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Got a big head or know someone else that does? Literally inflate your ego with this mind-blowing project! Anytime someone hashtags your name on an Instagram photo or video, a balloon (with your head on it) will fill with helium. The more popular you are, the bigger the balloon will inflate, stretching your head into oblivion. Oh the splendor of being you! This social statement will surely prove your superiority among the commoners.How it works:This project is set up to trigger a servo every time the cloudBit receives a pulse though IFTTT’s Instagram channel. IFTTT is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements. When the cloudBit is triggered, the servo pulls down on a hose connected to the nozzle of a helium tank, releasing helium into a balloon. Any time a user hashtags a name of your choosing, a trigger is sent to IFTTT, which in turn sends an output signal to the cloudBit. Bask in your glory and float on!
Made by littleBits
Monitor and control the temperature of your home remotely. Transform your average household thermostat into a smart thermostat, kind of like nest. Now you can use your smartphone to get real time temperature readouts from your home and change the temperature from anywhere, whether you are across the world or sitting on the couch. *Note: The temperature sensor is coming soon. Stay tuned! How it works: Monitor There are two number modules in this circuit, one which displays the the current temperature in your home, and the other which displays the desired temperature you set. The current temperature in your home is read by the temperature sensor and transmitted through the first Arduino module to the cloudBit. In Cloud Control, you can view the temperature readout under the “receive signal” tab. Control The desired temperature can either be controlled through Cloud Control with the cloudBit or manually with the dimmer. Because these two inputs will often be set to different temperatures, the second Arduino module decides which input was most recently changed by you and sends that signal to the first Arduino. This module compares this value to the analog value coming in from the temperature sensor. Based on the difference of this comparison, the Arduino will either tell the servo to turn on or off. The servo activates the mechanism in a traditional thermostat that controls the temperature in your home. For example, if the current temperature of your home is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and you set it to be 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the Arduino will turn the servo on until the current temperature comes down to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, thus equalizing the inputs. Automate Use IFTTT to program your thermostat to maintain certain temperatures throughout the day. IFTTT is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements. For example, when you are away from home during the day, it is ok if the temp reaches up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but when you are home after 5 pm, you want it to stay around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. On/Off The button, latch, and LED at the top of the circuit act as an on/off switch for the thermostat. When this part of the circuit is on, the Arduino runs its program. When the button turns the latch off, the Arduino stops adjusting the servo (but you can still read the current temperature from the number module or from Cloud Control).
Made by littleBits
Monitor current and forecasted weather data with littleBits and a little coding. These customizable and modular weather boxes display current temperature, the forecasted high and low temperatures for the day, and the forecasted conditions for the day (i.e. sunny, cloudy, precipitation). Note: To complete this project, you will need to know how to work with APIs. The cloudBit’s API documentation can be found here. The Weather Underground's API documentation can be found here. How they work: We wrote a short program that gets information from Weather Underground and sends that data through the littleBits cloud to a cloudBit. Every 30 minutes the program asks Weather Underground for the current temperature and the forecasted high, low, and conditions for New York, NY. Then it converts this information into a voltage* which is sent to each cloudBit, adjusting the angle of the servos (the servos must be set to turn mode for this to work). We've posted the code for our program here. *The program does not specify the volts, rather it sends a value from 0 to 100 which tells the cloudBit what percentage of the total power (5v) to output.
Made by littleBits
When away, make sure your pet (fish, cat, dog) never goes hungry with this WiFi-activated feeder. You can either feed your pet remotely by pressing the button in Cloud Control (on your phone or computer) or you can set up an automated feeding schedule through IFTTT (If this then that). IFTTT is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements.How it works:Any time the feeder receives a signal through the cloudBit, the servo is activated. In our case, we attached a fish food container with a small hole drilled in its side to the servo. When the servo turns, a few pellets drop out of the container and into the bowl.You can activate the servo remotely in a couple different ways. You can either use the littleBits button in Cloud Control to send a single pulse to the cloudBit, activating the servo. Or, you could use an IFTTT channel, like Date Time to automate the feeding at times you set.
Made by littleBits
Receive a text notification when someone rings your doorbell! Whether you are in the backyard gardening, over at the neighbors house, or listening to music at full blast, you will always know when someone is at your door. Install this littleBits doorbell outside your home, and never miss a ring. How it works: The button on the SMS doorbell sends a signal through the cloudBit to IFTTT, which is set (via the SMS channel) to send you a text message (i.e. Knock knock! Someone is at the door). IFTTT (If This Then That) is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements.
Wirelessly control this music player with your phone or through a variety of IFTTT channels. Use Cloud Control (on your phone or your computer) to advance from from song to the next or try IFTTT’s Date Time Channel to make a customized musical alarm clock (you pick the song!). IFTTT (if this then that) is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements. You browse the IFTTT channels to find other fun interactions to play music in response to. *Note: The MP3 player module is not yet released. Stay tuned!How it works:This music player can be controlled two ways - either through the internet with the cloudBit or with the press of a button. A double OR (or XOR) module makes these two input interactions possible. In “next” mode, when the MP3 Player module receives a signal either through the cloudBit or from the button, it will skip from one song to the next. The sound will play out through the speaker module. For the custom alarm clock function, the MP3 Player is set to “once” mode, and we set the time of the alarm through IFTTT’s Date Time Channel. You can adjust the volume of the MP3 player by pressing both “forward” and “back” buttons at the same time, and for even more volume control, try adding a dimmer before the speaker.
Made by littleBits
Meet Mr. Thirsty, our super smart datacollecting water cooler. Not only does Mr. Thirsty fill your water cup to the perfect level, but every time he fills a cup, he logs the date and time onto a google spreadsheet using the cloudBit (In these days of the quantified office, if you're not measuring it, is it really even happening?). If you're curious about Thristy's day, you can check out his activity at Mr. Thirsty's Diary. How it works: There are two servoactivated levers that press the buttons on the front of the water cooler, thus dispensing water. You can set the fill time for both hot and cold water by turning the dimmers which will change the time (in seconds) on the number module (set in values mode). Then, just press the button to start the pouring process. As the the water pours, the number module will count down each second until the time is up and then disengage the servos. The number module can be used for both setting the clock and counting down the time because it's not connected directly to the dimmer. Instead, it's connected to the Arduino module. The Arduino reads the voltage coming in from the dimmer and then passes that value on to the number module. When you press the fill button, the Arduino stops reading the dimmer and instead decreases the voltage going to the number module by a set amount each second. Once the voltage has reached zero, the Arduino disengages the servo and sends a signal to the cloudBit telling it to log the event on Mr. Thristy's Diary. NOTE: Unless you have the same water cooler as the littleBits team, you will probably need to modify the size of the frame and the position of the levers.
Made by littleBits
This mobile notifies you via text message when your baby makes noise in the crib. You can also control the mobile remotely through Cloud Control on your phone.How it works:When the sound trigger hears a noise, it sends a pulse through the cloudBit to IFTTT. IFTTT (if this then that) is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements. IFTTT reads this trigger and outputs an action, in this case a text message to the parent. We used IFTTT’s littleBits and SMS channels to make this interaction happen.To activate the baby mobile remotely, simply press the button on Cloud Control. This will send a message to the cloudBit to activate the servo. With the littleBits IFTTT channel, you can also control how long the mobile stays on for as well as the speed at which it spins.
Control the temperature of your home remotely. This thermostat add-on uses the littleBits cloudBit and a servo module to change the temperature of your home from anywhere. Heading home from work and want to cool your apartment down? Use the slider app on littleBits Cloud Control to wirelessly move the move the needle on the temperature scale. Want to make your thermostat smarter? Add a temperature sensor to get real time readings from your home.*Note: temperature sensor is coming soon. Stay tuned!How it works:Control - With this add-on, the littleBits servo is connected to adjuster arm on your thermostat. Use Cloud Control (on your phone or computer) to adjust the position of the servo arm, thus moving the little adjuster lever and changing the temperature.Automate - Use IFTTT to automatically adjust your thermostat in response to conditions that you set (i.e. time of day or forecasted weather conditions). IFTTT (If This Then That) is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements. Use the Date Time channel to turn your thermostat down at 1pm and up at 6pm. The littleBits trigger allows you to adjust the percentage of output voltage sent to the servo, giving you more control over the temperature of your home.Monitor - The temperature sensor transmits data through the cloudBit to Cloud Control, which can be viewed under the “receive signal” tab. This way, you can always know temperature in your apartment/house.
We built a simple project using a Cloud bit and the Little Bit slider to monitor how much food our chickens are eating, and if the food pail is empty.How It Works:Our chicken feeder hangs from a spring. The more food that is in the feeder, the heavier it is, so the further down it pulls the spring. When the feeder pulls down on the spring it also pulls down on a slide dimmer. A full feeder pulls the dimmer all the way down, and an empty feeder pushes the dimmer up to the top.The dimmer is connected to a cloudBit, so we can check the level of the feeder anytime, from anywhere. We can also use IFTTT to set up alarms to let us know when the feeder is getting close to empty.
Made by Sonoma Maker
This awesome Gumball Machine is dedicated to Geof Lipman, Engineering Team Lead of littleBits. You are awesome and I appreciate you for spending your time with us! Have you ever thought of having your own Gumball Machine? With this awesome flower pot, you could send a text message (#GeofGumball) from your phone to the Cloud Module and receive a gumball! Well, I would receive gumball but I could definitely mail it to you if you'd like! Send #GeofGumball to (415)-799-4278 to let me know you're connected! ;) Be a Maker!
Made by #MR #STEAM
Ever want to make sure your plant has enough water when you'll be away for an extended period of time? I have some plants at the office that will be all alone for a few weeks, so I wanted to make something that can water them while I'm away. Using the power of the littleBits Cloud module and a hacked water dispenser you can create a watering schedule for your plant that will go off with a text or a preset schedule! Just set the amount of water you want and trigger a servo that will open and close a valve on a water dispenser. Make it rain on your plants using the cloud module.
Made by derthere