The Internet of Things Assistant is a Ruby on Rails application that can act as a front-end for an Adafruit Internet of Things Printer. It turns your IoT Printer into a handy assistant that will print out snippets of information you tell it to at a certain time each day, or on demand.
Multi-user support. Any number of users can share one printer (for example a team in an office, or a family at home).
A web-based interface to pick what you want printed and when.
Scheduled-based printing; print once a day at the time you specify on the days you specify.
On-demand printing; print whenever you like at the touch of a button.
Administration interface for configuring your Assistant; e.g. disallowing new user creation and downloading the code for your Printer.
The application can be deployed on Heroku using the cedar stack.
In addition, the following ‘modules’ for the printouts are included by default:
Adafruit IoT Printer Project Pack “Internet of Things” printer. Build an “Internet of Things” connected mini printer that will do your bidding! This is a fun weekend project that comes with a beautiful laser cut case. Once assembled, the little printer connects to Ethernet to get Internet data for printing onto 2 1/4″ wide receipt paper. The example sketch we’ve written will connect to Twitter’s search API and retrieve and print tweets according to your requests: you can have it print out tweets from a person, a hashtag, mentioning a word, etc! Once you’ve gotten that working, you can of course easily adapt our sketch to customize the printer.
The project is not very difficult but does require some light soldering, so you’ll want to have a little experience with a soldering iron. You’ll also need a small flathead screwdriver to assemble the box. It’s also best if you’ve had a little Arduino experience so you can feel comfortable downloading the IDE and uploading our example sketch.
This pack does not contain an Arduino+Arduino Ethernet Shield, Arduino Ethernet or Ethernet cable To complete the project you will need to add either an Arduino + Ethernet Shieldor an Arduino UNO Ethernet. If you’re using an Arduino UNO Ethernet you will also need an FTDI friend or FTDI cable to upload the sketch. A plain straight-thru Ethernet cable is also required (any length)
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