Using an Altoids tin was inspired by the need to have a small yet protective enclosure for a pair of Xbee modules recently bought from Sparkfun. I purchased the Xbee Pro modules with external antenna for the extended range the setup provides (useful for future projects). Then I realised I would need to mount the antenna socket and have a box to house the circuits.
A L T O I D S !
There will be a 'remote' Altoids tin containing Arduino, LCD and Xbee module.
A second Altoids tin containing an Xbee module only. This connects to the PC with a USB to FTDI serial cable.
Data is sent from the PC using a terminal program such as the Arduino 'Serial Monitor' and appears on the Altoids display.
So here are some possible ideas for use with this setup:
(Data flow PC to Wireless Display)
- Email Notifier
- RSS Feeds
- Facebook/Twitter Updates
- Realtime Clock
(Data flow Wireless Display to PC)
- Weather Station
- Engine Monitoring
- Heart Rate Monitor
- Other realtime data logging
Let's get started!