A thermostat appliance only needs to send a few bits/bytes of information to get its point across. It can also be used to send sensor information. In this case, a temperature sensor!
I have Phillips Hue at home, so using the nice instructions from ITP Light & Interactivity I was able to connect to my home’s hue setup as a developer. Here is a snapshot of my home’s current setup (collected through a GET request after connected):
I used Node.js and Express to make a local server with some very basic routing features.
The repository for this project and other connected devices projects can be found here. This post is contained to the ‘lilserv’ folder.
Meet our new friend, WeMos D1, aka WeMo, aka WeBro
WeMos is going to use its wifi chip to gather information from the web, and eventually – hopefully – interpret that information and do something about it; namely lighting up some LEDs!