Zen Waterfalls

We created a zen waterfalls that:

  • Had water flowing over the rocks
  • Had an MP3 music player
  • Had a rotating light show

Part of the fun on this project was that we could play with different rotating light patterns that could be used in either normal lighting or in a dark room.

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For this project we tried it with a Raspberry Pi, littleBits and Arduino.  We found that the Arduino offered the best overall solution.

The parts that we used were:

We placed the rocks into the large container and then we mounted the water pump in one of the back corners. It will take a bit of trial and error to ensure that you keep the water flowing down the rocks and not shooting out everywhere. We put a rock on the very top to secure the plastic tube and to block the water spray so that the water flows “quietly” down the lower rocks.

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The motor shield was stacked on top of the UNO and the protyping shield was used for mounting the IR receiver and serial MP3 player.

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The first important step is to read your IR codes. Each manufacturers TV remote will give different IR codes. Below is some simple code that will show the IR code for each button press. We used this code and then we recorded the button codes that we wanted to use.

/*

IR TEST PROGRAM

PINOUTS:

lEFT = DATA PIN
MIDDLE = gnd
RIGHT = 3.3 volts

*/

#include <IRremote.h>

int RECV_PIN = 11; //11;

IRrecv irrecv(RECV_PIN);

decode_results results;

void setup()
{
Serial.begin(9600);
irrecv.enableIRIn(); // Start the receiver
Serial.println("Setup Complete");
}

void loop()
{
if (irrecv.decode(&results))
{
Serial.println(results.value, HEX);
irrecv.resume(); // Receive the next value
delay(500);

}
}

Once we got our IR button codes we were able to pull everything together. For our project we wanted the following buttons:

  • Pump ON
  • Pump OFF
  • Lights ON
  • Lights OFF
  • Play music
  • Stop music
  • Volume UP
  • Volume DOWN

Below is our final code:

//Arduino PWM Speed Control

// Neopixel setup
#include <Adafruit_NeoPixel.h>
#define PIN 8
Adafruit_NeoPixel strip = Adafruit_NeoPixel(100, PIN, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800);
bool leds_on = false;
int thecolor = 0;
int thepixel = 0;

// IR setup
#include <IRremote.h>
int RECV_PIN = 11; //11;
IRrecv irrecv(RECV_PIN);
decode_results results;

// Pump setup
char thekey;
int E1 = 5; // motor speed pin
int M1 = 4; // motor enable pin

// Music Setup
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>
static int8_t Send_buf[8] = {0} ;
#define CMD_VOLUME_UP 0X04
#define CMD_VOLUME_DOWN 0X05
#define CMD_SEL_DEV 0X09
#define DEV_TF 0X02
#define CMD_PLAY 0X0D
#define CMD_PLAY_NEXT 0X01
#define CMD_PAUSE 0X0E
#define CMD_FOLDER_CYCLE 0X17

#define ARDUINO_RX 5//should connect to TX of the Serial MP3 Player module
#define ARDUINO_TX 6//connect to RX of the module
SoftwareSerial mySerial(ARDUINO_RX, ARDUINO_TX);

//-----------------------------------------------------
void setup()
{
Serial.begin(9600);
irrecv.enableIRIn(); // Start the IR receiver

// Enable the Neopixel strip
strip.begin();
strip.setBrightness(20);

// Setup the pump
pinMode(M1, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite(M1, HIGH);
analogWrite(E1, 0); //Set pump speed to zero (off)

// Setup the music
mySerial.begin(9600);
delay(500);//Wait chip initialization is complete
sendCommand(CMD_SEL_DEV, DEV_TF);//select the TF card
delay(200);//wait for 200ms
sendCommand(CMD_FOLDER_CYCLE, 0X0001);
}
//-----------------------------------------------------
void loop()
{
if (irrecv.decode(&results)) {
switch (results.value) {
case 0xDAEA83EC: //Stop Pump 'Red Button'
Serial.println("Stop Pump");
analogWrite(E1, 0);
break;

case 0x2BAFCEEC: //Start Pump 'Green Button'
Serial.println("Run Pump");
analogWrite(E1, 255);
break;

case 0xB5210DA6: //LEDs ON 'Yellow Button'
Serial.println("Turn LEDs ON");
leds_on = true;
break;

case 0x71A1FE88: //LEDs ON 'Yellow Button'
Serial.println("Turn LEDs OFF");
leds_on = false;
color_off();
break;
case 0x68733A46: //Volume Up
sendCommand(CMD_VOLUME_UP, 0);
Serial.println("Turning Volume Up");
break;

case 0x83B19366: //Volume Down
sendCommand(CMD_VOLUME_DOWN, 0);
Serial.println("Turning Volume Down");
break;

case 0x6A618E02: //Play
//sendCommand(CMD_PLAY_NEXT, 0);
sendCommand(CMD_PLAY,0);
Serial.println("Play Music");
break;

case 0xED45D744: //Play Next
sendCommand(CMD_PLAY_NEXT, 0);
Serial.println("Play Next SongMusic");
break;

case 0xC863D6C8: //Stop
sendCommand(CMD_PAUSE, 0);
Serial.println("Pause Music");
delay(1000); // delay so that you don't jump ahead 2+ songs
break;

default:
Serial.println(results.value, HEX);
}
irrecv.resume(); // Receive the next value
}
// Do colors
if (leds_on) { color_on(); }

}
//----------------------------------------------------
void color_on()
{
thecolor = thecolor + 5;
if (thecolor > 255) { thecolor = 0;}
for (int i=0; i < strip.numPixels(); i++) {
strip.setPixelColor(i, thecolor, 0, 127);
}
thepixel = thepixel +1;
if (thepixel > strip.numPixels()) {thepixel = 0;}
strip.setPixelColor(thepixel, 238, 201, 0);
strip.setPixelColor((thepixel+1), 205, 173, 0);
strip.setPixelColor((thepixel+2), 238, 201, 0);
strip.show();
delay (100);
}
//----------------------------------------------------
void color_off()
{
for (int i=0; i < strip.numPixels(); i++) {
strip.setPixelColor(i, 0, 0,0);
}
strip.show();
}
//-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
void sendCommand(int8_t command, int16_t dat)
{
delay(20);
Send_buf[0] = 0x7e; //starting byte
Send_buf[1] = 0xff; //version
Send_buf[2] = 0x06; //the number of bytes of the command without starting byte and ending byte
Send_buf[3] = command; //
Send_buf[4] = 0x01;//0x00 = no feedback, 0x01 = feedback
Send_buf[5] = (int8_t)(dat >> 8);//datah
Send_buf[6] = (int8_t)(dat); //datal
Send_buf[7] = 0xef; //ending byte
for(uint8_t i=0; i<8; i++)//
{
mySerial.write(Send_buf[i]) ;
}
}

 

 

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