July 08, 2013

Make a Bluetooth-controlled Weather Lamp

 Everyone likes to know about the weather or the upcoming forecast, and there's a multitude of methods to display such data. This includes a very neat and different version again brought to us by Instructables user "talldrinks" with their Bluetooth weather lamp. The project comprises of two main parts. The first is a normal domestic lamp that has a rotating disc in front of the lamp, which rotates via a servo. This disc has patterns cut out of it to resemble different weather conditions, and when the lamp is activated the pattern is projected into the inside circumference of the lamp. This is demonstrated in the following video:

The second part of the project uses an Bluetooth link between the Arduino that controls the lamp and servo, and a mobile phone. This can either control the lamp directly, or by modifying the code can interrogate external weather data services and control the lamp for you. Being in Apple XCode, doing so may be tricky however the system could be modified to alter the lamp status depending on the results from a temperature sensor or other device. Either way, you can find out more from the project page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

To get started with your own temperature-controlled projects, consider using our TEMP: DS18B20-based temperature sensor module:

... or our HUMID: Humidity and Temperature sensor module based on the popular DHT22 sensor unit. Both modules are fully documented and easy to get started with. These are only two of over a dozen of our sensor and outputs modules

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