HackSpace Magazine Issue 26 – an OpenWeather desk display #InternetOfThings #IoT #Huzzah #Adafruit @HackSoaceMag

The new HackSpace Magazine Issue 26 highlights an OpenWeather desk display by Marc de Vinck.

It’s a pseudo-analogue connected device that gathers the current weather for any given location and shows you, in a very not-so-digital way, the results. No LEDs, no LCDs, just a simple, passive, wooden display.

The real point of this tutorial is to show you just how easy it is to connect a microcontroller to the internet and gather data. In this case, we’ll be looking at the OpenWeather API. They have a free tier, which is great, and the structure of their data is really easy to understand and implement. Think of this project as a starting point for connecting the virtual world with the physical. What you do next is up to you.

On the brains & connection to the Internet:

Building the circuit couldn’t be easier. We chose the Adafruit Feather HUZZAH because it has all the components we need to get connected to WiFi, and it can easily control a servo. Many other Arduino variants would work, as would many ESP8266 or ESP32 boards, but the Feather HUZZAH is our go-to board because it’s so simple, and it even has options for battery power, allowing for portability.

You can read the full tutorial in Issue 26 of HackSpace Magazine (PDF pages 106 to 109).

Also, see more about Adafruit Feather products on the Awesome Feather list.


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