The Internet of Things (IOT) industry is rapidly increasing in interest, revenue, and usability. This page will some of my activities in this cutting edge area on a personal or professional level. Unless otherwise stated, my preferred platform of choice is Particle.io and their "Photon" series of development boards. Learn more at Particle's website.
Using the Particle.io Photon, a custom application, a DS18B20 waterproof temperature sensor, and a dashboard via Ubidots, I was able to remotely monitor and record temperature fluctuations in my saltwater aquarium. This allowed me to more accurately adjust the heater's setting and understand the thermal energy being imparted to the water from the LED lighting. Conclusion: The stock LED light in the Fluval Evo 13 only rose the temperature by an average of 1-1.5 deg F during the day. Project is no longer active. Code available upon request.
Leveraging the Particle Power Shield, a 20W solar panel from eBay, some custom developed code, and rigorous testing, I was able to keep a Particle Photon alive for over 1 month using merely solar/battery power without any additional recharges needed. The sensor takes capacitive soil readings from a Dwarf Banana Plant every 20 minutes and streams the results to Ubidots.
Project is currently active. Code available upon request. Please see example widgets of actual data from the sensor. Data is refreshed approximately every 20 minutes 24/7.