By: Mat Lee
Anyone who deals with computer technology in a hobby-type builder fashion may be familiar with the Raspberry Pi. It’s a low cost, high performance computer that lets you build things around it. It runs a version of Linux from an SD card and is powered by a USB phone charger. All this in a mobile form factor.
That’s all well and good, but why do we care in a cannabis business journal? I’m glad I asked. Have you ever heard of the Dabberry Pi? Chances are, unless you’ve been at one of the recent expos or conferences David Hansen, inventor of the Dabberry Pi has been at, you probably haven’t. I caught up with him at the Olympia Hempfest for a quick interview and demo of this awesome automated enail he’s come up with.
Keep in mind, this is a super early alpha prototype, and David says the next version will look much more clean with a flush mounted touch screen and more intuitive interface. You definitely won’t be able to get your hands on one anytime soon, but because I know a lot of our readers share my fascination with technology, I thought it would be cool to cover.
Before we get into that, let’s talk about what you can get from them right now. As some of you who were at the Olympia Hempfest know, they were also displaying their full line of nail boxes, kits, and pails. If you check out their website at Dab.Land, you can see what they have to offer. The website has a nice, clean, responsive design. Everything is easy to navigate, which makes finding what you want a pleasant experience.
What’s the difference between their enails and most other enails out on the market? The internals of course. You can get a cheaply made enail with low grade internal components, and have issues burning out coils, or worse. From personal experience, I can tell you that it’s a pretty scary split second or two when you and your friends are hanging out, warming up the enail, and all of the sudden the coil starts smoking and the breaker blows. I won’t say which enail that was, just know you should always be careful with what you buy from an Instagram auction.
So knowing that internals are the most important part of the enail, David and his team went to great lengths to make sure everything was of the highest quality and standards. It’s all about quality control. They also come with a one year warranty.
On the Dabberry Pi side, David did all of the stack development from beginning to end. David’s background is in I.T. So he’s no stranger to making hardware and software work well with each other. David met Chris from Dab.Land, who was selling the lunch boxes. Basically a base unit wrapped inside a cool lunch box. David had been playing with the Raspberry Pi pretty much since they first came out, and had this cool idea. Why not put the Raspberry Pi technology to work in an enail? Countless hours, blood, sweat, and tears later, and the Raspberry Pi was born.
David wrote a python script, that when it runs, controls the enail. He plans to write all of this into a software PID that will be controlled through the touch screen. Once that’s done, he can then attach the control to a web gui, which will allow him to run the enail remotely. Plus, it’s running on a computer, so you can play video games, watch movies, and even live stream the dab session to Facebook and Instagram eventually. If you ask me, this completely changes the game when it comes to all of us geeks trying to film ourselves taking dabs for social media. It’s always such an awkward experience trying to get the right angle and shot in the middle of a dab session. I feel like this is going to eliminate a lot of that.
When I asked David why he built this, his first answer was, “Because I’m a F****NG GEEK.” That right there is why I love this guy. The Dabberry Pi was built by geeks, for geeks to love to dab. David says, “The idea came to me, I did some R&D, realized how easy it was to do, and I did it.”
Once you have the technology there, you can do all sorts of fun stuff. David also plans to incorporate an Arduino board in between the Raspberry Pi and the thermocoupler. That will allow the enail to run without having the Raspberry Pi being on. Which means the enail will work without the screen. But if you want to turn on the touch interface and have more control or features or remote access, you’ll hit a button and power up the Raspberry Pi.
The other cool thing about having a computer in your enail, is all of the data you can log and compile into useful information. How much wattage is being used? David says energy efficiency is critical nowadays. He says these enails only draw 5.3 watts. David wants to be able to show the users and power companies how much energy they are using.
Along these same energy efficient lines, he says you also have the ability to schedule the enail to turn on at certain times, and off at others. That way you never have to worry about falling asleep before you remember to turn your enail off. Set it to turn on at 7:10 pm and off by 1 am. That way if you have a particularly intense dab session, you can happily pass out worry free. You might be asking yourself if that is really enough of an issue to warrant all of this amazing technology?
Yes, why yes it is. As a fellow technology geek and daily dabber, I’ve passed out many evenings in a sweet blissful cloud of cannabis smoke and have awoken to find my nail still sitting at 650 degrees fahrenheit. Sure it’s amazing to wake and bake to a piping hot enail, especially if you live in a region that gets snow. But it’s even more amazing to know that your enail will remember to turn itself off if you don’t, and will remember to turn itself on when you wake up. Just like a coffee pot.
Because it’s all Linux, and David shares the same affinity for open source software as I do, he plans to release it one day under the open source GPL. His vision is to one day release kits to the public so you can build and hack on your own Dabberry Pi. David says, “Anybody out there who is keeping their knowledge and their software secret, is doing a disservice to humankind.”