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Tower Light Upgraded with Particle Photon, NeoPixels, and IFTTT #IoT #IoTuesday

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Another wonderful project from Frederick Vandenbosch, this time converting a standard red Tower Light to an Internet of Things Tower Light, replacing the core electronic components with a Particle Photon and 12-LED NeoPixel ring, powered by USB (5V) and interfaced with via If This Then That. Video below is a sped-up timelapse and further build notes and the code are here on his blog.


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