Wine lamp

Intro My old Ikea GRÖNÖ lamp was long due for an upgrade to LED, but I wanted to use a strip not just buy a bulb. That is because I wanted the light controllable through my 1000² home automation system. Now, the cool thing about building my own dimmers is that I could dim the light down to very low duty factors, which is pretty good considering the way human eye responds to light levels. As a… Continue reading

Vorpal hexapod

I wanted to have a hexapod robot for a long while now. It just never seemed to be that much of a priority to spend the time or money to build one. Luckily this changed when I found Vorpal. They are selling complete kits or you can build one yourself from the plans that are provided. I was missing only a few servos and the 3D printed pieces, so I quickly decided to build one.… Continue reading

10002 Motion sensors?

Motion sensor madness Picking the right one is not trivial. From left to right – Osram Nightlux, Ikea Molgan, Ebay sensors with sensitivity and timing adjusment (BISS001), smaller ebay sensor with no adjustment, another ebay sensor. As you can see I have looked at 2 different options: use a ready made sensor and fit it with a radio, or build my own. Ikea Molgan I hacked one a while ago – was my biggest preference. It… Continue reading

10002 Temperature sensors?

Intro There is no doubt, that integrated temperature and humidity sensors are the way to go at the moment. I had quite a bit of look at a wide range of sensors and settled for the SI7021. Silabs has a bigger family – most likely the same chip binned on precision – so here are cheaper options to use if I ever want to go for an application that can do with less precision.  Here is a… Continue reading

Simple audio mixer

Intro I have one low cost TPA3116 amplifier which has got more usage than I initially thought. I ended up using it in the living room, it provides enough power and burns only 0.7W from the mains while ON, with no signal. So low that I don’t need to worry about shutting it down when there is no signal, so it’s on all the time. So on to the problem: I need to use it with… Continue reading

Bosch glue pen teardown

Intro My cheap plug in hot glue gun died and looking for a replacement I found this: the Bosch GluePen What does it do? it’s a hot glue gun for 7 mm glue sticks that warms up in 15 seconds. Charges via micro USB. Much better than my old one that needed ~5 minutes to warm up for probably half a minute of gluing. I am very happy because of the fast warm up, wireless operation… Continue reading

10002 Progress

This article is part of my 1000² Smart Home project. Check out the Architecture and Software and then move on to Hardware. An most importantly, check the Lessons learned and why I did what I did. There are already some first results, connecting all parts of the system. Progress Finally, enough pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit together in my Smart Home project, so that I can have some end to end functionality: press a button here… Continue reading

10002 Architecture and Software

This article is part of my 1000² Smart Home project. Check out the Architecture and Software and then move on to Hardware. An most importantly, check the Lessons learned and why I did what I did. There are already some first results, connecting all parts of the system. Starting with a top down approach – what the system should do, it soon became clear that some devices will be custom and some will be off the shelf. Determining… Continue reading

Analog Discovery USB isolation

Intro Back when I was deverloping the PSU burner, I wanted to have the Analog Discovery isolated from the common ground, to avoid noise and other issues. Since I did not have a way to do this, I ended up using a laptop on battery for measurements. But for long term, I needed to have this isolation. Unfortunately, things that can isolate USB at 480Mbps or faster are too expensive to justify. The solution The… Continue reading

RFM69 output power

Intro As I was mentioning in my 1000.1000 Hardware selection, I have opted for the cool RFM69HW radio module. Weirdly enough, in quite a few sources (big distributor and ebay) the higher power HW module is cheaper. So there ie no reason not to get the higher power module, given quantity discounts. But I want it to operate at lower power most of times. The datasheet does not show any differences at lower power, so… Continue reading