Turning a Bug into a Feature

I recently had a chat with my physiotherapist to fix the neck pain I have experienced more and more in the past few months.

He advised me to stretch my shoulders and neck. Better than a single 30-minute stretching session at the end of the day, he advised taking frequent 5-minute breaks during the day.

I recently discovered that the PIR sensors into Philips Hue devices require active movement, and not actual presence to be activated. This means that when I sit at my desk for an extended period of time, the sensor feels like nobody is in the room.

It was just enough to turn the timeout time for the sensor in my studio to 25 minutes, and I now have a perfect system that fixes both of m problems during the day: stretching my neck and shoulders and fully automate the lighting of my studio.

When I walk into the room, the lights turn on, and after 25 minutes after I leave the room, the lights turn off. When I’m working, if the lights turn off, it’s about time to stand up, stretch a little bit, drink a glass of water, and get back to work.

I also have a complicated node-red config that allows me to trigger on and off the sensor, so to avoid the awkward darkness during extended video meetings. But this is another story, so I’ll save it for another post.

WordCamp Milan 2018

I’ll be attending WordCamp Milan this weekend, and I’ll be contributing the Contributor Day.

If you are around, don’t forget to come by and say hi!

A Better Cacio e Pepe

I am a big fan of Cacio e Pepe pasta, and I spent quite some time perfecting my version of it. In the coming days, I’ll try this version, that’s just a bit different from mine and I’ll see if it’s really better.

Let’s see!

Autonomous Driving

This video from BMW explains the 5 levels of autonomous driving. Spoiler: we are already at level 2, on a few high-end car models.

Volvo just presented Vera, the future of autonomous transport. Designed to operate on short distance high-volume tasks, this system is fully autonomous and it does not even have a driving cabin.

But the best example comes from Dominos’s pizza. They are already testing autonomous deliveries, taking full advantage of this amazing technology.

I can’t wait to see what’s next for this exciting opportunity in the transport industry!