I have one the plexiglass battle, but I have not won the war. I have my very simple circuit to drive three servos working, but that is only a small piece of the greater plan.
I have it setup with a small 4-AA battery pack for now while I am prototyping. I bought the lipo rider pro from SeeedStudio to charge the battery during the day. Once I get all of the integrations working, I will swap the battery for that setup.
To communicate with the Arduino, besides the CC3000 wifi breakout, I am using the aRest server code from @marcoschwartz. Since I was focusing on the hardware, I did my best hacking to get something working quickly. Here is the hack to get the parameters to move the servo (don’t judge):
Once I get the hardware piece done, I will fix up that code to something that is less embarrassing.
Ok, this is where I enter my latest pit of despair 🙂 I use the SmartThings system in my house to control a lot of everyday tasks (I am really lazy). For instance, when I walk into my kitchen the lights turn on and the turn off when I leave. Again, Lazy! The goal of this phase is to create a custom device in their system so that on the iPhone the blinds can be controlled with the slider control. Below is what the Phillips Hue device type so you can see what the slider would look like.
Due to my insecurity issues, I tend to not post questions on forums, but tonight I have reached out. lol. The SmartThings community is very helpful, so I figured I might be able to solve my issue with their help.
Let’s see what they come up with.