This week I bought a set of radio controlled power outlets. My plan is to use Home Assistant (Python, Open Source) to control the power outlets. For that to work I need to find the codes that are used by the remote control's 433 Mhz radio transmitter to switch the power ON and OFF (each power outlet has two codes).(read more …)
This week I bought an echo dot device and I wanted to try out some of its home automation features. I used Home Assistant (Python, Open Source).(read more …)
In June 2015 I offered an Arduino Beginner Seminar. One of the students questions was if we could output information that is stored in an array to a LED matrix. Here is the example code that I promised.
Today I also spent some time soldering SMT components. I ordered the LED matrix as a kit which I believe consists of about 100 parts and requires approximately 800 solder connections. Don't worry, it does not take as much time as it sounds. Given everything works on the first attempt the whole thing is completed in about 90 minutes.(read more …)
Lets begin summer with an Arduino seminar!
What you will learn:
- Overview Arduino-Board and Arduino-IDE
- Installing the Arduino IDE
- Using a Breadboard for Experiments
- Writing and compiling C programms
In 2014 I watched new single-board-computers enter the market. I am very fond of the Raspberry Pi project and I am using RPi for quite some time now as you can see from my previous posts. Now I am curious how it compares to Banana Pi. I am currently looking for a base station for my home automation project. I wouldn't call this a server since this term is in most cases used for different hardware. In this context reliability, cost of operation running 24/7, ease of use are the most important factors for me. I am going to write a series of blog posts on benchmarks of the different models in this context. So stay tuned!(read more …)