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Palace Cinema – Wio Link, Addressable LEDs & Node-RED

Movie Night! The Palace Cinema has just opened up in IoL City! It needs spectacular lights for its grand premiere. Goal Use a Wio Link board to remotely control addressable LEDs for the cinema roof and marquee. Technologies Wio Link… Continue Reading →

LEGO Train Automation – WiFi controlled with NodeMCU (ESP8266)

The infrared remote controlled LEGO train is out of view, but it needs to be stopped! How can we control a train if you can’t see it? WiFi Goal Build a WiFi controlled LEGO Power Functions train. Technologies NodeMCU ESP8266 WiFi… Continue Reading →

WiFi Hotspot with Social OAuth – passport, mongodb

WiFi Hotspot with Social OAuth   The Brick & Tun would like to offer guest WiFi, but need to provide a convenient way of logging into the network. Since most people have social network accounts, let’s use their OAuth API… Continue Reading →

Train Automation – Transport for London API

Now that I have a train schedule system and a way to remotely control the track switch, it’s time for automation! Goal Use schedule data to automatically switch train track Think Safety and “Do Not Disturb”   Technologies & Components Raspberry… Continue Reading →

IoT Security and Privacy – Overview

    The Internet of Things is certainly making the lives of the citizens of IoL City easier, but at what cost?     Painting a Picture   The Internet of Things (IoT) allows IoL to collect tiny amounts of… Continue Reading →

Train Schedule – OLED Display

When and where is the next train going?! The IoL City citizens have things to do and places to be! Goal Pull in Transport For London API data to get schedule information for a local train stop Display next trains… Continue Reading →

Train Track Switch – Servos, LEDs, PubNub and Johnny-five.io

LEGO Train Track Switch The 8:45 express train is coming and we need somebody to switch the tracks quickly! If only we had a way of doing this remotely. Goal: – Remotely switch the train track and use lights to indicate the… Continue Reading →

Weather Station – DHT11, MQTT, Node-RED, Google Chart, Oh My!

  Is it hot in here or is it just me? The IoL citizens need to know the weather, so let’s build a weather station! In this article, I am going to cover several technologies that are common to the Internet… Continue Reading →

WiFi Hotspot – Cisco Meraki ExCap & NodeJS

The IoL citizens love to stay connected, but the cellular network is not delivering the coverage they need and data plans are expensive for the tourists. The local cafe, bed & breakfast has a solution, a WiFi hotspot! By using… Continue Reading →

Connecting it All Together – PubNub and Node-RED

Now that I have an automated city, its time to connect it to other systems. I need to design an architecture that easily allows me to build a dashboard, a prototype environment, and allow other sensor systems to easily communicate… Continue Reading →

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