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 nice but it had some disadvantages, mainly that you could only check on your dryer while on your home ...
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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 again. Fortunately Kookye recently sent us their Raspberry Pi IoT Starter Kit which has all sorts of ea...
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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 access a Raspberry Pi terminal over Bluetooth using your Android device or PC. You can create files, ins...
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NTC’s Pocket Chip Review

NTC's Pocket CHIP Start Splash
Now that I have been using it every day for a few weeks (showing how to connect it to an Arduino) I finally feel like I can give a fair review to the PocketCHIP. PocketCHIP is the portable skin for Next Thing Company's (NTC) $9 CHIP computer. It seems like the team at NTC wanted to create a handheld interface for their product but didn't want it to break the bank. I honestly think a lot of people would have passed on the CHIP without a clear use in mind but the capabilities of the PocketCHIP...
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Connect PocketCHIP to Arduino Part 2: Bluetooth

Part 2 of our 4 part Arduino PocketCHIP connection special. Previously we looked at how to connect and program an Arduino with the PocketCHIP over a serial USB connection. Today the goal is to  connect a PocketCHIP to an Arduino using a HC-05 Bluetooth module. Bluetooth communication through a HC-05 Bluetooth module. The HC-05 is a Bluetooth module that can communicate with an Arduino over a Serial connection. It can be used as a Master or a Slave module. To get the HC-05 configured we ...
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Connect PocketCHIP to Arduino Part 1: Serial via USB

I am a huge fan of my PocketCHIP- the handheld adapter for CHIP from NTC. However one of the Chips limitations as a hobby electronics medium is the difficulty of getting started in (what is to many) an unfamiliar controls atmosphere. Until there are more guides on how to use GPIO on CHIP we feel the fastest and easiest way to get started is to use the system one already knows. To get people started quickly we plan to show you how CHIP can be paired with the most common hobby micro-controller, th...
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First look at NTC’s CHIP

Chip Promotional Picture
I recently received Next Thing Company's (NTC's) $9 computer the C.H.I.P. and I wanted to get a quick look out. This isn't really a full review but these are my thoughts on the Arduino sized System on a Chip (SoC) computer. This is just for the computer itself and there will be a separate look at the handheld device Pocketchip from the same company. NTC started a Kickstarter for "The world's first $9 computer" in May of 2015 and raised over $2 million for this project. While the Raspb...
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