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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-16-2019, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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@RainMan 2.0 Hey Rick, I thought about you when I stumbled upon this video. Pretty interesting...and you will understand why I thought of you when you get towards the end of the video!

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Novel use of a motor.

I just watched that on Youtube on Sunday....
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Seems like Rick is not the only one without insulation.
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Interesting stuff, Mike. If you're into making stuff with Arduinos consider trying the NodeMCU, ESP-12E or whatever these are called: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3261...bd584c4dfgmLLQ

These are barely pricier than an Arduino NANO clone but include Wifi which lets you write a web page to display/control your creations. So if you made the gate opener in the video, you could open and close the gate with your phone locally within Wifi range or (more complex) from the internet. You can program these boards with the Arduino software but you have to add ESP8266 board definitions (easy). They can do nearly anything an Arduino can but they only have one analog-in pin. They have more memory than a UNO or NANO for bigger programs and, like I said, Wifi (and Bluetooth).

I've only started toying with them. Experimenting, I made a thermometer with LCD readout showing the temperature outside, inside and basement. The temperatures are visible on a phone or web browser. From the phone I can control the backlight on the LCD. Also the backlight flashes when I have my garage door open. Something I occasionally forget and it's kind of a security thing. All the temperature sensors and the door sensor, run on one 4-wire telephone-type wire.
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Thanks Paul. I have been tinkering with Home assistant for about a year or maybe longer. I have several smart outlets, switches and other stuff all that use the ESP8266 chip. All have been flashed with Tasmota firmware. Sensors are 433 mhz and they communicate with Home Assistant via Sonoff rfbridge. I am not a programmer, so it has been a struggle at times but things are working fairly smooth.

I have several of the nodemcu, and several Wemos D1mini, one of which I use to operate the garage door.
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That "Stringerville" set-up looks really nice, Mike.
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