Let’s face it, switching a fan on/off isn’t exactly the greatest chore in the world. But what the heck, we reckoned it’d be fun to create a rig where our old friend Alexa would do the honours with a simple voice command. So that’s what we’ve done.
And believe us, we’re now the proud owners of quite possibly the coolest fan in the world…
Don’t get hot and bothered if you’re suffering from fan envy – just follow these simple steps. And you too can regulate your temperature without ever lifting your butt from the sofa.
We created this little beauty in just 10 minutes using only XinaBox xCHIPS, a bog standard 12V DC fan, some generic screw down terminals, and Amazon Echo Dot, the XinaBox Zero Touch app for iOS and the Arduino.
Why do we have xCHIPS with everything? I hear you ask. Well, it’s simply that we solder like a poorly co-ordinated baboon and xCHIPS means we can leave the soldering iron well alone. Plus we don’t need to bother with serious circuit designs.
ReadY? Let’s go…
Start by downloading the libraries like this:
OK, now let’s turn out attention to the circuit board.
For starters, connect the IP01 and CW01 using an xBUS Connector. And do make sure the xCHIPS’ names are orientated correctly.
Now, using your favourite wire strippers, strip the end of the fan’s wires and power supply so they can be screwed up to the OC03 and terminal in a circular loop.
Programming next. And, being generous souls, we’re going to give you two different methods of achieving the desired result.
Or you could try our…
Whichever you choose, fingers crossed you’ll be in a good place. Which is perfect because we’re now going to tackle the Alexa Setup.
Now connect your OC03 to your CW01…
All good? Great. Now, with mounting excitement, the time has come to start up your Alexa fan.
First make sure your CW01 is connected to the internet – then ask Alexa to discover devices.
Hopefully she’ll find the device FAN (if you haven’t changed the name in the code).
And now you can sit back and control your fan just like this…
There’s just something so neat about controlling stuff with nothing more than your vocal chords. And you’ll impress your friendship group no end too. After all, this futuristic fan is sure to make you the coolest dude in the house.
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