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Evaluating Strategies for Climate Change in Arizona using Adafruit IO
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is using Adafruit.io to evaluate “how applying mulch might reduce demand for irrigation”. The experiment demonstrated that a thin layer of mulch can lower soil temperatures by 12 degrees Fahrenheit, thus reducing soil-water evaporation. – Adafruit
Little Bluetooth Media Controller
Tracking how long a freezer stays frozen with no power
This summer brought a few blackouts in the U.S. This experiment used a Raspberry Pi and temperature sensor to determine how long your food will stay frozen. – Woodgears
Designing a LoRaWAN Monitored Garden
czuvich on the Adafruit Forums demonstrates their Greenclay LoRaWAN Smart Garden project. It is able to monitor and manage an outdoor garden using LoRaWAN with an Arduino programmed microcontroller. It is a complete package which includes a dev kit, garden controller, and mobile app. – Adafruit Forums
Turn a Rotary Phone Receiver into a World-Wide Radio
This rotary phone maps the the rotary encoder to radiooooo, a website which lets you tune into any radio station int he world. The receiver was also modified to pipe audio from radiooooo to the rotary phone’s handset. – Hackster
Office Bell Ringer with Slack
Alex’s company rings a bell when they sign a customer, release a new feature, or if anything positive happens. But, remote employees are “left out of this experience”. He built a servo which physically rings a bell in the office via a slack command. – Alex Meub
IoT News and More!
Alphabet’s Loon Balloons Cover 11,000 sq. Km of Kenya with internet
Alphabet’s bet on sending balloons into near-space to connect people in internet-less blank spots has paid off. Their balloons have started lasting longer (from days to over half a year) and now cover 11,000 sq. km of Kenya with internet – Medium.
simdjson: Parsing gigabytes of JSON per second
JSON is everywhere on the internet. The SIMDJSON library uses SIMD instructions and micro-parallel algorithms to parse JSON 2.5x faster than anything else out there. – GitHub
Fitbit Study Suggests Wearables Might Be Able To Detect Covid-19 Before Symptoms Appear
Fitbit and similar wearables can track a wide array of vitals. A new study shows that subtle changes in things like breathing and heart rate could help with earlier detection. – FitBit
An Industrial IoT Platform Built on Battery-Free Sensors
Everactive has developed industrial sensors that run around the clock, require minimal maintenance, and can last over 20 years. The company created the sensors not by redesigning its batteries, but by eliminating them altogether. – MIT
You, Me, and IoT Two Microconference Accepted into 2020 Linux Plumbers Conference
The Linux Plumbers Conference (which just completed) accepted an IoT “microconference” into their conference tracks this year. We’ll hand-select a talk or two for the next issue of this newsletter. – Linux Plumbers Conference
Webhook Response Templates for Slack, Discord and More!
We’ve updated Adafruit IO’s webhooks in triggers (both scheduled and reactive) to allow custom response templating. This feature now allows webhooks to properly post to many more endpoints, such as Slack or Discord. We’ve included a couple of basic templates to build from.
Adafruit IO Stats
Adafruit IO has 338,708 total users! Here are the interesting stats from the last 30 days:
- Total Feeds: 538,877 (and counting!).
- There are over 18,035 feeds online as of time of writing (July 30 2020).
- There are an average of 4,500+ MQTT connections active 24/7.
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