The GPIO pins of the ESP8266 makes it possible to create a very simple temperature logger, which logs the data directly to the free cloud of ThingSpeak. By using only a DHT22 temperature/humidity sensor, and an ESP8266, it is possible to create a realtime feed of temperature and humidity by using your own wifi network.
For more than a year I’ve used Domoticz as controller for my home automation setup. It worked well, but never really as I wanted it to. Looking for a flexible, more open alternative I gave OpenHAB a try. And although it’s not as easy to start with as Domoticz, for me it’s definitely here to stay.
Today I released my first plugin to the official WordPress Plugin Directory. Using the ‘WP AliExpress Plugin’ it is possible to quickly add items from AliExpress to your blog posts or pages, through a simple shortcode [aliexpress].
One of the most widely available RGB-led solutions is probably the Philips Hue series. And that is for a reason. After years of reading reviews and articles about Hue, I’ve recently decided to jump in by buying a Philips Hue Starter Pack GU10.
Last week a new order from China arrived. I’ve ordered a RGB led strip, with some wifi controller that should be based on the ESP8266 chip and is said to be hackable. I gave it a try and wrote my own software for it.
A few years ago I decided that it would be nice to have some remote control added to some of the lights in my room, so I went out to the local construction market and bought a set of wall sockets with a remote control included from the Home Easy brand for about €30.