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Project time

I’ve been tinkering a little bit with my electronics stuff again. Now I’m trying to decide on a project to do, and which hardware platform to use… I have a ton of different microcontrollers — Digispark (ATtiny85), Digispark Pro (ATtiny167), Digistump Oaks (ESP8266, wifi), Adafruit Trinket Pro (ATmega328), PunchThrough Bean (BLE), Particle Core (wifi) / Photon (wifi) / Electron (3G cell), NodeUSB (ESP8266, wifi), ESP201 wifi  modules, some Arduino Pro Mini clones, a Tessel2 (wifi, linux, JavaScript), RFduino (BLE), and a few others that I can’t even remember right now.

  • TV Mute Button
  • WiFi/Bluetooth control for our garage door
  • Motor push-assist for our son’s wheelchair
  • Distributed temperature sensors tied to our thermostat
  • A mailbox sensor to notify us when we have mail
  • Some under-cabinet lighting using addressable RGB LED strips
  • Phone push-notifications from our doorbell
  • Tying into the security system panel and sensors in our house
  • RGB reactive lighting for my car (audio spectrum, etc)
  • Homebrew robot or quadcopter

I suppose the first thing should be to finish up the TV Mute Button I started to build for our son a while back. But as you can see, I have plenty of possible choices. I guess I’ll start small and work my way up. 🙂


About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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