J-Spark

Member Since: June 20, 2016

Country: United States

The trail-ready lightning detector has been out in the wild getting some good use. As summer nears its end, it is a great time to take the project back to the drawing board and figure out what should be upgraded, what should be added and what can be removed – just in time for some fall outdoor adventures!

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Hop on the I2C BUS and let's build Escape Room puzzles Qwiic!

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  • You'll definitely reduce the noise events by switching to Battery power and stepping away from an area with lots of electronics. I recommend checking out the examples in the Arduino Library which have helpful steps for tuning your Antenna to fit your needs. Playing around with the Noise and Disturbance level values is Key!

  • Plenty of reasons why! I get a lot more control of the data output and how I want it relayed, those prefab'd detectors usually run around 50$ or higher, I get a deeper understanding of how those devices operate, it i s a great introduction for myself into making portable systems, and it's a DIY portable lightning detector!

  • Thanks for the suggestion! I might splurge on a nice case when I feel the project is finally finished. In the meantime, printing a custom case with standoff holes for 50 Cents is really nice!

  • A good point and a good test! All I hopefully need to the enclosure to withstand is a quick drop into a creek or a little rain.

  • We could not agree more! This for personal interest and possibly adding more warning of a strike in addition to the preventive steps I take when traveling outdoors.

  • You bring up an excellent suggestion! I might try switching the display out for a Seven-Segment-Display or a a Serial -LCD for ease of reading outside.

  • That is a great idea, you have lucky friends! There are two solutions that come to mind but If anyone else has one please chime in. The I2C bus is not as effective once you stretch the lines over a large distance, say a room, but you could run the power cables from the Solenoid and the Lights to wherever you host your Keypad/Relay. This would effectively allow you have the keypad on one side of the room and the locked door on the other. In terms of going a more " Wireless' route " I would highly recommend checking out the new ESP32 Wroom. It has Wifi, bluetooth and a Qwiic Connector! You could have one paired with your Keypad, another with your Relay and they pass the signal wirelessly to each other. Oooh, I really like that idea...time for a new project. Thanks for the Comment!

  • Thanks for the inquiry! If there is interest I will happily add a Diagram and the code to the post. Check back soon!

  • Great Catch, Thank you! The AVR Treasure Chest project was really well done, Glad to make sure more people can also enjoy it.

  • That's a healthy step to take before committing yourself to a locked room. In my experience with Escape Rooms, they typically do not lock the door behind you for those kind of safety reasons. Often they rely on the thrill of the puzzle hunt to keep folks from walking out early and claiming Victory!

    There is an abundance of great options for Solenoid latches out there, that particular one has a different latch orientation than what I needed for the hinge. We are looking into sourcing some great Solenoid latches as well speak to keep an eye out for that! Thanks for the comment!

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