I’m going to flash my Sonoff switches to install a custom firmware on them. I am using the following resources as a reference:
From the Internet:
- KmanOz/KmanSonoff firmware – this is a firmware that is designed to work with Home Assistant.
- Sonoff Tasmota – flexible and fully featured firmware specifically for the Sonoff.
- ESPurna firmware – this looks like an extremely fully featured firmware that not only supports Home Assistant, but also Google Home, Domoticz, Alexa, and more.
Csongor Varga has a useful Sonoff Cheatsheet here.
An idea I’ve been wanting to do for a while is to use an old phone as an IoT device. A second-hand smartphone is potentially a cheap way to get a processor, screen, and storage. The phone needs to be hackable – I think an operating system like LineageOS or JanOS needs to be installed on it. LineageOS has the best support for different phones. In order to be useful for IoT, the base phone should be extensible to add sensors or micro-controllers.
I’ve had two new toys arrive today! The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ that was released yesterday, arrived today. This is great turn-around by Pimoroni! I’m planning to put Home Assistant on it and use it as a local server.
Continue reading “New Toys!”
There’s a really interesting post over at The Verge on How to upgrade an iPod for 2018 with flash memory and a new battery. They say that the 5th Generation iPod works best, because it has the best DAC in it. They upgraded a 30GB iPod to have 250GB of storage and replaced the battery.
Of course, you could always just replace the SSD in your iPod to increase the size up to 1TB.