IoT Everywhere

Over the last 18 months I've ended up with a few different IoT devices

  • Tessel
  • Particle Photon
  • Intel Edison and Grover Starter Kit Plus
The problem is that I haven't sat down and put in the time to figure out what I want to use them for. The first step to figuring out a use case is figuring out what each devices is capable of.

Device: The Tessel 1

Device: Particle Photon

Device: Intel Edison

  • Docs
  • Button
  • Sound Sensor
  • 3-Axis Digital Accelerometer
  • Touch Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • Temperature Sensor
  • LCD RGB Backlight
  • Rotary Angle Sensor
  • Vibration Sensor
  • Buzzer
  • Green, Blue, Red LEDs
  • Stepper Motor

My first idea is to build a system that uses a sound sensor to detect my door buzzer. The sound would be passed to an API that has been trained to detect the sound pattern, or since it's mostly going to sound identical it is probably possible to detect the pattern on one of the boards. Once the door buzzer is detected I would send an alert -- it could be an email, SMS, or a phone notification.

The next step for the above system is to disable the sound buzzer and instead use the light sensor to detect the flashing light. Everything else would be the same, but this way I don't have to listen to the annoying buzzing sound!

Also useful would be a method to detect if I'm in the flat, if I am and the buzzer has gone off, I do not need to be notified, as I'll have heard the buzzer.


House Alarm System
Detect motion, door opening, notify to email
Door Buzzer
Detect door buzzer sound, notify to phone (email?)
Front door Unlocker
Secure endpoint where I can open/close my door