The Tide Machine: The Fun, Internet Connected Widget Displaying Surf Height

Friday, 26 September 2014

I love when people bring technology and the outdoors together in unique ways so I knew this project was right up my alley as soon as I stumbled upon it.

What you are looking at here is called the Tide Machine. It's a simple, internet-connected surfboard that reports the current wave height from your favourite weather buoy.

Here is a quick video to see it in action:

The hardware to make the surfboard move is very simple and only requires a couple of quick pieces that you can purchase from LittleBits Electronics, a company specialises in making lots of internet connected servos, sensors and lights. All the bits that a do-it-yourselfer needs to make an automatic dog feeder, thermostat adjuster, or mini weather station. It's a tinkering nerd's paradise.

The Tide Machine is a clever little system that makes use of a couple servos that connects to the internet to read and display the online wave reports from Surfline.

Now picture in your head the envoy of your office buddies as you proudly display this on your desk. Now picture in your head how distracting it will be for you. Don’t build this whatever you do, you won't get any work accomplished and your boss will be mad.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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