Shrimping in the Pennines

Andrew Back
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No, your eyes are not deceiving you and there is a simple explanation to the curious title of this post!

The Pennines are a range of hills that have been described as the backbone of England, and as this would suggest, are some distance from the sea. However, in a few weeks time the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge will once again play host to Open Source Hardware Camp (OSHCamp), and Embecosm will be running a ShrimpingIt workshop on the Sunday.

This year OSHCamp is being hosted as part of a technology festival called Wuthering Bytes, with talks and workshops spanning design, hardware and software development, IoT, wireless and even amateur satellites, and the event programme is well worth a look*.

Beginner and advanced projects

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Shrimping workshop participants will be able to choose between two projects: a persistence-of-vision (PoV) one that is aimed at novices but which is also happens to be quite good fun, and a more advanced face tracking project.

The face tracking project uses a webcam with an OpenCV application running on a Linux host, that connects over USB to the Arduino-compatible Shrimp, which in turn drives servo motors which steer the webcam. The software for this project is available via ESP 9 and work experience student, Adam, published a blog post about it last month.

The workshop will be run by Dr Jeremy Bennett and Simon Cook.

Energy measurement talk and workshop

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On the Saturday of OSHCamp James Pallister will be giving a talk on measuring energy consumption in embedded systems, drawing upon Embecosm’s research in this area. On the Sunday James is running a workshop that follows on from his talk and at which participants will have the opportunity to profile their own embedded applications.

Supporting the Community

As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting the community, Embecosm will supplying the kits for the Shrimping workshop along with a number of EHW1 USB UARTs for loading Arduino sketches.

* Disclosure: I’m also one of the Wuthering Bytes organisers.

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