June 4, 2013
I like robotics and automation. Currently I would like to get a project going to use embedded Linux devices to build mini self sustaining communications platforms. The idea is to set up a wifi meshed network, where each node can have additional functions like a live cam, ham digipeater, provide public wifi, or one of several other really cool add-on features. Each box will be powered by either solar or wind, and will only weigh a few pounds. You place them on a few mountain tops and we have a high speed emergency communications network. People could setup stations at their houses. Leave one at a geocache site in a tree if you want. I have not decided whether this should be limited to Ham radio frequencies yet or not, but I am leaning toward a closed secure network, with public onramps for emergency use. A public onramp might be a through a open ssid over wifi, or monitoring of FMRS, or GMRS or even CB frequencies using SDR.
Systems integration and Human interface design or human factors, whatever "they"are calling it today.
These days I teach Cisco and Microsoft technologies. I am a ham radio operator, love anything wireless or RC related.