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#1 bluehash

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 01:03 PM

Amazon has the Mpow Solar Powerd Wireless Security Motion Sensor for $10. Coupon: POXZYH6W 

This is the 4-led version.

 

There is also an 8 LED version for $15.

Buy 1: $17.99 - $3 off w/ promotion code M5ZUZU3R = $14.99
Buy 2: $35.98 - $7 off w/ promotion code GJAIZ8QV = $28.98
Buy 3: $53.97 - $11 off w/ promotion code SVVBYF3Z = $42.97

 

It is weather proof, probably IP64. Good for hooking up your sensors. It also seems large enough for a CC3200 launchpad, maybe.

 

I might snag one.

 

Calling all IoT guys.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 09:23 PM

Amazon has the Mpow Solar Powerd Wireless Security Motion Sensor for $10. Coupon: POXZYH6W 

This is the 4-led version.

 

There is also an 8 LED version for $15.

Buy 1: $17.99 - $3 off w/ promotion code M5ZUZU3R = $14.99
Buy 2: $35.98 - $7 off w/ promotion code GJAIZ8QV = $28.98
Buy 3: $53.97 - $11 off w/ promotion code SVVBYF3Z = $42.97

 

It is weather proof, probably IP64. Good for hooking up your sensors. It also seems large enough for a CC3200 launchpad, maybe.

 

I might snag one.

 

Calling all IoT guys.

@cubeberg @Fmilburn @Lgbeno @spirilis. Sorry If I missed anyone.

One of the reviews says its about the size of the palm of the persons Hand. e.g. it's small. But wulf has been talking about LED lighting lately, I shoot him a link and maybe we'll get a few.

 

For the record though, since we're completely offgrid and mostly solar powered, almost our entire homestead is illuminated with LED lighting. The technology is definitely there. We keep an eye on sales at homedepot for the 6W lights, and most of them are decent colour range now days. e.g. warmer than say a couple years ago. So not really harsh white light. Anyway slightly off topic to this post, but thought I'd toss that out there for those who haven't made the leap yet.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 10:14 PM

Thanks @yyrkoon. I'll post some pics once I get it. For $10, a solar panel+charging circuit+weatherproof housing is definitely nice.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 10:34 PM

Thanks @yyrkoon. I'll post some pics once I get it. For $10, a solar panel+charging circuit+weatherproof housing is definitely nice.

 

Oh sure, no problem. Yeah I was thinking along those lines too. One thing that bugged me though was the "5 year solar panel life time". But perhaps since I'm used to "the real deal" when it comes to solar panels, I'm a bit jaded ? e.g. for commercial grade panels no one knows the expected lifetime of many. Since no one has ever out lived one - heh !
 


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 01:45 AM

Looks pretty cool! Would be fun to hack the motion sensor to do some some deer detection. Keep those animals from eating the shrubs :)


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 05:02 AM

One thing that bugged me though was the "5 year solar panel life time".


I suspect the battery life is about 5 years. So after about 5 years it stops working. Saying the battery life is 5 years leads to people wanting to know how to replace the likely "non-replaceable" battery, so marketing says 5 year panel life.
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Posted 29 July 2015 - 05:40 AM

Looks pretty cool! Would be fun to hack the motion sensor to do some some deer detection. Keep those animals from eating the shrubs :)


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And how pray tell would you do that ? Claymore in the bush ? Remember, that those have a lethal back blast ~30m behind as well ;)

 

Seriously though, a squirting water "cannon" turret might be fun - heh

 

EDIT heh ! Use multiple of these movement sensors to triangulate, and shoot deer with nerf darts ;)


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 11:49 AM

Well I was thinking maybe playing an annoying sound that will startle them but shoot stuff is way more cool


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Posted 30 July 2015 - 09:43 PM

Some pics of the size and opened up. Really no place for a CC3200 LP. Maybe for the Wi-Fi SensorTag?

 

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 10:13 PM

@bluehash - looks tight - do you think a minimal MSP430G2 DIP package on a small PCB with nRF24L01 would fit? Also, what do you think of the weatherproofing?

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 12:04 AM

@bluehash

 

Oh cool you got one. Just curious. Does this thing seem to produce a decent amount of light ? We're thinking on getting a couple for our front gate


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Posted 31 July 2015 - 12:21 AM

@bluehash If you rip out that big blue thing there would be plenty of room. :) :)

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 11:55 AM

More pics showing fitment:

With the battery out.

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MSP430 G2 Launchpad fits nice and snug within the weather seal boundary. Some dremelling is needed on the underside so that the headers can clear.. or you could also invert it:

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CC3200 Launchpad fits in the casing, but outside the weather seal boundary:

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CC2650 STK sensortag fitment:

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@bluehash - looks tight - do you think a minimal MSP430G2 DIP package on a small PCB with nRF24L01 would fit? Also, what do you think of the weatherproofing?

 

Yes, it will fit.

 

@bluehash

 

Oh cool you got one. Just curious. Does this thing seem to produce a decent amount of light ? We're thinking on getting a couple for our front gate

 

There are two modes, dim and high. On the high setting, you really cannot look into it.  There is a 600mah battery pumping into 4 LEDs.

 

@bluehash If you rip out that big blue thing there would be plenty of room. :) :)

Yes :) and also a dremel.

 

Any more information you guys need, let me know.

 

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 06:46 PM

I bet @Lgbeno s "wireless launchpad" will fit into it ;)


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Posted 01 August 2015 - 01:20 PM

Haha, It looked bigger in the first listing!

My new board is 2.25x0.95 inches (57.20x24.13 mm) and about 3.5mm thick with the connector.

The 3.7v battery is somewhat high for the circuits. Nothing a series Diode couldn't fix. There is one on the board, just need to remove the boost converter chip.


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Posted 02 August 2015 - 02:57 PM

Kinda coincidental, my family and I are taking a vacation in Door Co WI where there are a few Harbor Towns on Lake Michigan. Taking a stroll down the docks and what do I see:
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Would make a good foot traffic counter!


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 03:47 AM

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I received my light today and had to check out the fit for the MSP430 sensor node that I also received and built up.

Looks like a decent fit. Now if only I had more time figure out how to connect the PIR and control the LEDs with the MSP430!


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 05:57 AM

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I received my light today and had to check out the fit for the MSP430 sensor node that I also received and built up.

Looks like a decent fit. Now if only I had more time figure out how to connect the PIR and control the LEDs with the MSP430!


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Where is the "anti-deer" machinegun ? Mwahahaah!


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Posted 05 August 2015 - 09:51 AM

Now if only I had more time figure out how to connect the PIR and control the LEDs with the MSP430!

I've done a few things using an Olimex MSP430 based PIR. It's pretty much TI's SLAA283B PIR reference design.




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