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New version Smart Citizen Kit available | Waag

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/07/05

By now it should be able to order them normally, as this link is from early 2019: [WayBack] New version Smart Citizen Kit available | Waag

An improved 2.1 version of the Smart Citizen Kit is now ready for pre-ordering.

What does the 2.1 version measure?

The Smart Citizen Kit focuses on the weather, sound, light and air quality. The following overview shows the different sensors in version 2.1:

  • Temperature (°C) – Sensirion SHT31
  • Relative humidity (% rh) – Sensirion SHT31
  • Noise level (dBA) – Invensense ICS4342
  • Ambient light (lx) – Rohm BH1721FVC
  • Air pressure (barometer, kPa) – NXP MPL3115A2
  • Equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2 in ppm) – AMS CCS811
  • Volatile organic compounds (ppb) – AMS CCS811
  • Particulate matter (PM1/2,5/10 in μg/m3) – Plantower PMS 5003

Our findings in 2014 showed that the housing can be an important factor by influencing the sensors; there must be sufficient air flow, but also a watertight environment. And the placement is important (not in full sun for example).

Some relevant links and information:



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Build your own Infrared reader head for electriciti smart meters for around USD 6: [4K] – YouTube

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/24

In German, but very interesting IR-Lesekopf für SmartMeter selber bauen | [4K] – YouTube:

I could not find the promised follow-up video at – YouTube, but the manual steps and the site below have enough information for me.

Too bad the site is way to big to fully archive in the WayBack machine. I only saved the top pages:

Related: [WayBack] MQTT-Grundlagen-Kurs –


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ESP32-CAM Surveillance Camera (Home Assistant Compatible) – YouTube

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/18

Cool little camera.

Absolutely not HD, but comes in very handy for instance when monitoring things from a remote location.

More at [WayBack] ESP32-CAM Video Streaming Web Server (works with Home Assistant) | Random Nerd Tutorials

Build an IP Surveillance Camera with the ESP32-CAM board. The ESP32 Camera hosts a video streaming web server that integrates with Home Assistant or in any browser.


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Electronics-Salon DIN Rail Mount +/-20Amp AC/DC Current Sensor Module, based on ACS712: Industrial & Scientific

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/24

For my link archive (this DIN rail device allow sensing current used by a circuit; models for 5A/20A/30A).

Thanks Matthijs ter Woord for pointing me to this.

Schematics show it uses an LM317 linear voltage regulator (to get 5V out of a 8V-35V range) next to the ACS712 current sensor (based on the [WayBack] Hall effect) available in 5A, 20A and 30A varieties.




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Good tips for powering any kind of LED strips from the Adafruit NeoPixel Überguide | Adafruit Learning System

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/10/22

Read these tips before playing with any kind of LED strips: [WayBack] Powering NeoPixels | Adafruit NeoPixel Überguide | Adafruit Learning System.

There are more, but these are the most important:

  • When connecting NeoPixels to any live power source or microcontroller, ALWAYS CONNECT GROUND (–) BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. Conversely, disconnect ground last when separating.
  • Adding a 300 to 500 Ohm resistor between your microcontroller’s data pin and the data input on the first NeoPixel can help prevent voltage spikes that might otherwise damage your first pixel. Please add one between your micro and NeoPixel.
  • Before connecting a NeoPixel strip to ANY source of power, we very strongly recommend adding a large capacitor (1000 µF, 6.3V or higher) across the + and – terminals. This prevents the initial onrush of current from damaging the pixels.
  • Be extremely cautious with bench power supplies. Some — even reputable, well-regarded brands — can produce a large voltage spike when initially switched on, instantly destroying your NeoPixels!
    If you use a bench supply, do not connect NeoPixels directly. Turn on the power supply first, let the voltage stabilize, then connect the pixels (GND first).

Via: [WayBack] Bouw je eigen ledtafel – Tot slot – Achtergrond – Tweakers


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