ICYMI – Adafruit IoT Monthly (May 2023): AI Teddybear, Designing Accessible IoT Products, and more!

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IoT Projects

AI-powered E-Ink Newspaper

Hyepaper is an “automatic newspaper in a frame, intended as a decorative piece”. The project scrapes popular websites, has OpenAI’s ChatGPT API summarize the articles, and delivers a “front page” newspaper view to an E-Ink display. –HackaDay.io

Robotic AI Bear using ChatGPT

Inspired by “a popular toy in the 1980s called Teddy Ruxpin that would tell stories while making prerecorded robotic gestures and movements”, this project upgrades an off-the-shelf robotic teddy bear to utilize OpenAI’s ChatGPT API to add prompts and tell bedtime stories. Click through the link for a video of this project in action. – Adafruit

14-Segment Display + Boredom = IoT Message Board

Floating.io was bored and “had a Raspberry Pi, a bunch of 14-segment displays, and way too much time on my hands”. The result is a 12-character, 14-segment display acting as a message board that can be modified by the Internet. –floating.io

Italian Espresso Robot with Live Flow Data

The Gaggia Pro is an excellent espresso machine, except it requires a lot of manual tweaking to perform the functions of a more expensive espresso machine. Nicholas DiPatri modified an Italian espresso machine to execute the steps of an expensive espresso machine (things like modulating brew pressure, dual PID control, auto-shutoff, and more). –Adafruit Blog

IoT News and More!

Over 2,000 devices running WipperSnapper have connected to the Adafruit.io No-Code IoT Platform

Over two thousand microcontroller boards have successfully connected and sent data to Adafruit.io using our Open-Source WipperSnapper firmware! WipperSnapper is a firmware designed to turn any WiFi-capable board into an Internet-of-Things device without programming a single line of code. WipperSnapper connects to Adafruit IO, a web platform designed (by Adafruit!) to display, respond, and interact with your project’s data. WipperSnapper’s open-source firmware currently supports 22 development boards and 46 components (including various sensors, actuators, LEDs, buttons, and switches)! – Adafruit Blog

The Uninvited Guest: IDORs, Garage Doors, and Stolen Secrets

Sam Sabetan writes about discovering vulnerabilities in Nexx’s smart garage door openers leading to anyone being to open a garage door “belonging to others from anywhere in the world”. – Medium

Designing Accessible IoT Experiences

Smart devices should make everyone’s lives easier. This article dives into how engineers and product designers can build better “smart devices” with accessibility for users with disabilities in mind. – Staceyoniot

Hands-On: Matter beta for Home Assistant

A hands-on review of the Home Assistant project’s Matter support which is currently in beta. – Staceyoniot


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