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Pump Monitoring Win

Posted by ntewinkel Top Member Aug 14, 2018
The good news is: My little Wemos D1 based pump monitor works!   The bad news is: The anomaly detected by my pump monitor was real and required physical labour to correct     In a nutshell - You might recall that I had a WiFi temperature sensor set up for my hummingbird feeder during the winter. It is based on an ESP-01 module, and I used it to take regular temperature readings and send it to my server. From there I could then see the graph of the temperature.   Earlier i ...
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Figuring out the CNC

Posted by ntewinkel Top Member Aug 2, 2018
I was lucky enough to win a shopping cart prize earlier this year in the Arduino contest, and element14 was nice enough to send me this lovely little CNC machine:   Here is the link to it, by PCDuino: http://canada.newark.com/pcduino/108302018/cnc-engraver-assembled/dp/33AC0136 Sadly, I see it is no longer being manufactured. And I can't find any other cnc machines in this size or price range here. I do see you can get many just like them off eBay for similar pricing though. Some (lots ...
Hi all,   I just kind of randomly came across a thread discussing using nail polish to cover electrical connections to avoid shorts, especially for the backs of home made PCBs. There are commercially available "conformal coatings" you can use, but they are somewhat more pricey, and I guess a fair bit more boring   So I went to the dollar store yesterday and picked me up some of this!   Only $1.50 (Canadian dollars even!) I was thinking I might use it on a past or future PC ...
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3.3v USB adapter

Posted by ntewinkel Top Member Feb 13, 2018
I've been working on putting an old ESP-01 module to use as a remote sensor, and it requires 3.3v power. It's a very barebones board, so that power needs to be supplied to it somehow.   For the final project I want it to be battery powered, but in the meantime I wanted to just be able to easily hook it up to a cell phone charger.   So I thought I'd be clever and wire up an AMS1117-3.3 to a small micro-usb adapter board I had bought a while back. Oh and did I mention I only have the ...
Hello all!   I just received a nice TI Wireless Bluetooth Digital Multimeter to try out, courtesy of Texas Instruments and Element14 - very cool!   This is what was in the box (so hey, this is also, sort of, an unboxing blog post!). It came with a small bit of paperwork on how to use it...   Here's a closer picture of the unit. I've combined two pictures, back and front, so you can see what it looks like: As with any multimeter, it still needs a couple of test leads conne ...
You knew it had to happen one day...   I set up my Raspberry Pi (2) to play videos for my cats     -Nico ...
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Kitty Cam update

Posted by ntewinkel Top Member Feb 5, 2016
Further to the Kitty Cam , I now have it all tucked away into one convenient tin (a Thule tin that came with my roof rack). One big advantage of this setup is that none of the lights show, making it much less suspicious looking to any critter that might stop by.     I had to use elastics because the wires that plug onto the RPi pins have connectors that are just a little too tall to allow the lid to snap shut.   That contraption at the top is a makeshift USB extender to get t ...
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Kitty Cam

Posted by ntewinkel Top Member Jan 24, 2016
I’m getting closer to finishing the Kitty Cam.   This is a project I started because a couple of people in my area have lost their kitties, and are hoping to catch them again to bring them home so they can give the kitties the pampered lives they deserve (that's the birthright of all kitties, of course!).   I had been setting out game cameras around the yard for other reasons, which is why I refer to them as "critter cams" because I use them to spy on the critters that freque ...
Here is a video of Charlie trying to work the cat treat dispenser...   Will he press the button?   ...
I finished* the cat treat dispenser today!   Charlie gave it the once over to see how it works.   Here he is demonstrating the part he's most impressed with (i.e., the food)   Click the mouse button to get treats   So far he just sits there waiting for me to press the magic button, but he's getting very close to pressing it himself!   Cheers, -Nico   *Finished means it works, but I'll most likely be making improvements and modifications over time ...
Charlie finds a use for the AREXX robot arm     (ps, sorry for the poor quality - in my hurry I used the video capture of the text messaging app. Hopefully he'll pose for a better video in the future) ...
Hi All,   I thought I'd share a video of what is included in the AREXX Robot Arm kit: 28-13530 - Buy AREXX 28-13530 Online at Newark element14 There is also a "pro" version available, which is bigger and is fully made of metal, where this mini version uses some plastic in the arm.   For more information you can also visit the manufacturer's website: AREXX ENGINEERING or directly to the robot arm section: ROBOT ARM DOCUMENTATION & SOFTWARE WEBSITE   ...
A while ago I received a Raspberry Pi 2 model B - the new and improved faster version of the Raspberry Pi. I already had a Raspberry Pi B+, so it was neat to be able to compare the two.   Unboxing Here are some first impression pictures: The Pi2 (on the right) has a box that's thicker, to accommodate the new "manual", which is more or less just a whole lot of legal stuff in a whole lot of languages. I'd prefer if they had just kept that out of it and saved a few million trees instead. ...
I've been working on a data logging system for my greenhouse - basically just a way of tracking soil moisture, sunlight, rain barrel water level, and of course temperature inside and outside of the greenhouse.   I built most of it for Arduino, as I have several of them, and only one KL25z - and I have other plans for the KL25z board   But I thought I'd try the TMP36 temperature sensor with the KL25z, as the Arduino has a couple of limitations that are bugging me for the project: * ...
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Mbed.org on phones.

Posted by ntewinkel Top Member Jun 1, 2013
In my previous blog post I mentioned this URL: http://mbed.org/handbook/Guide-to-mbed-Compiler-on-tablet-device That website mentions the use of iOS and Android tablets to use with MBed. My iPad worked well for that, and even powers my FRM-KL25z board (using the Apple usb adapter), but sadly it doesn't let install programs onto the board, as the iPad doesn't recognize it as a USB drive.   So I bought a USB cable online to connect the FRDM board to my Android phone.   I received the ...