Lots of code changes and some hardware. Here's some of them: Added ShiftBright RGB LED to pins D2, D12 and D13 Added code for ShiftBright Updated DEBUG routines Day overhead handling is updated to wait longer before turning off Added yellow and red LED indications for day overhead conditions Night cold conditions are mirrors of … Continue reading LCC v5 is almost ready
I gave up on trying to drive the A6280 directly with the Arduino. macetech.com already did what I wanted but couldn't do myself. They used the A6281 (which doesn't come in a DIP package- only an SMC) on a nice little breakout board with a RGB LED. Yea! So here's the Module.It worked perfectly and … Continue reading ShiftBright RGB LED Module Saves the Day!
My LCC project is growing. Too much I/O is needed! I'm exploring the I²C bus system. It seems simple enough. Direct I/O is nice but is wasteful- I've used all the I/O already on the LCC project but I still need more! Wikipedia has a great write up all about it. Now I have to apply … Continue reading Out of I/O! What to do???
The goal of the Lizard Climate Control (LCC) software is to control the climate of my lizard's enclosure using the Arduino and other hardware components. It can operate independently of a PC. However it is capable of supplying diagnostic data via the serial port to an attached PC if needed. LCC depends on hardware to … Continue reading Lizard Climate Control Software Operation Description
Below the break is revision 4. Read the comments in the code. I'll post a formal description of the software's behavior soon. Also included is a zip file of the serialreceiver to get data from the arduino. This runs in the processing language. Get it here: serialreceiver for LCC v4 [php] /* Software started on … Continue reading LCC Code v4
I haven't published my code for this project yet. Mainly because it's dangerous and not totally tested. Here's what I mean: This software controls the environment of a living thing. Failure of the software can cause death. I'm not ok with that. For example- last night I had an over heat condition. Because of a … Continue reading LCC code
Nice little gallery of pictures as things have come along:
Below is the breadboard circuit diagram. It's pretty final. I hope to clean it up a bit when the project is final. The major additions in this rev is that I'm using transistors against the Arduino digital outs to control the AC relays and a corresponding LED indicator. The on/off switches in those circuits provide a bypass … Continue reading LCC Breadboard Visual
For the LCC project I had to add a real time clock (RTC) so that it could manage the light schedule independently of a PC. I added a fairly generic RTC shield. I could have used this one or this one. They both use the I2C bus and the DS1307 RTC chip. The example from … Continue reading Real Time Clock
Check out our bearded dragon! He's a cutie. Two cameras on for most hours while we're not home. Click here to watch!