Tag "python"

Controlling 4DSystems Diablo16 and Picaso displays from Python

A few week ago I had a really good time testing 4DSystems 4Duino-24 board. One of the things I noticed is that the Serial Command Set interface is really flexible. You can easily drive the display from an 8-bit microcontroller. But you can also use more powerful controllers like an ESP8266 or an ARM machine like a Raspberry Pi or even my laptop. 4DSystems provide libraries for all those platforms and others....

The Rentalito

“Say Hello to The Rentalito!” That was the first message The Rentalito displayed almost 2 years ago. The Rentalito means something like “small rental monitoring thingy” (free translation from “rental” and “ito”, which is the suffix for “small” in Spanish). It was born to display the rentals in a VOD project my team was working at that time. The Rentalito displayed total rentals, rentals by day and it beeped every time a new rental showed up in the database displaying the movie that was just rented....

XBee to MQTT gateway

So far I’ve posted about hardware and theoretical stuff like network architecture or naming conventions. I think it’s time to move to the software side. The core of the sensor network I’m deploying at home is the Mosquitto broker that implements MQTT protocol. It manages the messaging queue, listening to messages posted by publishers and notifying the subscribers. I’ve been working in parallel to have at least some pieces in place to get and store information from the pulse counter sensor....