Ad Ackbar team, Carriots First Development Challenge winners has accepted to answer some questions about his “Imperial Pig” project. They send us their demo video and they allowed us to upload it to You Tube. This task was performed by our challenge collaborator DomokunM2M: Imperial Pig – Ad Agbar – Carriots challenge demo video
This is the video:
This is the interview:
Carriots: Please, introduce your team
Ad Ackbar: We are two chilean based developers. Jorge does the electronics and I, José Luis, deal with the programming part and Carriots integration.
Carriots: How did you know about Carriots?
Ad Ackbar: We’ve seen Carriots in Postcapes. It seemed quite simple to do a simple proof of concept project.
Carriots: What is your IoT experience?
Ad Ackbar: We’ve played around with some Arduino experiments and tried Raspberry Pi as a media centre. We do not have much background in this kind of projects, but our “Imperial pig” experience has been a good start.
Carriots: How long did it take to do this project?
Ad Ackbar: It’s difficult to have an exact effort estimation. We’ve worked on it on weekends an spare time and started some weeks ago. We’ve spent some days experimenting before we decided to participate in the challenge. Since then, I think no more than a week of effective work.
Carriots: Tell us more about the project. From the idea to the implementation.
Ad Ackbar: At the office someone always starts some quiz competition around geek themes. Discussions often goes far enough to take wikipedia and/or youtube to decide who holds the truth or the final answer.
When Carriots published the Domokun stuffed toy tutorial we take the code, a Raspberry Pi and two speakers just to make our “Imperial pig” play the voice with the final word. The challenge was just the natural way to improve it. We have to put all the electronic stuff in it, solve communication and power issues and that’s all!
Jorge did the buttons, speaker and power implementations. And I did the integration with Carriots and the quiz logic. The Domokun stuffed toy tutorial was a very good start point since most of the logic was already coded and tested. We also used the button tricks from the forum discussion.
Components are: Raspberry Pi, SD card, portable speaker, battery pack, wi-fi dongle and some electronic stuff (resistors, buttons, wires, etc.)
Carriots: Where did you buy the hardware?
Ad Ackbar: Element14, adafruit and dealextreme.
Carriots: Which aspect of Carriots do you prefer?
Ad Ackbar: Simplicity, arbitrary code execution and the events system.
Carriots: Which aspect of Carriots would you improve?
Ad Ackbar: Documentation, alarm processing and debug for developers.
Carriots: Will you continue with the project?
Ad Ackbar: We don’t really know, perhaps implement the screen option could be the next feature.
Carriots: Any recommendation for future challengers?
Ad Ackbar: I can recommend challengers to try it, you will learn a lot of useful and fun concepts.
Carriots: How will you spend the money prize?
Ad Ackbar: We will buy Star Wars stuff for the office and a screen to complete the toy.