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“Pop o Shop” – Basketball Arcade Game

Some friends of mine love playing the arcade game called “Pop-a-Shot”. The object is to make as many baskets in a set amount of time as possible. You then get tickets or bragging rights based on your score. They asked… Continue Reading →

Billboard – ESPEasy & OLED Display

The IoL City has a local weather station but how do you broadcast the information for everybody to see? A digital billboard! This project uses a Raspberry Pi running Node-RED to collect weather data from my previous Weather Station project and… 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 →

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 →

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. (more on Lego and New Millennium Falcon LEGO) Goal: Remotely switch the train… 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 →

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 →

Energy Saver – Motion Activation

Energy Saver Now that we have an energized city, the electricity bills are coming in. Let’s figure out a way to turn off the lights when we are not in the room. And also check out money saving expert energy to… Continue Reading →

Elevator – Web API, Motor and Ultrasonic

  Elevator The IoL City Station has two levels and needs a way to transport people between the platforms. Let’s build an elevator! The basic idea is to use a motor to lift the elevator and a sensor to figure… Continue Reading →

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