A portable HD Wireless Baby Camera that transforms your mobile device into a baby monitor. Now you will be able to keep an eye on your little one wherever you are.
+ Replaces traditional baby monitors + 2-way communication and lullabies to sooth your baby + WiFi and USB-powered for instant monitoring anywhere
– Does not (fully) work with Network Video Recorder – Camera can only be added to a single mydlink account
S$159.00 (at time of post)
New to parenting? I am. Being the geek in the family, I looked out for stuffs that (hopefully) makes parenting easier. Baby monitors happened to be one of the stuffs that I think will (supposedly) make me and my wife’s life easier by letting us know when Ariel wakes up from her nap. The D-Link DCS-825L HD WiFi Cloud Baby Camera allows us to monitor and receive alerts on our smart devices without the need to lug along the video receivers of traditional baby monitors.
Some may argue that apartments/ houses in Singapore aren’t that big and one will be able to hear the baby cries easily. Personally, I feel that I can concentrate better on tasks without the need to periodically listen or check if the Ariel is awake. Sometimes I hear imaginary cries. So why not leverage technology to inform us when the baby is awake?
A WiFi Smart Plug to realise your own Smart Home. Aside from controlling your home's electronic devices, it is also an energy monitor.
+ Easy to setup + Works as intended
– Does not work with IFTTT - Power button slightly obstructed when using 3-pin power plugs
S$69.00 (at time of post)
The D-Link DSP-W215 WiFi Smart Plug is a multi-purpose, compact and easy-to-use device that allows you to monitor and control your home’s electronic devices. It is one of the products in D-Link’s Smart Home (Connected Home) concept. In this post, I will be reviewing the D-Link DSP-W215 WiFi Smart Plug and mydlink Home app.
ESP8266 (ESP-01) – Breadboard Adaptor with Power Filter (10uF Capacitor).
Finally did up a ESP8266 Breadboard Adaptor so that I can do quick prototyping with the ESP8266 and breadboard. Added a 10uF tantalum capacitor power supply filter in the process. Just in case you are wondering, the green wire on the ESP8266 links the Reset Pin to GPIO16 to enable deep sleep.
If you are interested in making one, the part list is below. Just make sure you get the components for 2.54mm pitch.
I was having a bad toothache (plus severe headache) from a cracked molar over the long weekend and had to visit the dentist on Monday to fix it. Don’t know whether is it a good thing or not but I ended up with the chance to read “The Singapore Permanent Portfolio” by Alvin Chow while waiting in between dental appointments.
The Singapore Permanent Portfolio by Alvin Chow
The idea or methodology of Permanent Portfolio is not new. What I liked about this book is the ease of reading and its contextualised contents.
The ESP8266 comes in various packages (e.g. ESP-12, ESP-07) but I bought the (pretty) bare package for less than US$2.50. For this price, the ESP8266 (ESP-01) has got 80 MHz CPU, 512KB program storage space, WiFi and 2 GPIOs. This tiny Arduino board is very suitable for Internet-of-Things (IoT) implementations.
The codes and wiring instructions for Arduino Mega 2560 and Shinyei PPD42NS is as follow. However, I did include Serial output so you can view the sampling results using Arduino IDE’s Serial Monitor (9600 bauds).