This is my fourth blog for the Summer of Sensors Design Challenge under the catagory Exploration Station. In previous blogs I have introduced the project idea, laid out my goals and objectives, proposed a project shedule, and summarised some initial research.
Just to summarise quickly for anybody joining the party late, my project is a low cost, adaptive smart bulb controller using a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor kindly sponsored by Vishay. The proximity sensor will be used to automatically turn the light on or off when the user sits down next to the light or walks away. The ambient light sensor will be used to control the brightness of the bulb to equalise with the ambient light level and reduce eye tension. There is also a colour sensor which I hope to incorporate along the way.
Yesterday I received my kit and today I've been testing it out, so for today's blog you are all in for a treat! Since it was going to be to hard to document this stage of the project in writing, I have created a video blog today. There was so much to fit into it, but after much editing and cutting out the boring bits, I have managed to cut the video down to just 50 minutes. I hope that it will be interesting, engaging and educational for you all.
Thank you for your interest in this project, and taking the time to view this special blog. As always, if you have any suggestions or questions or would like to see some different content, please drop a comment below.
There is a little bit of design work to do next and then I'll be evaluating the WiFi smart bulb which I have purchased. This will be another exciting experiment - plugging it in and seeing if I can control it manually from an ESP32 rather than using the app which comes with it. If this sounds interesting, please like and follow and I'll be sure to blog my progress.
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