3D Printing

WIoT-2 Weather Station – Nextion TFT with ESP8266

This is a continuation from my prior WIoT weather station.  I struggled with the name as it does much more than just weather…  I suppose I should have called it IoT “thing”….  Anyway, what is WIoT-2?  Well, it’s lots of things…  I use it as a cloud-connected (IoT) info center of sorts mounted near our front door.  It is a culmination of information my wife or I often look for either on our way...
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Arduino

DIY & Hobby Projects: Parts, Components & Tools Must Have’s

Most people who visit to this site are either DIY’ers, Makers, Hackers, or Robotics / RC enthusiast.  For the most part, we all do the same thing – we build or mod stuff for our projects or hobbies.  Over the years, experience and repetition has given we wisdom as to what works, what doesn’t, and key components that I want to have on hand.  I wanted to share a list of parts/components I have found useful...
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Electronics

WiFi Bot Control – Using NodeMCU (ESP8266)

WiFi Bot Control was built back before the ESP8266 came out, so WiFi options were limited and the ability to directly stream data over WiFi to the same MCU that controls a robot was next to impossible.  That changed with the intro of the ESP8266.  I’m going to show you how to streamline WiFi Bot Control and remove the need for a separate webserver.  We’ll also look at options to streamline the IP camera...
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Arduino

Nextion TFT LCD – Why you need one!

I’ll start this by stating that I don’t work for iTead, and nor am I getting any sort of kickbacks…   I just really like this TFT LCD.  I stumbled upon the Nextion (which is a slick easy-to-use TFT LCD with a HMI editor) when they had their first crowdfunding campaign a year or so ago.   I ignored it as there was not a lot of documentation, and frankly, I really didn’t understand the...
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Electronics

LEGO Technic Wire Storage

What better way to store my wire supply, then to use spare LEGO Technic beams & friction pins.   After fumbling through bags of wire, pulling what I need out, and stuffing it back into the bag, I decide to take a stance and make a change!!!!  Digging into my Mindstorms / Technic supply, I pulled out some beams and friction pins.  15 minutes later, I have a nice storage solution for my silcone...
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Electronics

Review: JJRC H36 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter

I always like opportunities to try out new gadgets…  RCMoment sent me this cool little mini quad to try out –  JJRC H36 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter.  First thing’s first – full disclosure.  I don’t have any vested interest in RC Moment. They sent me this quad for free.  I am not the type of person that is influenced by free stuff.  I get asked to do a review, and I will...
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Electronics

Hot Tub: ESP8266 IoT Temp Monitor and NeoPixel Lighting

Finally got our free hot tub hooked up.   Well, not so free… Hot tubs are never free unless you have all the electrical and other bits already.  Anyway,  I wanted to add some remote temperature monitoring as well as jazz up the lighting a bit.   I wanted to be able to track the temperature and use trigger notifications if the temperature falls below a set threshold.   Of course Blynk is my...
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Arduino

ESP8266 – Lessons Learned

I’ve gotten enough ESP8266 projects under my belt to have a few lessons learned to share with you.  The ESP comes in many flavors.  One of my favorites is the NodeMCU.  I also like the Adafruit Huzzah WDT Reset Error: This error was the bane of my existence for quite some time.   When experiencing this, you typically see your sketch run and fail.  Using the Serial Monitor and carefully placed statements, you...
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Electronics

Review: RBBell – Electronic Bike Horn

Today, I’m doing a review of the RBBell electronic bike horn.   This is a battery powered piezo that beeps when the button is pressed.  Pretty simple.  It’s loud (as in 120dB loud)!  It startled me after accidentally pressing the button during my review video. I can tell already this is going to be effective when I hit the trails.   I do a fair bit of biking. Most of which is in trails...
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Arduino

WIoT: Weather Station & IoT Notifier

Update: Check out my latest version of this project WIoT-2. This is a project that I have been wanting to do for some time.  Since the marrying of IoT with microcontrollers, the world of cloud-connected devices has taken off.  I had a hard time naming this thing because its sort of a swiss army knife of IoT.  I keep coming up with new ideas as to what to connect to and control.    I’ve done...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

LISAMRC ML180 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit – Review

Today we are doing a review of the LISAMRC ML1800 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit.  Not sure what LISAMRC stands for, so I suppose it’s a ‘cool’ factor thing.  Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this micro-sized quad frame kit. It’s well crafted and light.  There are some minor issues, but no show stoppers and nothing you can’t fix with some spare bits.  The following is an unboxing review and observations putting the base kit together.  Sometime...
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