Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2016: IoT Projects! #IoTuesday

from Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2016: IoT Projects! #IoTuesday
by Jessie Mae

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We’ve created a gift guide for lovers of Iot! You can make any of these projects to give as a gift, or you can order all the parts needed and gift them, so that your loved one can make their own project. Here are a few projects you can make with some electronics and tutorials from adafruit!

If none of these strike your fancy, take a look at the Adafruit IO section of our learning system for tons more IoT projects!


Schluff – The Sleep Monitor

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We spend a third of our lives sleeping, and the quality of our sleep can have a big impact on how we feel during the day. Of course, being that we’re asleep during that time, it makes it hard to accurately gauge how comfortable we are at the moment. Sleep studies are one way to get accurate data – but they’re a big deal to run! Could we DIY?
Monitoring a sleep environment combined with heart rate data can tell us a lot about our needs. Here are some things that Schluff can do to help you maximize your nighty rest.

Temperature

– The ideal sleeping temperature is claimed to be on the cooler side near 65F. Sleeping at temperatures too far from that should result in reduced duration and quality of sleep.

Humidity

– Ideally 45%, but anywhere between 30-50% humidity can offer a good nights rest.
Light / Lux – You want these both to read zero during sleep. Recording light levels through the night can help pinpoint regular light disturbances (car headlights, full moon, porch lights, etc).

Noise

– Did something go bump in the night? Is it quieter tonight than other nights? Did you wake yourself up again from snoring too loud? Maybe your partner is the noise maker?

Heart Rate

– How low can you go? Ideal heart rates will vary from person to person, but generally a low resting heart rate means you are recovered and ready to go. A higher than normal heart rate indicates that you need additional rest. HR can also be used to indicate different states of sleep with REM having an irregular HR and the light and deep having lower more stable heart rates.

Get a list of all the components and full project details here!


DIY ESP8266 Home Security with Lua and MQTT

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This DIY home security system is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3!

One of the things I’ve noticed about home security systems is how expensive they are! The monetization model for home security is to not worry about making money on the hardware but sell the monitoring service at high rates. This is needed to support call centers for monitoring all the devices on a 24×7 basis. I’d love to have an alarm system, but they’re prohibitively expensive. We Makers can certainly do better!
The goal of the system is to detect doors or windows opening. If you don’t expect the door or window to open, you know something is up. This tutorial only talks about the door/window sensors and the alarm sequence. There are all kinds of things you can add to this alarm system once you have it constructed: smoke/fire sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, and security cameras, to name a few.

Learn more!


Smart Toilet Light

Make your toilet bowl glow with data from Adafruit IO!

This project is built with a Feather Huzzah ESP8266 WiFi microcontroller and a 8mm NeoPixel LED. You can 3D print a case and a LED clip to hold the hardware near the toilet bowl. By connecting to Adafruit IO the ESP8266 can listen for color and animation commands that are sent from other services like If This Then That (IFTTT), Zapier, and more. You’ll have your toilet pulsing and flashing different colors from the internet in almost no time!

Learn more!


Remote controlled door lock using a fingerprint sensor & Adafruit IO

Smart locks are now widely available, and allow users to open & close a door by the press of a button on their smartphone. Some locks are even connected to the cloud, and allows the user to open/close it remotely, and share the access to the door with other people.
In this project, we are going to build our own DIY version of such a smart lock, that can be controlled from anywhere in the world, as we’ll connect it to Adafruit IO.
However, we’ll add a twist in the project: we will actually also allow the user to control the door lock by using their fingerprint. And as the fingerprint sensor will also be connected to the Adafruit IO platform, it will be really easy to make both devices talk to each other. Let’s dive in!

See full project details here!

Don’t forget to take a look at the Adafruit IO section of our learning system for tons more IoT projects!


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We’re excited for the Holiday Season here at Adafruit, and we can’t wait to share that excitement with you! Stay tuned into the blog where you will find new, handpicked gift guides five days a week from November 7 through December 23rd, 2016 alongside holiday themed tutorials and builds!


Free Deals

Adafruit offers exciting deals and free items when you shop with us.

As of November 21st, 2016 1:00 PM ET we are currently offering:

ONE FREE LIMITED EDITION ENAMEL PIN for orders $99 or more. Some restrictions apply. There are currently three unique pins available as free items. While we cannot control which pin you’ll receive with your order, if you order using your Adafruit account we’ll send you a pin you haven’t gotten yet. Once you collect them all, we might have to send you repeats. Each pin is limited edition – so once we’ve given them all away, we won’t have any more. Act fast to collect them all!

ONE FREE ADAFRUIT FEATHER 32U4 BASIC PRO for orders $150 or more. Some restrictions apply and while supplies last!

FREE UPS ground (Continental USA) for orders $200 or more. Some restrictions apply.

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Adafruit Holiday Shipping Deadlines 2016

Here are your 2016 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

The Adafruit Shipping Department works hard to get your orders out as quickly as we can, but once they’re in the hands of our carriers they’re out of our control.

Carriers have been struggling to keep up with the sharp rise in online orders. UPS, FedEX, and USPS all experienced delivery delays over the last few years.

So all the Adafruit Shippers say: Please be sure you get your gifts early! Order as soon as you can! Once you place your order we’ll ship like the wind!

Please note: We do not offer Saturday or Sunday service for UPS or USPS.

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, Christmas, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2016, New Year’s Day, no UPS or USPS pickup or delivery service

Gift Certificates are always available at any time.

When in doubt contact us!

Domestic Orders

UPS ground: Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 9, 2016 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive by December 23.

UPS 3-day: Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 15, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016.

UPS 2-day: Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 16, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016.

UPS overnight: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 19, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority: Place orders by Friday– December 9, 2016 – Arrive by 12/23/2016 or sooner.

International Orders

USPS First class mail international: Place orders by Friday – November 18, 2016. Can take up to 30 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/23/2016 or sooner, but not a trackable service and cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/23/2016.

USPS Express mail international: Place orders by Friday – December 2, 2016. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/23/2016 or sooner.

UPS WORLDWIDE EXPRESS, UPS WORLDWIDE EXPEDITED and UPS EXPRESS SAVER (UPS International orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 9, 2016 – There is no guarantee that international packages will arrive by December 23 2016.

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