As Seen on Show and Tell: The Cloud connected Weather Cloud
Two weeks ago on Adafruit’s Show and Tell, Richard Albritton shared his epic Cloud Connected Weather Cloud project. We must say, it looks awesome in action! Thanks to Richard for sharing and writing in about the project as well, Richard writes:
What better way to visualize cloud data than with an actual
cloud. This project sets out to create a device that will visualize
information using light and sound surrounded by a white fluffy cloud.
The Weather Cloud connects to Weather.com and pulls the current forecast for
your location. Weather conditions are pre-programmed into the cloud that
will put on a light and sound performance for each weather condition that
comes up. You can use IFTTT to set up the connection to Weather.com as well
as a schedule for the cloud to follow so that it is already showing you what
to expect for your commute
Aside from the default weather stuff, you can manually trigger any of the weather performances you want. It may be raining outside, but the sun is shining and the birds are chirping inside. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of a rumbling thunderstorm.
Other notifications can also be added to the cloud. Use IFTTT to set up the cloud to blink red when you have new email or change from Blue to Green when the Seahawks game is on.
Now for the techy stuff, this device is powered by the Adafruit HUZZAH ESP8266 Wi-Fi board along with the SoundFX board and some NeoPixels. Adafruit.io and IFTTT provide the interaction between the user and device.
Adafruit HUZZAH ESP8266 Breakout: Add Internet to your next project with an adorable, bite-sized WiFi microcontroller, at a price you like! The ESP8266 processor from Espressif is an 80 MHz microcontroller with a full WiFi front-end (both as client and access point) and TCP/IP stack with DNS support as well. While this chip has been very popular, its also been very difficult to use. Most of the low cost modules are not breadboard friendly, don’t have an onboard 500mA 3.3V regulator or level shifting, and aren’t CE or FCC emitter certified….UNTIL NOW! (read more)
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.