ICYMI – Adafruit IoT Monthly (April 2023): Star Fragments, Fish Farms, and more!

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IoT Projects

Star Fragment IoT Lamp

Inspired by Star Fragments from video games such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this fully 3D printed star-shaped lamp uses a QT Py ESP32-S2 and NeoPixel LEDs to turn on when the sun rises and off when it sets. – Adafruit Learning System

IoT Powered Tide Clock and Water Level Display

Ever wanted to know what the local tide was doing? Here’s an IoT device that uses an NOAA API to tell you all about it. It displays how long it is until the next high or low tide and shows the current water level. – HackADay.io

Mini Weather Station

Is the weather outside delightful or frightful? A mini weather monitor using the OpenWeatherMap API to extract and display information – Adafruit Learning System

A fully custom mailbox alert system with LoRa

TreasureDev posts on Mastodon their fabulous multimedia project, a take on a notification system when something arrives in one’s mailbox. – Mastodon

Conversion of a defective flip clock to NTP

Converting a lovely flip clock from 1960 to use a stepper motor and obtain the current time from the Internet. – Wolfgang Jung

Self-Watering Plant System

James Black shared their self-watering plant system “Calm Station” which provides users with real-time room conditions. – Adafruit Blog

Wrist-mounted Air Quality Monitor

A wearable take on an internet-connected air quality monitor. – Adafruit Learn

Grafana on a Fish Farm

Details of using Grafana to monitor a fish farm. – Grafana Blog

IoT News and More!

Amazon opens its Sidewalk network to developers

Four years ago, Amazon announced their low-bandwidth long-range wireless network named Sidewalk. This week, Amazon announced that the private network is now open to developers using AWS IoT. – Techcrunch

28% of US Internet Households Have 3+ Smart Home Devices

First-time homebuyers are leading the charge in expanding the connected device market. While smart home purchases are generally down from 2022, “robotic vacuum cleaners, smart cameras, video doorbells, and smart thermostats experienced higher purchase rates than in 2021.” – PRNewsWire

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