Head over to Instructables to learn how to make your plants Tweet using Spark Wi-Fi and ThingSpeak. Gregory Fenton created a project that monitors his plant’s soil moisture and then notifies him via Twitter when it is time to water it.
Greg built the project out of necessity to help his plants suffering from “localized drought”. Let’s hope his plants get proper watering and that other ThingSpeak users can quickly and easily build this project. Thanks for sharing!
A really awesome Kickstarter campaign called Blynk has came to our attention as users from their community and ours were asking if our systems could work together.
Blynk is an Android / iOS app that allows for a 5 minute, out-of-the-box experience for Internet of Things projects. Blynk already supports Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and in the future Electric Imp, Spark, The Airboard, Wildfire by Wicked Device, Tiny Duino, and ESP8266 Wi-Fi.
ThingSpeak offers the Internet of Things stable data storage, fast retrieval, data processing, data visualizations, and hooks to every web service possible. We are thrilled that Blynk is planning to support the open APIs of ThingSpeak to extend any IoT project with ThingSpeak web services.
The Blynk Kickstarter campaign ends at 12pm EST on February 14th. You have less than 48 hours to support Blynk! $20+ pledges will also get free 1 year premium account at Codebender.
Over the past few months, we have seen the ESP8266 Wi-Fi Module take the DIY Internet of Things makers by storm. The main reason is the ESP8266 is less than $5US includes Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to be programmed like a microcontroller. Another trend that we are seeing is that many of the ESP8266 modules are being connected to ThingSpeak web services. We are getting a lot questions every day, so we wanted to setup a new forum in our ThingSpeak Community dedicated to the ESP8266 Wi-Fi Module. Feel free to ask questions about ThingSpeak support with your ESP8266, we will do our best to provide answers and solutions on how to get the ESP8266 up and running quickly with ThingSpeak.
>> ThingSpeak ESP8266 Forum <<
With over 20,000 active streams of “Internet of Things” data, the servers that make up ThingSpeak.com are humming. We recently made extensive upgrades to the database system that stores all of data generated by things from all around the world.
“We switched to SSD drives for all of our database servers,” said Lee Lawlor, Lead Engineer of ThingSpeak. “All of the upgrades are live and available to the entire ThingSpeak Community!”
The improvements decreased response time dramatically and improved large data set retrieval by ten times.
[Chris Forsberg] created an example Internet of Things project to track luggage using ThingSpeak, an Adafruit GSM Module, and an Arduino. He built a simple system to send data to ThingSpeak, such as latitude, longitude, and status data. ThingSpeak exposes a data channel API for any system like this to being able to store data and then process the data.
The idea is that it is frustrating waiting for luggage at the airport and wondering where it is and why it is not on the baggage carousel. With this project, you can track luggage from start to finish. The advantages are not only for the traveler, the airlines could track luggage as well and get quality statistics for each airport. And, the base system has many applications outside of travel such as the Automotive Industry.
Chris explains the project really well on his blog and with a YouTube video.
We just created a FastLED and Arduino tutorial and Arduino Sketch to read in the latest CheerLights color and display it on FastLED compatible lights. CheerLights is a global network of colored lights that all synchronize to one color based on Twitter. People all around the world have built very creative displays of the latest CheerLights color. The new tutorial and Arduino sketch will make it easy to get started with NeoPixel lights from Adafruit and RGB-123 light panels.
For more information check out the FastLED and Arduino tutorial and the Arduino Sketch on GitHub.
[via ThingSpeak Tutorials]
Check out ThingSpeak Docs for more information about Plugin Widgets.
We spent some time enhancing our TweetControl App. TweetControl allows you to control things with Twitter. You setup a TweetControl to listen for a keyword mentioned on Twitter and we execute any web service API call that you specify. Developers have created racing cars, political campaign trackers, and we use it for the CheerLights project.
As more and more users create TweetControls, the service started slowing down. We have enhanced how the service works and now you get instant TweetControls!
Check out this Instragram video sending a Tweet and changing the CheerLights color. You will see that there is little delay between sending the Tweet and executing the control command to change the colors on his Christmas tree.
Learn more about TweetControl on ThingSpeak Docs.
TimeControl can be used to send Tweets automatically at predetermined times. In this tutorial, we’ll be sending a Tweet every weekday with the current time and the current CheerLights color.
The first step is to link a Twitter account to ThingSpeak.
Next, we’ll create a new TimeControl with the following values:
- Name: “CheerLights to Twitter”
- Frequency: “Recurring”
- Days: “Mon”, “Tue”, “Wed”, “Thu”, “Fri”
- Time: “9:40 am”
- Fuzzy Time: “+/- 10 minutes”
- Action: “ThingTweet”
- Tweet: “It is currently %%datetime%% and CheerLights is %%channel_1417_field_1%%.”
- Twitter Account: (select your linked Twitter account)
Save this TimeControl and you’re finished. Every weekday within 10 minutes of 9:40 am in your timezone, TimeControl will send a Tweet with the current datetime and the current CheerLights color.
The CheerLights Channel ID is 1417, and colors are saved in field 1, so %%channel_1417_field_1%% will be replaced with the current CheerLights color. You can change these values to access the most recent data from your own Channels.
Here’s an example Tweet from this tutorial.
[noel portugal] is at it again! This time Noel created a simple Wi-Fi based sensor data logger using ThingSpeak, the ESP8266 Wi-Fi module, and a digital temperature sensor. At the heart of the project is a low-cost Wi-Fi module that could be the basis for many Internet of Things projects.
Everything you need to know in order to build your own sensor logging project is on Noel’s Instructables.