Bangkok Mini-Maker Faire: January 21-22, 2017

January 19, 2017 ProgressTH 

If you are in Bangkok this week, be sure to drop by The Street on Ratchada Road (near Thai Cultural Center MRT Station) and check out Bangkok's second annual Mini-Maker Faire.

We've seen the line up and there are a lot of friends there from both Thailand and across Asia and beyond.

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ProgressTH will be at A6 displaying our work with local healthcare professionals and researchers as well as our completed weather station from FARM HACK 2.0 at FabCafe Bangkok last month.

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Medical Maker Project Continues

January 17, 2017 | ProgressTH

Since mid-2015, we've been working with the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH) based here in Bangkok to develop prototypes and working articles for nurses, technicians, and doctors to improve their workflow and overcome challenges they face in their day-to-day routines.

This year we aim to expand this program further, by organizing regular hackathons that pair hospital staff up with designers and engineers in one and two-day sessions to solve even more problems and reach out to more hospitals and medical institutes.

We also hope to encourage QSNICH and other hospitals to consider bringing fabrication in-house, with their own biomedical designer to work with staff on a day-to-day basis. While we have been able to cut down time by years and reduce costs significantly, in-house operations overseen directly by the hospital would speed things up even further.

To see what's been done so far, take a look at these 7 projects.

1. Dermatology Tool 

Children in the dermatology department were easily scared by existing tools used to take skin samples for diagnosing conditions. 

The solution was a customized 3D printed plastic bladed tool created in a variety of colors and featuring different cartoon characters on the end of the handle.

3D Printed IoT Weather Station Prototype in the Wild

December 26, 2016 | ProgressTH 

Recently, we've been working on a 3D printed, WiFi connected (Internet of Things or IoT) weather station for local farms. We have planned to make three V.1 stations; one for our rooftop garden, and two for farms outside of the city.

We've finally deployed the first V.1 station on the rooftop. We'll work out any issues that arise with this one (including issues transmitting data through the concrete roof), and modify the other two in this series. Finishing the first station required a few extra steps since our last update here.

First, we needed to modify the NodeMCU Arduino code to put the system to sleep for 10 minutes in between transmitting data. This extended the 9V 1600mA sealed lead-acid battery's life from 4-5 hours per full charge to 41 hours.

Then we needed to design and 3D print a bracket assembly to hold the solar panel in place atop the station's mast.

The Arudino code is at the end of the article. We've uploaded the 3D design files for the solar panel bracket to Thingiverse and included the SketchUp 2015 file so people can modify the design to fit the panels they have. 

Above is the read out of the rooftop station. It updates every 10 minutes, day and night. See the Arduino code after the break.