Internet of Plants: Lighting Controller for Seedlings Built with Arduino IDE for Visual Studio, Adafruit IO, ESP8266 | #IoTuesday
Fun project by Brian Wharton spotted online for controlling the lighting of his plant seedlings via Adafruit.io – interesting that he uses Visual Micro for debugging. You can read more on his blog or see the code here on GitHub.
Here is a quick project that I did to control lighting for our seedlings. I wanted something that could be controlled via MQTT and then managed in Thingsboard. On this initial prototype, I am using Adafruit’s IOT http://io.adafruit.com. It works pretty well, but is limited in some of the features that I want (like scheduling events on a timed basis).
The components of the project are:
NodeMCU ESP8266 module. I am developing in c++
Visual Micro plugin for Visual Studio. Much easier for debugging and features than just the straight Arduino IDE
IOT Relay (See on Amazon): This is an enclosed relay for both AC and DC switching. And it has a simple port that allows you to control from a microcontroller.
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.