DCSquares for Playdate

With the news that Playdate group 4 will finally start shipping soon, I’ve spent the weekend porting DCSquares to the #PlaydateSDK.

DCSquares was originally released as a homebrew game for the SEGA Dreamcast in 2004, and has been ported to various other platforms over the past 20 years.

Here’s a sneak peek of a very early prototype running on the Playdate simulator. The original game relies heavily on colors, so adapting it to a monochrome display was quite a challenge!

Cherry tomatoes 🍅

Shot on Olympus E-m10 Mark II camera with 40-150mm lens and 26mm extension tube

Peppermint Tea ☕️

Shot on Olympus E-m10 Mark II camera with 14-42mm lens

#photography #CloseUpPhotography #CloseUp #MacroPhotography #macro #tea #em10mark2 #1442mm​

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A few flowers have started developing into tomatoes!

Shot on Olympus E-m10 Mark II camera with 40-150mm lens and 26mm extension tube

#MacroPhotography #gardening #AeroGarden #plants #flowers #tomatoes #em10mark2 #40150mm​

Breakfast tacos 🌮

Scrambled egg, turkey sausage, diced tomato, fresh chives, hot sauce, and queso sauce on a tomato basil tortilla.

#cooking #food #breakfast #tacos​

My cherry tomato plants are starting to bloom

Soon it will be time to pollinate them. 🐝🌼

Shot on Olympus E-m10 Mark II camera with 40-150mm lens and 26mm extension tube

#MacroPhotography #gardening #AeroGarden #plants #flowers #tomatoes #rosemary #em10mark2 #40150mm​

Galaxy II by Epoch (1981) VFD

I removed the plastic shell and magnification lens to get up close to the VFD with my camera, but I left the colored film that’s used to tint parts of the display. It makes an interesting honeycomb pattern in the macro lens!

Trying to sync up the exposure time with the flickery animations was quite a challenge.

Shot on Olympus E-m10 Mark II camera with 40-150mm lens and 26mm extension tube

#MacroPhotography #RetroGaming #em10mark2 #40150mm​

Water Level Measurement

Last weekend I mounted an @adafruit VL6180X distance sensor underneath the grow platform. It uses a laser to measure how far away the surface of the water is, and then I subtract that from the height to determine how full the tank is.

I previously tried this with a RCWL-9620 ultrasonic distance sensor, however condensation would start to build up on the speaker grills and produce inaccurate readings. Hopefully the laser will be more accurate in this environment!

I’ve also started to use the built-in status LED to indicate when it’s time to add nutrients and when the water level is low.

#project #projects #gardening #AeroGarden #microcontroller #esp32 #ESPHome #HomeAssistant​

M5Stack Atom Lite

I recently bought a couple of #M5Stack Atom Lites to use as bluetooth proxies for #HomeAssistant around my apartment. Much easier than trying to work around the issues with USB device forwarding on my Linux VM.

Shot on Olympus E-m10 Mark II camera with 40-150mm lens and 10mm extension tube

#MacroPhotography #esphome #esp32 #em10mark2 #40150mm​

Scallions 🧅

Shot on Olympus E-m10 Mark II camera with 40-150mm lens and 10mm extension tube

#gardening #plants #em10mark2 #40150mm​