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AtmoOrb style device with Pi-Zero?

Discussion in 'Hyperion Hardware' started by Nawtion, 23 October 2017.

  1. Nawtion

    Nawtion New Member

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    Hello!
    I've built two hyperion environments so far (TV setup with WS2801 lights and a raspberry pi B), and I wanted to make a AtmoOrb device next. I was pricing out components, and I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts as to whether or not a pi-zero (or pi-zero W) could be used in lieu of the particle photon? Alternatively, is the configuration for a esp8266 device (http://a.co/6bIHFFN) similar to the particle photon directions?
     
  2. penfold42

    penfold42 Moderator Developer

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  3. Nawtion

    Nawtion New Member

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    Thank you! I went ahead and got the esp8266 and neopixel ring. I don't use mediaportal, so i don't need that portion of the software.
     
  4. penfold42

    penfold42 Moderator Developer

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    Read the espixelstick instructions carefully - there some prerequisite libraries that need recent versions.

    You also might need to use Hyperion.ng - I can’t remember if I added e131 to classic Hyperion
     
  5. Rick164

    Rick164 Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Off the same mind, working on code to work with the Pi Zero W (Python based) and arrives today :)
    It will have more than one function (MIC / Line detector) and has some flexibility due to running a "full" OS, overkill for only lamp but price wise about the same as Photon for instance with the same stable Wi-Fi chip.

    AtmoOrb I like to stick with Photon as with ESP had bad luck but probably some bad samples or firmwares.
     
    Last edited: 26 October 2017
  6. penfold42

    penfold42 Moderator Developer

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    The $2 ESP modules can be tricky at first.
    You need a good power supply - the 3.3v from a FTDI USB serial will always be flaky.
    The correct pull-up resistors are also critical.

    The $10 nodemcu clones and h801 PWM led controllers make most of these issues go away.
     
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  7. Nawtion

    Nawtion New Member

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    I ended up getting this ring (http://a.co/2MAA29b) with the nodemcu/arduino/esp8266 device (http://a.co/4YgfsxM). This will be my first time using arduino-esque hardware and software, so I'll just hope for the best! Thanks for letting me know about the power supply, i'll be sure to get a good one!
     
  8. penfold42

    penfold42 Moderator Developer

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    If you go down the espixelstick route, read the read me carefully.
    You’ll need a recent build of the arduino board - either latest from GitHub or the 2. 2.4 release candidate.
     
  9. TPmodding

    TPmodding Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    i can highly recommend the espixel software! its damn fast! little bit tricky to install but if you read the files everything should be fine
     
  10. Nawtion

    Nawtion New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the help, I seem to have it working now! I initially was using the IP address of the raspberry pi in the app...I didn't realize I needed the address to be of the esp8266 device.
     
    Last edited: 5 November 2017
  11. penfold42

    penfold42 Moderator Developer

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    Excellent !

    Did you go down the espixelstick route ?
     
  12. Nawtion

    Nawtion New Member

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    I ended up using this instead. I tried espixelstick, but I couldn't get it to flash correctly, even after running gulp and using the "sketch data upload" tool. The sketch I used only has 3 effects, so I'll have to see how to go about adding more.