Week 2: Designing an IoT Product

2017-07-09 23:40:28 by

Follow along with me in this video series as I build an IoT product from start to finish – check out the project page!   This Week’s Summary Here’s a summary of what happened last week on my “Designing an IoT Product” video series: Entered the Hackaday Build Contest – see my project entry here.Continue Reading..

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Arduino Case Design

2017-07-09 23:29:38 by

*Followed YouTube video “Designing an Arduino Uno Enclosure with Fusion 360” tutorial : Designing an Arduino Uno Enclosure with Fusion 360   Using Fusion 360 version 2.0.3125 Use sketch tool to create rectangular shape of box (size of Arduino) and add in Arduino mounting holes (should reference Arduino UNO drawing for physical dimensions)    Continue Reading..

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Arduino TFT Screen Selection

2017-07-09 23:22:53 by

Currently using a Nokia LCD for the pool monitor display but I may want to swap it out for something a little bigger and that’s in color. Below is an example from someone’s online project of the Nokia screen in action:     This might be good enough for my project but I want toContinue Reading..

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How pH/ORP Probes Work and Measuring pH and ORP Values on Arduino

2017-07-09 23:19:11 by

I purchased my pH probe from phidgets and they have a great write up on how the pH probe (as well as ORP) works found here.     Each type of probe has a reference solution that is used to measure the desired chemical property of the solution (in our case our pool water) withContinue Reading..

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Understanding Water Quality Measurements

2017-07-09 23:13:57 by

The water in your pool is just like the water in your house: you want it to be clean, clear and safe in order to swim in it. When we think about water quality for the purposes of drinking it we usually think of things like lead, arsenic and other harmful contaminants. If you wantContinue Reading..

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Week 1 Update: Connected Pool Monitor

2017-07-03 15:19:53 by

  Follow along with me in this video series as I build an IoT product from start to finish – check out the project page!   This Week’s Summary Here’s a summary of what happened last week on my “Designing an IoT Product” video series: Did some background development testing with Arduino and Wi-Fi (seeContinue Reading..

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Arduino Alternative: Espressif ESP8266

2017-06-30 03:09:00 by

  Introduction   For a while the go-to maker board has been the Arduino Uno and other Arduino alternatives. The ease of use of the Arduino programming language and community support has made it very popular. But the Arduino launched with no connectivity (Wi-Fi/Bluetooth) and these days with everything being an Internet of Thing (IoT)Continue Reading..

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pH/ORP Probes for Arduino Pool Monitor

2017-06-29 03:41:40 by

  Looked for different pH/ORP probes that would work with Arduino compatible hardware in order to measure different properties of pool water to calculate an overall water quality Gravity Analog pH Meter Kit   Notes: Connects to analog input of Arduino compatible board No pH calibration solutions come with the kit Some reviews said itContinue Reading..

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Arduino Uno Wi-Fi Shield Setup and Testing

2017-06-28 03:28:59 by

  Using the Adafruit Wi-Fi shield with Uno for basic Wi-Fi Connectivity Setup guide online at https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-cc3000-wifi/cc3000-shield Assembly You will need to solder on the connector pins to the Wi-Fi shield following the steps below. Start with some connector pins and place them in the Wi-Fi shield to setup for soldering: Once you have themContinue Reading..

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Overview of Sensors Needed for Pool Monitor

2017-06-27 03:27:08 by

  Found a waterproof temperature probe to use to measure water temperature in the pool   Outside of needing sensors to measure the quality and temperature of the pool water I’m also going to need to measure things like the air temperature.   I looked at several different types of sensors and found the followingContinue Reading..

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