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IoT Energy Meter

This cloud-connected energy meter works in conjunction with the regular household power meter to provide detailed information about the electricity usage at home.

Modern power meters have a LED blinking every time a watt-hour is used, the IEM detects these flashes using a interrupt, counts them, then the data is stored to the cloud. Usually power companies provide very rough electricity usage data, the IEM provides data with a minute resolution. Knowing the household electricity usage allows to extrapolate statistics and can give precise numbers about the costs.

IoT Energy Meter

IoT Energy Meter

Making a simple ESP8266-based clock synchronized to NIST server

Internet has made it quite easy for computers to synchronize their clocks to an accurate clock value generated by a remote server. In the United States, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides official time. NIST disseminates the time using several methods, which include broadcasting over short-wave and long-wave radio, telephone dial-in services (ACTS), and Network Time Service (NTS) over the internet. This article describes a ESP8266-based clock project that utilizes NIST’s NTS service to retrieve accurate time information and display it on a 4-digit seven segment LED display. The time is synchronized to the NIST server after every 2-minute interval. The display also contains a colon that blinks every second.


ESP8266 seven segment LED clock

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