ICYMI – Adafruit IoT Monthly: Bird Classification Network, Robotic Lawnmower, and more!

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IoT Projects

Smart Plant Monitor with E-Ink Display

This plant monitor is neat because it “takes advantage of the ESP32-S3’s touchpad feature which has all the circuitry needed to monitor (soil) capacitance”. – HackADay.io

BirdNETPi – a real-time acoustic bird classification system

BirdNET is an audio analyzer built around TensorFlow Lite. It runs on a Raspberry Pi and “can recognize bird sounds from a USB microphone or sound card in real-time and share its data with the rest of the world” – GitHub

OpenMower – DIY Smart Mowing Robot

The OpenMower project alleges that inexpensive off-the-shelf robotic mowers aren’t great! They “drive in a random direction until they hit the border of the lawn, rotate for a randomized duration, and repeat”. Instead of this basic operation, OpenMower is improving its mowers through open-source, community-built, software. – GitHub

Album Art for Turntables

Paul Cutler built an RGB matrix that can display the album art of whatever is spinning on a turntable. From a website, he picks the album he’s listening to, a script converts the image into a bitmap, and the bitmap is sent over MQTT to an RGB matrix that’s sitting on his desk. – prcutler on Mastodon

Open Source Heat Pump Controller

ThermTerm is an open-source heat pump controller and home automation terminal, built on ESP32, by Danilo Campos. – Adafruit Blog

IoT News and More!

Adafruit.io and WipperSnapper Updates

This past August, a lot has been going on with our Adafruit.io platform and WipperSnapper firmware. It’s hard to keep track of everything! To address this, we, the Adafruit IO team, will publish bi-monthly (or monthly if we do not have enough news) “WipperSnapper Updates Wednesday” posts on the Adafruit Blog. This will help you stay informed about all the activities on this platform. – Adafruit Blog

Results from the 2023 Blues IoT Survey

Blues Wireless conducted a developer survey for users of their IoT platform and shared their insights. – Blues.io

Smart Garbage Trucks

Lewin Day writes about an Australian city testing smart garbage trucks to identify street-level maintenance issues. – HackaDay

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