Easy battery powered Mailbox Door IoT sensor using ESP32 1

Easy battery powered Mailbox Door IoT sensor using ESP32
This post is how I took my rusty (literally) old mailbox   and made it into smart mailbox (an IoT device) and in the process  how I  learned about Arduino and particularly  the ESP32 chip which lets us relatively easily  setup with minimal costs and complexity for a battery powered mailbox  notification system (and many other IoT ...

Running Mosquitto MQTT on Windows 10 super easy 2

Running Mosquitto MQTT on Windows 10 super easy
So I’ve been playing with all things Arduino , Raspberry Pi and IoT lately, when it comes to be able to easily link all these devices, the de facto standard is to use a MQTT  server and protocol  . But finding a Windows 10 version is complicated. This post I’ll describe the super-easy steps to getting ...

Raspberry Pi Zero W LED stock ticker code and demo

Raspberry Pi Zero W LED stock ticker code and demo
So I was recently intrigued by Raspberry Pi Zero W, it’s small ARM-based Linux PC with integrated WiFi and ability to connect shields (known as Hats or pHats in Raspberry lingo) , got me thinking what kinds of interesting applications could I use it for. After coming across the Scroll Phat HD in my electronics ...

Honest Review : Trackimo GPS dot live tracker

Honest Review : Trackimo GPS dot live tracker
Do you need near real-time GPS tracking for persons or property such as drones, baggage or other valuables in transit or anything that moves and you need to keep an eye-on?  The Trackimo GPS tracker can be purchased as low as $99 /for 1-year free tracking or $139 new from their website. The device  allows you to view it’s ...

Review: Viper SmartStart Remote Car Starter

Review: Viper SmartStart Remote Car Starter
Viper SmartStart is a new all-encompassing car remote start and alarm system that allows you to simply push a button on your smartphone in order to lock or unlock your car, remote start your car, or locate your car. You can even connect to this service through your smartwatch. This new system uses cloud services ...

DJI new SPARK selfie drone for $499 4

DJI new SPARK selfie drone for $499
Well today DJI is announced a new, smaller selfie class drone the colorful DJI Spark ,. The new DJI Spark drone unveiled at the official May 24th 2017 DJI announcement event in NYC has the following features…. Primary Features: Class: Selfie drone Flight time: 16 minutes Speed: up to 31mph Battery: Swappable, Micro USB chargeable ...

new hobby drone photography – drones and aerial photography (aka Quad copters)

new hobby drone photography - drones and aerial photography (aka Quad copters)
So I have had my eye on getting a drones (formally known as a quad copter) or UAV in FAA parlance ) for a while. I had started seeing the DJI Phantom series of drones pop-up here and there and had always been curious and intrigued by the flying camera. But I could never rationalize ...