MouseAir Version 2 Photos

MouseAir Version 2 Photos

MouseAir Version 2.0 Here are a few pictures of MouseAir Version 2, a project built with a Raspberry Pi.  I’m still working on the mechanical parts, but the box is designed and printed.  I’m getting quite good at 3D printing […]
BeaconAir Portable Pi

BeaconAir Portable Pi

BeaconAir iBeacon Portable Pi Here is a picture of the completed BeaconAir Portable Pi project.  It’s not much to look at, but it works.  BeaconAir is a Raspberry Pi based project that reads the advertising packets coming from iBeacons and […]
Project Curacao First Months Published

Project Curacao First Months Published

For the latest in Project Curacao, a massive Raspberry Pi / Arduino project, check out Part 7. What is Project Curacao? Project Curacao is a sensor filled project designed to hang on a radio tower on the island nation of […]
BeaconAir Lives!  The Control Panel

BeaconAir Lives! The Control Panel

BeaconAir Control Panel BeaconAir Lives! It is up and running with ble (Bluetooth Low Energy – iBeacons) scanning and position estimating.  There are  a few bugs left.  This project is using a Raspberry Pi to read iBeacons and figure out […]
MouseAir Quote of the Day

MouseAir Quote of the Day

From a fan of MouseAir in “Happy Weather” Southern California: “Two spinning wheels to provide energy for scootin` the rodent down the track to achieve an elevated trajectory for an undetermined and brief relief from the surly bonds of earth….” […]
Getting CGColor from UIColor in iOS

Getting CGColor from UIColor in iOS

CGColor Memory Issues I have an IOS app that I have been writing that requires color information to be stored as printable text.  To do this I use CGColorGetComponents, which returns a CGFloat array of color components.  I had been […]
MouseAir Redesign in Progress

MouseAir Redesign in Progress

MouseAir Redesign We are working away on designing and building Version 2 of MouseAir.  Following is the latest block diagram. Goals The goals for the redesign are: Reduced Cost – eliminate unnecessary parts and reduce cost of current parts Single […]
MouseAir Control Panel – Pi / RasPiConnect

MouseAir Control Panel – Pi / RasPiConnect

We have always enjoyed building control panels for my projects. We used to laboriously build physical control panels with switches, meters and lights. Lots of lights. MouseAir is a complex project. 4 Servo Motors, 3 Sensors, 4 relays, 2 DC motors, one […]
MouseAir Prototype Complete – Raspberry Pi

MouseAir Prototype Complete – Raspberry Pi

MouseAir Prototype Complete – Raspberry Pi The MouseAir Project is complete!  It loads toy mice and fires them off for the cat. However ridiculous that sounds. The MouseAir system is built around a Raspberry Pi controlling all the devices and […]
Project Curacao Raspberry Pi Video

Project Curacao Raspberry Pi Video

From 3500 miles away, a new software feature has been added to Project Curacao,  Pi Camera movies.  I developed a small set of software scripts to take a short video from Project Curacao and upload it to a state-side web […]

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  • jhmarable@hotmail.com'
    John Marable
    2 years ago · Reply

    Just got my WeatherPiArduino and WeatherRack. I hope to set up a Citizens Weather Observer Program station. Soldering in the DS3231 blocks the data and clock pins for the I2C. I installed it along with an AM2302 in a proto shield instead. The Arduino with instruments overloads my Raspberry Pi USB bus locking up the keyboard and mouse. The Arduino required an external power supply. I am having problems with the Sketch. Libraries time.h and elapsedMillis.h were missing. Defines are for interrupts on pins 18 and 2. Connections are on pins 2 and 3 in your wiring diagram.

  • tachyonforth@gmail.com'
    Kendo
    2 years ago · Reply

    I would like to know where you put your code after designing a RasPiConnect screen. Where is the command file called from to get the button responses?
    I see you use a command file, where does the commands come from? Does the RasConnect send them to the command file?

    Thank you

  • tachyonforth@gmail.com'
    Kendo
    2 years ago · Reply

    how do you integrate your command.txt in your MouseAir program into RasPiConnect Local.py file. Where do the command = f.read() come from?

  • geoff@tortpro.net'
    Geoff Kuchera
    1 year ago · Reply

    I see that the SunAIRPlus is out of stock on Amazon, any idea when it may be back in stock. I’m trying to build a solar project and want the monitoring capabilities of the plus.

    Thanks,
    Geoff

    • SwitchDoc Labs Author
      1 year ago · Reply

      Geoff,

      There are 7 more heading to Amazon and they should be there on or about March 28th. We got caught with a big order from back east. We have ordered more and the next batch of 100 should be here in about 3 weeks.

      The 7 coming up to Amazon are the new Grove connector units. They are 100% compatible and they now include the Grove Adaptor to Male Headers cable.

      Best,

      SDL

  • jhmarable@hotmail.com'
    jhmarable
    1 year ago · Reply

    I previously contacted you about a switch bounce problem with my rain tipper. I had another problem of rain indication when there was no rain. After months of experimentation I found that the phantom rain was being caused by USB power noise. It appeared on every computer I tried, but was minimal on a laptop. Searching the internet I found this post: http://andybrown.me.uk/2015/07/24/usb-filtering/. I modified a USB adapter for my Pi 3 using his circuit. For a few cents worth of parts the phantom rain went away. Now I was able to see a reliable 3 triggers per tip which I corrected in software. This noise was probably affecting wind speed as well. Now I can calibrate my rain gauge against a tube gauge and recalibrate my anemometer.

    My station software is written in Python and runs on Windows, Linux and Mac. It post a local web page, ftps a web page to a web server, and telnets the data to the National Weather Service via the Citizens Weather Observer Program. With the addition of an AM2302 for humidity, the quality control analysis of my data by CWOP has shown it to be accurate and reliable except for rainfall.

    • SwitchDoc Labs Author
      1 year ago · Reply

      Excellent find. I have repeated this in the forums for others.

      SDL

  • bbarrmtj@gmail.com'
    BB
    6 months ago · Reply

    Where can I find the instructions for the pre grove weather station build ?

  • ted@vandertogt.nl'
    Ted van der Togt
    3 months ago · Reply

    I just set up my SmartPlantPi kit (that I got as a KickStarter reward) by following the ‘AssemblyAndUsageManual 1.0’ and now am looking for the Advanced Manual to hook it up to Freeboard. Where can I find it?
    Kind regards, Ted

    • SwitchDoc Labs Author
      3 months ago · Reply

      It’s not quite out yet. We are hoping to publish it on June 1st. Stay tuned. If you want to do it yourself, you can really do it by following the SunIOT tutorial on switchdoc.com. It will be very similar to that flow. 🙂

  • caughron.tim@gmail.com'
    Tim Caughron
    3 months ago · Reply

    HELP PLEASE!

    Received my WeatherPi bundle last week. Currently without Solar option. I’ve had a heck of a time following the tutorials trying to get this thing to work. Have been following the GroveWeatherPi setup and using the github files. I’ve reached a point that Google can’t get me past.

    When I run GroveWeatherPi.py I get the following error:
    pi@raspberrypi:~/SDL_Pi_GroveWeatherPi $ sudo python GroveWeatherPi.py
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “GroveWeatherPi.py”, line 52, in
    from apscheduler.schedulers.background import BackgroundScheduler
    File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/APScheduler-3.3.1.post6-py2.7.egg/apscheduler/schedulers/background.py”, line 5, in
    from apscheduler.schedulers.base import BaseScheduler
    File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/APScheduler-3.3.1.post6-py2.7.egg/apscheduler/schedulers/base.py”, line 17, in
    from apscheduler.executors.pool import ThreadPoolExecutor
    File “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/APScheduler-3.3.1.post6-py2.7.egg/apscheduler/executors/pool.py”, line 2, in
    import concurrent.futures
    ImportError: No module named concurrent.futures
    pi@raspberrypi:~/SDL_Pi_GroveWeatherPi $

    I cannot find a solution around the ImportError. Everything seems to be working except my apscheduler setup. I have Python 2.7 installed, both apscheduler 2.1.2 and 3.3.1. If I comment out the import call on line 52 for apscheduler, I get the initial display showing sensor status. after that I get an error once again for apscheduler.

    Please any help would be great. Hope this is an acceptable place to post this request.

    BTW – I’m working with a RPi 3 until my Zero arrives.

    • SwitchDoc Labs Author
      3 months ago · Reply

      The Support Forums on the Main Page (under Support) is a better place to post this. You will get better and faster responses there!

      Sounds like you have an installation problem. Check in the forums. Someone had the same problem there.

      Do this and post the results:

      sudo pip uninstall apscheduler

      sudo pip install apscheduler

      SDL

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