Today Google has released a bunch of new features for the Google+ API. One feature that particulary striked my eye (just after I have released my new website including this blog) was the possibility to obtain the comments for a specific activity.
Despite the fact that it's currently only a one-way feature (i.e. you can get comments but not write new ones), why not using it as a commenting system for a blog? Sure, it's not very useful right now if the only possibility to add a new comment is to head over to the corresponding Google+ post. But as soon as writing is allowed, this could serve as a great way to outsource the commenting system to Google+, where one can probably reach a much higher range of persons compared to one's personal website.
Here it is! After a month of coding, designing, (lots of) translating and last but not least procrastinating, I have finished working on my new website. The site (including all blog articles) is now available as well in English as in German.
Recently Google introduced a new API which enables developers to interact with their latest social networking service - Google+. Although the API is currently pretty limited, many nice apps have been written by developers all over the world. I myself gave it a try, too.
During a moment of boredom I decided to build an IR remote for my Nikon camera. Turned out it is a very simple and cheap project, perfect for a day with nothing else to do. The remote operates easily on distances of about 15 - 20 meters. It may be even more, but I haven't tested it yet.
Basically the remote contains a microcontroller which is powered by pressing the button. The controller then toggles an infrared LED at a frequency of about 38kHz and by that transmits the correct pattern to the camera. The remote is equivalent to Nikon's ML-L3 remote and works with a wide range of their cameras.
The self-adjusting solar cell is a device that follows the sun automatically. By that it is able to gain a high amount of energy throughout the day. With this construction I have won the first prize in the "Stawag Solarfreaks" competiton 2008.