Open Reefs Controllers - Control and monitor your reef aquarium and provide peace of mind wherever you are.
Work, work and more work!
posted by brandon
on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 23:34
It has been too long since I gave everyone an update. So, here it is.
This project is still alive and moving forward in many ways. I recently got my hands on a MakerBot Replicator and have been learning how to print awesome cases! I started with some Raspberry Pi cases from Thingaverse. I am also digging into Google SketchUp. My goal with all of this work is be able to produce some very slick cases for the LCD's and the hubs. Nothing makes me feel better about my DIY projects than when I have a professional looking finish. I know what you are thinking... "I don't have a 3D plastic printer, how am I going to get one of these awesome cases?" - Well the answer is quite simple, I am going to produce a variety of cases and put them all on Ponoko. For those of you who do not know, Ponoko is a wonderful place that a person can upload their designs and allow other people to buy them prefabricated in a variety of materials and colors. This would give you so many more options that you would ever get anywhere else. Needless to say, I am very excited about this portion of the project.
Okay, now on to the code and the components. In the very immediate future you will see code released for the relay box that will turn an Arduino and the relay box into a complete controller unit for your aquarium. The next thing you will see is the completed PH and temperature control unit. All the build work is done and it is functional, I just want to polish the code and put it all together in a tutorial. You might ask what the delay iSo, stay tuned for all this and more.
Here is a quick pic of the boxes I have started to play with...