A “smart” Christmas Tree

Recently we watched a “Techmoan” video on YouTube showing a smart / configurable Christmas Tree from Twinkly. We got our own! The tree connects via bluetooth and then wifi with an app (for iPad/iPhone or Android) and then there’s a LOOOONG time “mapping” the tree which involves pointing the device camera at the tree from many angles while the app flashes and identifies every individual LED. Worse, we had to do it multiple times because the app is rather “buggy”!

Eventually though we succeeded and were then able to move on to the useful part of the app, which is running supplied LED lighting sequences on the tree – or even creating our own. More app bugs here meant more than one attempt to set up a “playlist” of separate lighting patterns but once again we eventually achieved something close to desired (and then left well alone since then!)

Right now our new “smart” tree is set up to auto turn on around sunset and run till 10pm, going through a playlist of 30 second sequences “waves”, “snow”, “USA wind”, “Christmas Sparkles” (which I created on the app), “Chroma Falls”, and “bright twinkle” … here’s a video of a few seconds of each sequence:

It’s amazing what technology can do these days!

Space X launch video

A different experiment today, trying to record video of the Space X launch. It’s 60 miles from Winter Garden to the launch site, so even a little bit zoomed in you’re looking at a tiny bright dot in the video!

Watch just above the palm fronds bottom middle, you should spot the tiny bright dot after a few seconds – it will slowly travel up left, with a smoke trail appearing at one point …