There is a new and fantastic cluster of ESP32 boards that have hit the market. This is just one of them. They are WifiCameras that just work. I’ve been tinkering with cameras for a long time – using them for dog detection, facial recognition, even Nerf Battle Turrets. Before now many of those projects were… Continue reading ESP32 Cameras! Incredible power for teaching.
What is it!? It’s a small smoke generator controlled by Alexa – that allows you to evoke the chalice of fire one might imagine being part of Harry Potter’s world. The smoke is illuminated by high-ish powered lasers, and the whole thing is controlled with an ESP8266 and an Alexa Skill. How does it work?… Continue reading Wizard’s Fire!!!
If you haven’t yet figured it out. I’m a big fan of techtutorialsx – the stuff he likes is very clearly many of my own interests, and I often find myself on his site when I need to figure things out. This is yet another example: I ran across his site when needing to explain to… Continue reading ESP32 Arduino: HTTPS GET Request
Super cool article on getting web-sockets functioning on an ESP32: https://wp.me/p6Er9u-6nx Web-sockets allow for 2-way communication without the need for reloading a webpage. Now, with this trick you can communicate with your esp32, sending commands and more without fully loading a file.
Sometimes I forget to mention the sites I use to find all the treasures I hoard. There are a couple that I check almost religiously, because you never know what they might pop out next. Others are just fantastic businesses because, in addition to providing novel products, are also a great help to the home… Continue reading Circuits like Legos, my part sources. Or… Where to get all this fun stuff.
The power of controlling power… Interacting with the outside world is one of the most exciting aspects of programming RaspberryPIs and Arduinos. Whether you want to turn on a motor, control an air pump or activate a solenoid – all of these require using the tiny amounts of current from your pins as switches to… Continue reading Low-voltage device control with Raspberry PI (Solenoids, Pumps, Motors)
What’s a Servo? Servos are a fundamental building block of all mad-scientist laboratories. These little guys will magically move to a position of your choosing, and stay there. As stated by Servo City: As long as the coded signal exists on the input line, the servo will maintain the angular position of the shaft. …… Continue reading Servo Triggers – Quickest, Fastest, Easiest way to make your servos dance