Configuring the ESP8266 using an Arduino and Software Serial Mirroring

Configuring the ESP8266 using an Arduino and Software Serial Mirroring
A couple weeks ago we looked at an Internet of Things solution , the Particle Photon. After getting a lot of feedback from the community we got our hands on Riaspire ESP8266 WiFi board. This one of the many ESP8266 boards out there. The ESP8266 , like the Photon, is a  a WiFi enabled microcontroller module that can be used as a solution to any IoT project. However, as the Particle Photon wa...
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BeatBot using Arduino with Vibration Switch and buzzer

BeatBot using Arduino with Vibration Switch and buzzer
What is the BeatBot? The BeatBot is a BreakoutBros toy invented to entertain people who love tapping their fingers to a beat. It's very simple, and after playing with it for a while I had to share this creation. Using a vibration switch and a buzzer the BeatBot will sense a predetermined number of beats and play them back to you. You can tap your fingers along and it will remember the beat Check i...
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Send Notifications from a Raspberry Pi to your Phone Using Pushover

Send Notifications from a Raspberry Pi to your Phone Using Pushover
In my last post I put together a Raspberry Pi project that would display whether a dryer is running on a webpage hosted on the Pi. If you haven't read that article yet you can check it out here. If you haven't read the article yet the gist of it is that it used a vibration sensor to tell whether a clothes dryer was running and to display the status on a website hosted on the Pi. That was ni...
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Control Arduino Over Wifi Using IoT Device – Photon

Control Arduino Over Wifi Using IoT Device – Photon
  Last week we looked into using the Particle Photon to connect to our RFID badge and LCD system using an Arduino to control an IoT device. But what about the other way around? This article we will discuss using an IoT device to control an Arduino. Level Shifters To do this we will be expanding on the 5V to 3.3V level shifter we made in the Photon RFID article and also create a 3...
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Web Enabled Dryer Monitor for the Raspberry Pi

Web Enabled Dryer Monitor for the Raspberry Pi
I was lying in bed sick over the weekend, contentedly watching old Firefly episodes, when something horrible happened. I remembered that I had a load of clothes in the dryer and I was going to have to get up, walk across my apartment like a caveman and use my own eyeballs to check if the dryer was done. After that ordeal I vowed to come up with a way to make sure I never had to go through that aga...
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Turning your Ardunio Project into an IoT device using Particle Photon

Turning your Ardunio Project into an IoT device using Particle Photon
After reviewing the Particle Photon, I wanted to go back to one of our tutorials and add some IoT (Internet of Things) functionality using the Photon. In this tutorial I'll walk through how to have the Particle Photon email you by adding this capability to our RFID Badge Scanner with LCD tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEIj6VEkeXg&feature=youtu.be If you have not seen the RFID Badg...
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Raspberry Pi Bluetooth Terminal

Raspberry Pi Bluetooth Terminal
The first thing you do when you buy a Raspberry Pi is to access the terminal using SSH, with PuTTY for instance. This is a great when you have network connectivity, but what if you want to use your Pi without network access? You could connect using the micro USB port as a serial port, but then you can't use that port for anything else. In this article I'll walk you through a simple project to acce...
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BreakoutBros Halloween Special: Remote Control Jack-o-Lantern

BreakoutBros Halloween Special: Remote Control Jack-o-Lantern
We wanted to get into the Halloween spirit at BreakoutBros but we are super busy writing reviews, tutorials, and decorating our houses. While I was testing parts to review the ControlEverything.com Arduino Shield I realized I was just a few spliced wires and a relay away from something fun. So I combined that shield, the Arduino Light Control Tutorial, a ceramic Jack-o-Lantern, and some wir...
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Tutorial Arduino Mini Laser Turret Control

Tutorial Arduino Mini Laser Turret Control
In this tutorial we will be making a "Laser Turret" using a joystick control. The joystick will move the laser on a turret and it will be able to turn the laser up and down while turning on or off the laser. Don't worry, the laser is just for show; we won't be harming anyone with this tutorial. We got the inspiration to create this Laser Turret when we were combining parts from the  Elegoo Uno ...
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