Monthly Roundup: 12/5/16

Ben spent most of the last month glued to his computer, working on product development, Horatio updates, and lots and lots of coding. But that’s not to say it wasn’t an exciting month! Here’s a few peeks at what we’ve been up to:

  • We created a mockup for a public art installation in downtown Pittsburgh, which includes a web-portal control interface for an RGBW light. The controller also tracks temperature and humidity, since the lights in this installation are going to live in some pretty extreme conditions. (More on that soon!)
  • The new revision of the Horatio hardware now sports an internal battery backup, allowing us to distinguish between a power failure and a network failure.
  • We have a new system in the works (Code Name: Prometheus), and we’re getting close to a beta release and announcement. Can’t say more than that yet, but we’ll have more details for you in next month’s roundup post!

Monthly Roundup: 11/7/16

It’s almost two weeks since Ben got back from LDI, and we’ve finally recovered enough to post an update! The show went really well – Ben got the chance to talk to a lot of great people, the comfy chairs were a hit, and we even won an award! We’re not sure what for exactly, but you can check out the Barnelli Awards on Twitter to see the other winners – we’re in good company! We’re pretty sure it’s because they figured out the secret messages hidden in our booth. (Did you? You’ve got all the clues you need in the photos below – first person to figure it out and leave a comment below wins a prize!)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and made our first time exhibiting at LDI so successful. If you didn’t make it to the show, check out the photos below to see what you missed!

Monthly Roundup – and some Big News!

It’s been a big month for us here at BPI!  We moved out of the old shop (just in time, since that huge storm blew out a window – if we hadn’t already moved Ben’s office out, all the computers and electronics would have been soaked!), and we’re mostly settled into the new shop.  I’ve been organizing the office, while Ben got the router set up in its new home and started organizing the electronics shop.  Meanwhile, the littlest member of our team has settled right into her office – we’re pretty sure she’d be happy to just move in there and never come home.

We got the move done just in time, since cue light season is back in full swing – we’re shipping 6 Prospero units in the next six weeks – and Ben is about to do a beta installation of Horatio Outdoor.  He’s also continuing development on the Midi Show Control box, which should be done by mid-October.

We’ve also got some exciting news:  we’re exhibiting at LDI for the first time this year!  I’ve gone into master planning mode, making schedules and designing the booth, while Ben gets Horatio and Prospero ready to show off to the world.  It’s going to be a crazy couple of months, but we’re excited.  If you’re going to be at LDI, drop us a line, and stop by to chat with Ben – Booth #1782!

Weekly Roundup: 7/4/16

Ben and Horatio had a busy week last week, with great news on several different fronts. We made arrangements for the installation of Horatio Outdoor beta units in two different locations and applications (more on that in the weeks to come!), and Ben spent some time in the shop doing an overhaul of Horatio’s email alert system, to make it more streamlined and easy to use. Meanwhile, the Horatio at the Petersen Automotive Museum, one of our very first installations, celebrated 5 months of continuous uptime this week (that’s 152 days!).

Ben also continued working with Clear Story to develop a custom 4-universe lighting controller, all while avoiding being pressure washed through the shop’s leaky windows.

Weekly Roundup: 6/27/16

Ben’s been busy with several top-secret projects this week (more on those in the next few months), but he also found time to do some more development on the outdoor Horatio unit that we’ll be beta testing soon.  This week he was mostly working with those giant metal halide lamps he acquired last week – setting up a system to log data as they cycled, and then analyzing that data (graph of a single lamp striking below).  He then used that data to create an algorithm that remotely detects lamp strikes, which will allow the new Horatio to monitor outdoor lighting in a variety of applications.

Coffee geek that he is, Ben also discovered that Aeropress Inverted is a thing, and he’s been brewing his coffee that way all week.  He says it’s even better than the standard Aeropress method – which is pretty good all on its own!

Weekly Roundup: 6/20/16 (well, really, it’s most of the month of June)

It’s been a busy month here at BPI, starting with the grand opening of the Water Cube downtown, followed by the smallest member of our team turning three!  Her birthday presents included a puzzle featuring guys in hard hats (just like her dad!), a camera, and a tutu.  Also a cake with math on it – she’s a well-rounded kid.

Immediately after the birthday festivities, Ben jumped into work on two different custom Horatio installations, which included finding and playing with some used metal halide lamps:  he needed to figure out how to monitor the life span of similar lamps that will be integrated with one of the Horatios.  Being the geek that he is, he was super excited to find that Carnegie Mellon’s facilities department had boxes of old lamps lying around for the taking…  (For scale reference, each of those lamps is about 9 inches long.)

To round out the last week, Ben also did a pre-inspection for a school district that he’ll be doing rigging inspections for soon.  Summer is the season for inspections, since so many theaters are dark!

Weekly Roundup: 5/30/16

Ben had a crazy schedule last week, working on at least 3 different projects every day and taking him everywhere from 2 different construction sites to the Water Cube downtown, The Beauty Shoppe in East Liberty, and at least three different coffee shops.

He installed a DIN rail Horatio in a newly-built office building (surface-mounted inside the rack, since there was no more space for a rack-mount version), cleaned up some programming for the Water Cube’s grand opening next Thursday, had great meetings with a bunch of interesting people doing interesting things (more on that later), and attended an Internet of Things panel hosted by Fygment, a great local organization that’s bringing together entrepreneurs of all kinds in Pittsburgh.

Upon returning to the shop at the end of a long day, he also discovered that someone had logged into the Horatio demo site and played with the lights while he was away. (Hello, whoever you are, and thanks for the blue disco lighting!)