Everything about Internet of Things and more

MAKERbuino – a DIY Game Console Arduino based

Yes guys, this is MAKERbuino! MAKERbuino is a handheld retro gaming device that you can build yourself. It’s 8-bit, fun, educational and hackable. While I write this article, this super retro device is evolving, being one of the most successful growing project on kickstarter.com. It has only 18 days to go and it raised about $22,000 while the goal was $10,000. So many people waiting for such a great accessory! Let’s see what MAKERbuino can do:
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Internet of Things for non-programmers with Arduino, Blynk and ESP8266-12F

The answer is NO! You don’t need to be a programmer to make Internet Of Things automation projects!

Many people ask me this days what is Internet of Things and can you make it without codding skills. In this article I will demonstrate how to control things via smartphone with ESP8266 WiFi Module and Blynk platform without writing any line of code. There are a lot of people eager to transform things into smart and connected devices, and that because people, in general, tend to control everything. I know, for instance at least five engineers over 40 years, very skilled in electronics but with almost zero knowledge in programming. Some of them didn’t had the chance to learn, other are simply not interested or not prepared, but everyone is very interested in controlling stuff over the internet. Also other friends with no interest in engineering are becoming attracted by the remote monitoring and control possibilities nowadays.
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Arduino Snow Depth Remote Sensing with Ultrasonic sensor and ESP8266

Wouldn’t be great to know in the morning how much snow has fallen over the night just by looking at you smartphone? Either you need to go to work or you want to know the snow depth at your vacancy house in the mountains, there is a simply way to do that by setting up a remote snow depth measuring unit and tracking it with Internet of Things on your mobile devices. In this article I will tell you everything you need to know about this IoT project, in order to do it yourself.

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Arduino Time Sync from NTP Server using ESP8266 WiFi module

Time is the unit measuring our life. Every mechanism in the world of electronics and computers is based on time. Automation as a concept is defined by intelligent actions coordinated by time or in time. When talking about automation engineering, smart projects are driven by very precise triggers and calculations based on timing and synchronization. But how can we get the perfect time without manual adjusting? One way to accomplish that is by asking an NTP Server. In this article you will find everything about how to use ESP8266 as a time source for your Arduino projects without an RTC external module.
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Temperature sensor comparison – DHT22 vs DS18B20 | Arduino tutorial

Monitoring temperature or humidity via IoT (internet of things) is one of the most common home DIY  projects implemented because of the large interest and benefits. Either you are monitoring temperature in your child room or you have an indoor self controlled heating system, this implies using one of the many temperature sensor available on the market compatible with Arduino or other development environments. Knowing the temperature with high accuracy can be crucial in many situations and for that you need to be well informed about sensors technical specifications. A temperature sensor can be find in the low price range between 0.5-10$ on most of the Asiatic known commerce platforms as well as in your local electronics shops.

DHT22 & DS18B20 Datasheet review and Arduino Tutorial

In this article I will do a quick review on both DHT22 Temperature and Humidity and DS18B20 Temperature sensor 1-Wire, and I will compare them to give you an idea on which one fits better in your projects. I also invite you to see my quick video review and hands-on to make a better idea about how the sensors look and feel.

First of all, I own 3 of this sensors and I already implemented them in my projects, so I will give you real feedback about how they behave after being in production.

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MQ4 Gas Sensor – Methane Natural Gas monitor with MQ3 / MQ4 sensors

Can we monitor natural gas leakage with Arduino, without spending allot of money? There are many sensors available everywhere over the internet and most of them can be found very affordable in Asia largest online marketplace. They are quite cheap if you choose to buy them directly from manufacturers and not from the closest re-sellers. For instance, I bought the MQ4 just for 1.29$ from a well known China electronics marketplace.

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