NodeRED RFM2Pi to emonCMS gateway

I created a Node-RED RFM2Pi gateway few weeks ago, have it running nicely since then. I decided to use that approach instead of a python script, since it is very flexible, visual and easy to extend. Prior to Node-RED I used the great OEM gateway script by Jérôme Lafréchoux. My inspiration to switch to Node-RED were Nathan…

Detecting AC

I sometimes have home automation projects that require detecting AC voltage (on/off only), previously have experimented with non-contact AC detection. Here is another approach that may be more suitable for low-power AC detection node: using a NE2 neon lamp and an LDR     The bulb will reduce LDR’s resistance and the circuit will read…

Funky v3 and YAPM project files now on github

I have published the Eagle design files for the Funky v3 and YAPM projects here and here respectively for anyone interested to try them out. A quick re-cap – Funky v3 is a miniature low power battery operated Arduino Leonardo with radio module, and the YAPM is a cheap power monitor project. The Funky v3…

My dog as smart wireless DVR sensor

I live in a small village ~25km from Sofia, Bulgaria and commute daily to the city. My house’s alarm system would occasionally ring me and I would rush back home to see if all is fine, that can be pretty inconvenient. For that reason, I installed a basic home security CCTV surveillance DVR system, so…

Keypad as USB keyboard

I fiddled with a new keypad today, this is not the first time I have a keypad project, but this time I want it to act as a USB keyboard instead. This is a convenient way to enter numeric data and I have some project ideas in the pipeline that will need a keypad. The…