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Build Status Light

In the category of things no one asked for: an ESP8266-based RGB Light with 20x4 char LCD

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A few years back, I proposed to my boss that I build a light that could show different colors to indicate the status of the latest builds from our CI/CD servers. I'm finally getting to it. It's just a string of APA102c's and a back-lit 20x4 char LCD controlled by an ESP8266. The ESP is set up in client mode and has a simple RESTful web interface. Also included is a terminal interface over the serial-over-usb connection, provided by the WeMos D1, for config and troubleshooting. Finally, the plan is to wrap it all up in a nice custom wooden housing. Fingers Crossed!

So far, I have the code done and the first revision of the board done. I have not sent the gerbers off yet, but plan to send them either to JLCPCB or OSH Park.

For how, here's a link to the GITHUB repos if you're interested.

PCB:

https://github.com/Hexum064/KiCad-repo/tree/master/ESP-BuildStatus-Light

Code:

https://github.com/Hexum064/VSCode-Arduino-ESP/tree/master/ESP-BuildStatus-Light

UPDATE: Added Fusion 360 repo for container model

Model:

https://github.com/Hexum064/Fusion-360-Repo/tree/master/StatusBuild-Light

  • IT VERKS!

    hexum06404/01/2020 at 23:37 0 comments

    Finally. Fixed the design. Got the new boards in. Soldered it up. Uploaded the code. AND IT WORKS!

    Just gotta build the wooden stand for it.

  • Why would you double-check your work?

    hexum06403/23/2020 at 00:45 0 comments

    Well, I goofed.

    I drew up my circuit wrong. Which meant the board was wrong. Then to top it off, I think I reflowed it at too high of temp and cooked some of the APA102Cs that are going on this thing. Live and learn.

    I was able to "fix" both of the problems with the board layout enough to test everything and make sure it worked, enough. But now I have a new order for boards on its way. At least the layout didn't change so I can use the same stencil.

  • Coronavirus infects supply lines

    hexum06402/20/2020 at 14:06 0 comments

    I'm pretty sure I can blame the coronavirus on at least some of the delay I am experiencing in receiving parts. Ali Express, why have you forsaken me?!

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