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Lightsuit V2.0 (part 2)

In a previous post, I provided an overview of the “next generation” of my Christmas Light Suit (and various ‘peripherals’ 🙂  Really…it’s more like “generation 5 or 6” since the Light Suit has been through very many iterations, starting with … Continue reading

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NodeMCU Custom Builds for ESP8266

OK, just a quick blurb in case anyone else runs into this incredibly frustrating experience: I’m playing with some sensors where I’m interested in really low power consumption. Basically, I want to go into deep sleep, which only draws <100uA, … Continue reading

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LightSuit V2.0

Well, it’s well past Christmas and things have finally settled down for me a bit, so I figure it’s high time I blog in a bit of detail about my main Christmas technology focus – Version 2 of the AustinLightGuy Light … Continue reading

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Building another (better) PiCam security camera

I blogged briefly about building a security camera back in a previous post. It worked so well I decided to build another, but with a few improvements based on past experience… I used this WiFi adapter (from Aazon): TRENDnet Wireless N 150 … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned with ESP-201

I recently ordered several more ESP8266 modules, and of that set, I decided to get a couple of ESP-201’s. These were appealing because they’re still fairly bare-bones (and therefore extremely cheap – about $4US each), lacking an on-bard regulator or … Continue reading

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Can’t upload new LUA files once ESP8266 init.lua starts

I’ve been having this frustrating problem with my NodeMCU projects on the cheaper ESP8266 devices: Once you get into a loop in your code, or worse yet, if you have an error that causes a reboot loop, there’s no way … Continue reading

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Light Dimming Using Ardiuno with Inverters

Since there’s not a lot of information about it out there in one place, I thought I’d share some insight into a problem I’ve been grappling with – dimming 110V LED lights run off an inverter using Arduino-driven triacs. Recently, … Continue reading

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ESP8266 Update

OK, since my first post on the ESP8266 and some replies I posted there as I made progress getting it to work, I’ve now had a chance to play with it a bit more. One thing about the inexpensive ‘bare-bones’ … Continue reading

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Bluetooth HC-05 and Connection Status Detection

I have a project I’m anticipating where I want a bluetooth module connected to an Arduino.  I’m going to have the bluetooth module connected to an Arduino under my car seat. I’ll have the bluetooth pair with my phone automatically, … Continue reading

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Experimenting with the ESP8266

Recently co-hacker Jay pointed this out to me: http://rayshobby.net/esptoy/ It’s basically a little board that has an even smaller daughter board (an “ESP-12”..more on this shortly) soldered right onto it, plus a USB-serial converter, a 3v regulator, an RGB LED and … Continue reading

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