If you've already got an Amazon Alexa or Echo dot in your home or office, you can easily add your very own devices. In this quick project we'll show how to use an Adafruit ESP8266 Feather HUZZAH to control NeoPixels or a relay. You can easily adapt the code to add any number of devices to a single Feather for all sorts of interactive home automation projects with ease!
The VL53L0X is a Time of Flight distance sensor like no other you've used! The sensor contains a very tiny invisible laser source, and a matching sensor. The VL53L0X can detect the "time of flight", or how long the light has taken to bounce back to the sensor. Since it uses a very narrow light source, it is good for determining distance of only the surface directly in front of it. Unlike sonars that bounce ultrasonic waves, the 'cone' of sensing is very narrow. Unlike IR distance sensors that try to measure the amount of light bounced, the VL53L0x is much more precise and doesn't have linearity problems or 'double imaging' where you can't tell if an object is very far or very close.
Schluff is a yiddish word which means to take a short nap. This project is about finding the ideal environment for quality sleep by monitoring different conditions and biometric data. Ideally the data from this device would be overlayed with a wrist based fitness tracker for additional revelations. Schluff records the following: temperature, humidity, light, noise and heart rate. The collected data is sent from a Feather 32u4 (Arduino compatible) over to an iOS device or macOS laptop using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). The BLE catchers can save the data locally or relay it up to adafruit.io for storage and graphing.