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November 17, 2015 AT 12:00 am

Aurora Master Ocean Relax Projector controlled via ESP8266

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Nice IoT upgrade to the Aurora Master Ocean Relax Projector from Russell Grokett at Hackaday.io.

The Aurora Master Ocean Relax Projector http://goo.gl/ZmdWgr is an inexpensive popular LED based night special effects light. It projects softly moving colored patterns on walls or ceiling.

But one problem it has is that it is manually controlled. This is fine for most typical uses, but for Makers, it presents itself as a candidate for Internet of Things (IoT). Using the new ESP8266 module, with its built-in WiFi, processor and GPIO pins, it allows for easy wireless networking and interfacing, all for less than $10.

NOTE: THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY of the Aurora Master, but since it’s only about $15, not a great loss if you mess up. You will be modifying the Aurora Master, removing the manual buttons and soldering a couple wires. Using the ESP8266 makes for a low cost wireless add-on.

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