale. But if you have a useful idea for this that has distance measuring needs I would create a custom one with some basic software for $50. It can be expanded on and it’s open source so all the code is available online.

Over the weekend my friends and I had a chuckle by creating a tripline to play randomized fart sound effects. Anything someone would grab a beer in the kitchen they would get a new fart noise. Goofy but a good example of the many uses it can serve. My favorite is scrolling through web pages when reading articles online. You can control volume or skip the song on iTunes. My devices is like a one dimensional Leap Motion. A Leap motion can see your hands in 3D and can do endless number of gestures. to control your computer, interface with software or play guys with your hands being the controllers.

Checkout the Store to see if it pops up in the near future. 😉

Goodbye for now.
-Joe

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RC Plane Stunt Flying

Flying at Jefferson St and Larkin Ave in Joliet

Went out with my beautiful girlfriend, Maritza today and took a short flight with my Bixler 1.1 from Hobbyking. Also flying with my Mobius action camera that I feel is way better for the size, weight, form factor and price over the GoPro camera line. Anyway without further adieu, here are my back to back flights on the same 11.1V 3S Lipo battery.

Flight #1 at K-Mart in Joliet

Flight #2 Stunt Flying

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