Color coded weather forecasting with Raspberry Pi

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It is hard to display weather forecasting in compact form especially for longer periods. Text based display would look too cluttered. Color coding looks more promising. AughtNaughtZero have shared his instructable on building 32 hour weather forecasting device on Raspberry Pi. For displaying various weather parameters he used custom 6×16 RGB LED matrix. Raspberry Pi pulls weather data from Weather Underground API using Python script. The each of 6 rows of LED matrix is dedicated to different parameter: temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed, chance of precipitation, and weather condition arrays. The each column of of each line is spread for 32 hours of data where each dot is color coded to represent the forecasting for two hour period. The python script uses couple libraries and code snippets to handle color … Continue reading

Tiny OpenWRT Linux computer

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Linux based development boards are all around. Raspberry Pi is probably the leader among cheap and powerful solutions, but there are more options to choose like CHIP, OrangePi, BeagleBone or other more expensive options. Raspberry Pi Zero seems to be small but it lacks some built in functionality like Ethernet. If you look for smaller Linux based computer you could give a try to VoCore. It is practically built around Ethernet plug, but features most required parts like WiFi, USB, 20+ GPIOs. VoCore is able to run OpenWRT Linux which is capable to perform most of Linux tasks. It is suitable for home automation projects, WiFi routing, or to be placed as node in other embedded system. VoCore features Ralink/Mediatek 360MHz RT5350 MIPS processor, 32MB SDRAM and 8MB SPI flash. … Continue reading

Expanding Raspberry Pi 3 WiFI range with external antenna

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With appearance of Raspberry Pi 3 the new wave of hacking begun. This time the attention falls on new WiFi functionality. As wardr states: “It’s not clear why an external antenna is not an option for the Pi 3 ”. Having said that he thought why not including one by himself. He found that there can be two options of including external WiFi antenna. One could be more barbarian – just remove chip antenna and solder it to left top mount pad. This is more messy part as you need to scratch ground plane to make it possible soldering copper mesh. Another way is more civilized. On the bottom side of Raspberry Pi 3 there is two exposed pads where U.FL connector almost fits. Yet you still need to clear … Continue reading

Using Raspberry Pi sftp server

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There are several ways of accessing Raspberry Pi files through network. One of preferred ways is to use Secure Copy (SCP). This is a file sending command allowing transferring files over SSH. This is secure way of sending files between Raspberry Pi boards or other Linux machines. In order to use with Windows you need special software like WinSCP. So as you can see it requires additional software to access files from windows. But if you are used to transfer files via FTP, then you have another option – SFTP which is an FTP with encryption. SFTP is already enabled in Raspbian and can be used right away. Be sure that your FPT client supports sftp protocol. For instance FileZilla, Bitvise and same WinSCP clients work without problem. In order … Continue reading

Internet connected power usage monitor

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Our homes are filling with energy hungry devices. Some of them are constantly active like fridge, routers, lighting, some switched off or on stand-by. Each of them takes some portion of energy that reflects on the end month bill. Some things you can control, but some not. So in order to hunt inefficient nodes you need some sort of energy usage monitoring. You can find lots of implementations where some are simple indicators, other are advanced and web enabled. TSalwach @ github.com have built his own version of energy monitoring system which looks really promising. His implementation monitors all three phases where he extracts several parameters: RMS Voltages and currents on each phase Apparent power (product of RMS voltage and RMS current) Real (active) power Reactive power with inductance/capacitance indication … Continue reading