ICYMI – Adafruit IoT Monthly: Powering sensors through soil, talking dogs, and more!

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IoT Projects


Solar Power Gauge

When Ben and his wife got solar this past winter, they wanted to know how much power they generated (especially as they moved closer to the equinox). This meter was built as an experiment to measure the power output of their home’s solar system. – HackADay.io

Stuff My Dog Said

This fun project is a web-based dashboard that displays the latest messages from a dog. The dog presses their paw down on a specific button on a floor mat to use it. The mat translates the button press into a specific phrase, uses a speaker to “say” the phrase, and publishes the phrase to a web dashboard on Adafruit.IO – Adafruit Playground

An Internet-Enabled 3D Printer Filament Sensor

This 3D printer sensor can detect (and notify you) when the filament is about to run out by measuring the diameter of the filament. – HackADay.com

E-Ink Status Dashboard for a Car

A wood-enclosed e-ink dashboard for a car that displays the current mileage, battery level, gas level, and inside temperature. – HackADay.com

Post-Apocalyptic Home Automation Terminal

This Raspberry Pi 400-based post-apocalyptic terminal to run a home automation system looks like a prop from the Fallout TV show. The case around the Raspberry Pi 400 was specifically crafted to look like it came from a post-apocalyptic world. – HackADay.com

IoT News and More!

Agricultural IoT System Sends Power Through the Soil

Tennessee Tech is developing a way to power sensors in a field by transmitting electric power through the soil. – IEEE Spectrum

Raspberry Pi Connect

Raspberry Pi announced Raspberry Pi Connect, a tool to access a Pi using only a web browser. – Raspberry Pi

Insights: IoT market to More than Double in 10 Years

A study by Transforma Insights found the “number of active IoT devices will more than double to 40 billion by the end of 2033”. While this is not a “hockey stick growth” trend, it’s steady. – RCRWireless

Desk of Ladyada – Desk plant health monitoring with SproutSense and Adafruit.io

On this episode of Desk of Ladyada, we’re getting green and experimenting with soil moisture sensing on a prototype we’re testing out called SproutSense. Right now we’re trying to figure out: why does the capacitance slooowly rise over the course of days, and how can we detect when the soil has dried out using some sort of logic/hysteresis since the depth of the sensor can affect the absolute value. We also talk about sending serial output data to Adafruit IO for monitoring. – Adafruit Blog

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