You have a Raspberry Pi, or are comfortable with the idea of using one, and you want to use it to capture video or images using a USB camera. Even though the Raspberry Pi has a port designed specifically for using a camera, it's not as low-cost, nor as convenient as the USB corded camera.
The hydroMazing controller is designed to operate ventilation fans for air circulation, water pumps, occasionally a humidifier, heaters, or any other appliance that is necessary to maintain an ideal environment for plants to grow. Typically, we DIY'ers would hook-up some relays to a microcontroller to achieve control. However, with hydroMazing, the system uses remote controlled wireless AC outlets, ensuring safer control than traditional relays. hydroMazing uses low-cost open-hardware modules and the ubiquitous microcontroller, the Atmega328, on an Arduino Nano*, offering the flexibility of customization and expansion. The sensor choices are endless, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few important and relatively inexpensive modules. A temperature and relative-humidity sensor, moisture sensors for soil, liquid temperature probe for hydroponics, a simple photocell. There are many other optional additions including the float switch or switches and flow-rate sensors.
Plants don't need access to the Internet to grow. So what can a Raspberry Pi 3 with built-in WiFi and bluetooth do for hydroMazing? A connected hydroMazing can let us know what is going on inside our garden through a web-interface, email, or even, text-messaging.
It was two years ago when I decided to try using an Arduino Uno microcontroller to replace my individual Lux WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat. These outlets control an appliance, such as a small heater or, in this case, a ventilation fan. A device that is plugged into the outlet turns on... Continue Reading →