Audio Reactive Holiday LEDs with Raspberry Pi

Happy Holidays everyone!

To celebrate, I updated my Audio Reactive LEDs project for the Raspberry Pi for the holidays. Now you can play music directly on the Raspberry Pi and make the lights dance. Check out the full demo video below:

Audio Reactive Holiday LED Lights Tutorial

Being able to play songs directly from the Pi has been the most common request so I decided to take some time and set that up. If you’re interested in the written tutorial, check it out at https://www.easyprogramming.net/raspberrypi/audio_reactive_holiday_leds.php

Get the code at https://github.com/naztronaut/dancyPi-audio-reactive-led/tree/no_mic

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I decided to buy myself a gaming laptop in November. This is my first gaming laptop, ever. I’ve been a desktop gamer for the last 15 years and I thought I’d treat myself this year. This is also very handy for programming and content creation.

The MSI GE75 Raider laptop was on sale at Costco for about $1300 (shipping and taxes included). Here are some specs:

  • Processor: 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H Processor
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM
  • Drives: 512GB NVMe Solid State Drive + 1TB Hard Disk Drive
  • Graphics: 6GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU
  • Video: 17.3″ FHD 144Hz 3ms Display
  • Keyboard: Steel Series RGB Backlight Keyboard with Anti-Ghost Key + Silver Lining
  • Power: 6-Cell 51Wh Li-Ion Battery with a pretty heavy power cord
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs. (pretty heavy for a laptop)

I’ve used it for gaming (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends so far), programming (mostly Python work), and video editing (part of this video below was edited through After Effects on this laptop).

It works really well and I’m happy with it. Using my Costco VISA card also provides the added benefit of getting 4 years of free warranty with this thing which is amazing.

Check out the video review below for more info on the laptop. Have questions? Ask away!

MSI GE75 Raider Gaming Laptop Review



My September project is a cool one I think. It’s a Flask App hosted on a Raspberry Pi (behind Apache) which controls some WS2812b LED Strips. It’s a good way to test your strips.

It’s still a work in progress and in the demo, I show you what I’ve done so far.

See the written tutorial at https://www.easyprogramming.net/raspberrypi/audio_reactive_led.php

And watch the video embedded below:

Get the code at https://github.com/naztronaut/dancyPi-audio-reactive-led

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In Dec 2018, I created a tutorial showing how to create your own Audio Reactive LED strip with a Raspberry Pi. The original tutorial had a lot of steps (30+) that you needed to take in order to get the software up and running.

A lot of viewers have also asked if there were ways to make the installation simpler. So I took a stab at it and got the installation steps down to just 2! Clone the GitHub repo and run the installer. Of course I’m not counting the hardware set up!

See the written tutorial at https://www.easyprogramming.net/raspberrypi/audio_reactive_led.php

And watch the video embedded below:

Get the code at https://github.com/naztronaut/dancyPi-audio-reactive-led

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The world has been uncertain for a few months. A little over three weeks ago, I was lucky that I started working from home. The government was extremely slow to react to this virus even though they had months of lead time. As a result, the United States has become number one in COVID-19 cases. As of today, we are at over 215,000 cases with 5,000 deaths. Most of these cases are from my home state of New York. I currently live in Massachusetts but I have family and friends all over New York City.

If you haven’t already started, please stay home. It’s the best course of action to flatten the curve. For more information on what “flattening the curve” means, check out this video:

What This Chart Actually Means for COVID-19

For more guidance about what to do, the CDC website has what you need: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Although every place should have a “stay at home” order, some don’t. To see what your state is doing, visit https://www.dri.org/about/coronavirus-resources/state-stay-at-home-shelter-in-place-orders

You do not want to be another statistic or be responsible for passing on the virus to others. The Coronavirus pandemic is serious and should be taken seriously.

Stay safe everyone!

Been a while since my last update but I’ve still been at it with my home automation projects. This project lets me control my Garage Door from my phone!

ESP8266 + Raspberry Pi Garage Door Controller

Find the written tutorial at https://www.easyprogramming.net/raspberrypi/nodemcu_garage_door_control.php

Get the code at https://github.com/naztronaut/NodeMCU-Pi-Garage-Control

And watch the video demo below:

The written tutorial is all there is to the tutorial, I tried something different and did not do a full video tutorial but don’t worry, the written tutorial is still very thorough!

Questions or comments? Feel free to share on EasyProgramming.net, on YouTube, or open a Github issue in the Repo above.

As part of my 12th Raspberry Pi tutorial, I’ve installed some kitchen cabinet lights that I can control from my mobile phone. Here’s a quick demo:

Demo of Raspberry Pi controlled Kitchen Cabinet Lights

What’s on my phone is actually just a simple web app so you can actually control the lights from any browser whether it’s from your phone or computer.

Here are some resources:
Written Tutorial on EasyProgramming: https://www.easyprogramming.net/raspberrypi/remote_control_led_strip.php
Get the code from GitHub: https://github.com/naztronaut/raspberryPi-control-led-strip

And as always, here’s the associated video tutorial:

Control an LED Strip with a Pi

Questions or comments? Feel free to share on EasyProgramming.net, on YouTube, or open a Github issue in the Repo above.

I moved to another city at the end of June. Still in Massachusetts but much closer to work. I’ve mostly settled in but still have many boxes that need to be opened.

The last tutorial I made was posted on June 1st and I showed you How to control an LED from your browser!

I am ready to start making more videos. In fact, I have one planned for this coming Saturday. It’s not a Raspberry Pi video but don’t fret, I will be making more of those soon. It takes much more time to prep and record a Raspberry Pi video so I thought I’d start getting in the groove again with a quick JavaScript video. The video is titled “Intro to JavaScript Modules” so be sure to check out my EasyProgramming.net on Saturday!

In the meantime, enjoy my RPi tutorial from June 1st:

Since the holiday break, I’ve been working on this little Raspberry Pi project. It’s dubbed the Website Uptime Monitor.

I use several uptime monitors including pingdom and Jetpack (used on this site). And I typically use the Free version because I am okay with being offline for a few hours if it comes to it. But then I thought, I can create my own uptime monitor that works just as well as the paid versions and I’ll have full control!

Of course I don’t have the skills or time to do what these paid monitors do but thought I’d try anyway. I also wanted some kind of visual indicator if any of my sites go down. And in comes the Raspberry Pi. I love the Pi. If you know me in person, you know that I have a dozen different Raspberry Pis around the house doing different things, such as control my lights, act as PiHole, PiVPN, etc.

Before I continue, I want to share the project with you. You can find instructions on how to set things up on GitHub pages here: https://uptime.easyprogramming.net/

You can watch the quick demo of the software here:

If you prefer to read about it over watching a demo video, keep reading!

The idea I had was to have three lights, like a traffic light: red, yellow, and green. I’m still working on the rules for when the lights come in, but they’re as follows:
– Only Red – either everything is down or my internet is down
– Only Green – everything is good!
– Yellow – this light can be on in conjunction with the green light. This will come on if 1-3 sites are down. And if Green is on along with yellow, it means at least some sites are loading.

Pretty simple rules but I still think I can do better. That’s why this is still in beta! Current version at the time of writing this post is 0.3.0-b01.

The application will check sites every 15 minutes (this is configurable) and record all activity in a database. If a site is reported down three times in a row, the app will send an email with an outage report. The Email notifications are also stored in the database so you can look up whether or not an email was successfully sent out. Failure to send an email would typically mean that your internet was down.

Since everything is stored in the database, everything is reportable! For this, I created a Flask app with a bunch of API endpoints that can be accessed by any web application. These endpoints will output data from the MySQL table into neat JSON. You can also write to the databases using POST and PUT API calls.

I think I’ve covered a lot of what the application does. It’s still in beta and I’m still working on improving it. If you have ideas or questions, please ask on GitHub or in the video above. Also ask on Easy Programming here: https://www.easyprogramming.net/raspberrypi/website_uptime_monitior.php