27
Feb 15

Let Your Plants Tweet Using Spark and ThingSpeak

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.

Spark ThingSpeak Plant Monitor

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!

[via Instructables]



12
Feb 15

Blynk Internet of Things App for Arduino to Support ThingSpeak Web Services

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 Kickstarter IoT

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.

Blynk ThingSpeak IoT Kickstarter

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.

[via Kickstarter]



06
Feb 15

New ThingSpeak Forum Dedicated to the ESP8266 Wi-Fi Module

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 <<



30
Jan 15

Database Performance Upgrades #featurefriday

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.
ThingSpeak Multiple Feed Read_Times



16
Jan 15

ThingSpeak Used to Track Luggage for Travel Internet of Things Applications

[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.

ThingSpeak Travel IoT Project

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.



19
Dec 14

CheerLights Arduino Sketch for FastLED Compatible Lights #featurefriday

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.

CheerLights with Arduino FastLED RGB-123

For more information check out the FastLED and Arduino tutorial and the Arduino Sketch on GitHub.

[via ThingSpeak Tutorials]



12
Dec 14

Templates for Plugin Widgets #featurefriday

Plugin Widgets allow you to create custom visualizations for your ThingSpeak Channels by using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. We just added a new feature that allows you to start with templates. We created a Google Gauge and a two axis chart widget!

Check out ThingSpeak Docs for more information about Plugin Widgets.



05
Dec 14

Instant TweetControls #featurefriday

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.



09
Oct 14

[Official Tutorial] Sending Tweets Automatically Every Morning With TimeControl

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.



03
Oct 14

[Instructables] Wi-Fi Temperature Data Logger

[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.

ThingSpeak WiFi Temperature Logger

Everything you need to know in order to build your own sensor logging project is on Noel’s Instructables.

[via Instructables]