Community Corner – May 30, 2014 : The Featured Projects from this Week are A Plug-in IOT PIR Sensor and a NeoPixel Strip Glow Printer
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This week, James Wolf shared a PIR sensor project he’s working on to monitor his dog while he’s not at home. Check it out here!
I am working on something that will let me know if the dog is getting on our bed while we are at work. This way I can remotely monitor the device using cURL from the office.
The PIR sensor goes off when it sees a change in the infrared signature in front of it (i.e. someone walks in front of it). Eventually I am going to add a noise making device to it that should go off when she jumps on the bed and will eventually train her to stay off.
Right now it is using Server-Sent Events (HTML5) so that anything that subscribes to the event gets an indication of the PIR going off, but I can easily update the firmware from anywhere and change how and what I am monitoring in real time without ever unplugging it. I love the +Spark!
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.