WiFi Controlled Car with a Self Hosted HTML/JS Joystick Using a Wemos D1 Mini/ESP8266


Here’s a video of the car in action:

Gallery of all the pictures I took.

The most recent project I decided to work on was a line following robot. However, as I was testing it to make sure the direction code was working, I decided to develop something that I can control from my smartphone. It turned out much better than I was expecting, so I figured I should make a blog post about it. Read more...

Using the Home Assistant Alert Component with Telegram Acknowledge


This is an update to my post about the Garage Door Notification which was based on my Wifi Garage Door Controller .

So about a week after my post about sending a repeating notification through Home Assistant, the developers created a new ‘Alert’ component that basically made my post obsolete. So I decided to switch over to the Alert component and add some extra features. Read more...

WindyWire (Buzz Wire) Game Using a Wemos D1 Mini/ESP8266


I’ve seen these games around, and I wanted to make my own. The object is simple. The metal wand has a loop with a long windy wire going through it, and the object is to get from one end of the wire to the other, without touching the wand to the wire. It automatically detects when the game is starting and when it ends, and records the last time and record time. It also displays this information on the OLED display and it buzzes when the wire is touched. Read more...

Current Monitor and Water Sensor for Sump Pump


I have a sump pump in my basement that doesn’t run very often. I wanted to be able to get a notification when it did run and a notification in the event of a water leak, which might indicate that the pump isn’t functioning properly. Detecting water was relatively simple, but trying to figure out when the pump runs was a little more challenging. I looked into a vibration sensor since the pipes would vibrate very lightly when it came one, but the sensor just wasn’t sensitive enough. I also considered measuring the amount of sound, but I thought that might cause some false positives when the kids were in the basement playing. Read more...

ESP8266 RemoteDebug Library


What you need:

I discovered this Arduino library a few weeks ago, and was surprised to see that there aren’t more projects that make use of it. I feel that anyone that is using OTA would have a use for this library. So I decided to make a post because I’m thinking that there are many people that don’t know about it. This library was written by JoaoLopesF. Read more...

Wifi Fireplace Using a Wemos D1 Mini/ESP8266


After installing my Garage Door Controller, I wanted my next project to be something cooler. Of course, there’s nothing cooler than a smart gas fireplace.

Here is a list of things you will need to get started:

Software that you will need:

I created a gallery of all the images for this project in case anyone needs a closer look at any of the wiring. Read more...