I’ve only been around DMS for a couple months, and my attendance is sporadic, as I reside in Fort Worth. However, I did get the opportunity to take Brady’s Arduino Sensors class, led by Nick. I have since done a beginner project (wifi-enabled power outlet) based off an Instructable and Brady’s curriculum for Blynk (I have a standing conflict on Thu nights during football season, when Brady seems to teach most of his classes, so I just took the material and worked it out myself).
I have another project in mind, and I have contacted Brady. However, I wanted to get any/all brains I can. WARNING: I an a total novice when it comes to circuits, electronics, etc. I am currently auditing an intro to electronics course on Coursera to help expand my very basic understanding.
I want to use ESP8266 and the Blynk app to be able to use an app button to control a servo to lock/unlock my gate. I have an elementary idea sketched up using a servo, clevis, pushrod, and steel dowel to push through the lock hole in gate latch. However, the ESP8266 needs pretty constant 3.3v supply to always be “listening” for a lock/unlock request. I have found a similar project that uses a solar panel and Li-Ion batteries, although the comments seem to indicate others have not had success… Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance. I am really enjoying DMS, and I hope to make more use of it in the future.