ICYMI – Adafruit IoT Monthly: Ventbot, Ethernet Turns 50, and more!

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IoT Projects

Building the Ultimate Garage Door Control

Stephen Carey’s store-bought Insteon garage door controller did not work properly and failed to integrate with Alexa. Instead of relying on Insteon, he built his own system complete with a way to visually check the door’s position. – HackADay

Internet-Connected Rain Gauge

This 3D-printed rain gauge records rainfall and runs for a year on four AA batteries. –HackADay

Ventbot, a DIY HVAC Vent Booster

Do you have rooms in your house that are colder than other rooms in the winter? If you have air conditioning, are those same rooms warmer than other rooms in the summer? The Ventbot project is a DIY solution for making register boosters with intelligent temperature control. – HackADay.io

LoRa-to-Signal Bridge

A way to chat with a friend on Signal, over ultra-long distances. – Adafruit Learning System

IoT News and More!

Adafruit.IO WipperSnapper now works with (some) TFT Displays!

We’ve released a new beta (beta 64) of our no-code IoT firmware, WipperSnapper, which includes support for the Adafruit ESP32-S2 FunHouse’s 1.14″ 240×135 Color TFT Display. If you’ve been using WipperSnapper on FunHouse, simply upgrade to the latest version (details below) of WipperSnapper and you’ll be greeted with a whole new user experience! – Adafruit Blog

Asus Routers Get Knocked Offline Due to a bad update

On May 16, 2023, Asus pushed a security update to all of their routers. The problem? A corrupted file was distributed, causing routers worldwide to go offline. – Bleeping Computer

Ethernet Turns 50 Years Old!

On May 22, 1973, Robert Metcalfe wrote a memo to management at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center explaining how Ethernet could work. This article from all about circuits lists the steps in Metcalfe’s career leading up to Ethernet. – All About Circuits

ESP32-C3 Wireless Adventure: A Comprehensive Guide to IoT (PDF!)

A free book/resource from Espressif detailing a journey through IoT. Chapters range from hardware design to power optimizations to getting a wireless project off the ground. – Espressif

A look at DeviceScript, Microsoft’s modern IoT coding language

Kevin Tofel takes a tour around DeviceScript, a new IoT coding language from Microsoft. – Stacey on IoT

New functionality: Bluetooth for Pico with RP2040 W

The $6 Raspberry Pi Pico W launched last year with WiFi. But one thing has been missing: Bluetooth support. Now that’s been fixed – and you don’t need to buy a new Pico W. The new functionality is available as a free software update for all Pico W boards. – Raspberry Pi Blog

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