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  • 🍚 Smart machines for food and tasks, with custom settings and feedback: coffee, laundry, kegerators, smokers, humidors, sous vide… The Photon is great here. You can wire up and waterproof a little TMP32 temperature sensor—or a DHT11 for temperature and humidity — or connect a commercial one. A relay can remotely toggle power, while a transistor can be used to “push” buttons. And this person had a brilliant solution for reading status lights.
  • 🍂 Automatic sensing/dispensing machines, with data collection: pet feeders and plant water-ers. The Photon can usually handle this, too. Some people pipe the data to a dashboard with Sparkfun Data, Freeboard, or the Artik Cloud (which can also help you control things with other things).
  • 🚪 Access control: Remote-triggered garage door openers, smart door locks, doorbells. IFTTT’s “Do Button” app works great with the Photon for these. You prefer Bluetooth? Consider the Edison, or Particle’s spinoff Bluz. For door-open detectors, look at magnetic reed switches.
  • 📷 Remote camera systems: baby and pet monitors, door cams. The Pi is popular for this; you can use a consumer webcam, or buy a little un-enclosed module to plug in, and serve them to the internet or your home network.
  • 💡 Smart lights and IoT info displays: Hoo boy, how to narrow it down? Of course, you have consumer options like WeMo and Philips Hue. For more custom projects, Adafruit’s NeoPixels and DotStars are easily controlled with the Photon, which has its own NeoPixel ring shield as well as a full-blown Internet Button (with great tutorials for multi-function smart IoT buttons).
  • 🎥 Media centers / notification interfaces: I’d actually recommend the UDOO for this — a tool that integrates UDOObuntu Linux with a fully-functional Arduino, baked together on a single board! There are a couple of cool network-attached storage tutorials.

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Alex Glow

Alex Glow

DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

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