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#1 Wyndham

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 04:16 PM

I just got my first smart phone. My old flip phone was on it's last few working buttons so I jumped into the smart phone world, kinda nice, really.

So I started to think about if they're any apps to communicate with a kiln controller or, in the case of a gas kiln, maybe a wireless thermocouple with bluetooth so we could get a current update to temp with out singing one's eyebrows, looking at cones.

I've seen some micro computers(matchbox size)that have some of these features, just wondering if anyone's been working on something like that

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 05:05 PM

I think Skutt has one for their kilns, but it might be proprietary and only work on their toasters. Another option is a wireless camera that monitors your control panel connected to your home PC; that might be something you could access via smart phone.

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 05:07 PM

I've often wondered that, and did think I saw something, when browsing kilns before.  Sure enough:

 

http://skutt.com/cer...ories/kilnlink/


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Posted 21 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

You can also get a kit from L&L for remote control.

http://www.hotkilns....trol-datalogger

#5 Wyndham

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

Thanks, some new stuff out there, interesting & $$$

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:50 AM

I have always wanted to look into making my own temperature controller from say an Arduino or Raspberry Pi or similar. I don't know how this would work but I have now been inspired.

 

An app could be a great idea to go a long with it. Although I hate "smart" phones.

 

Just another thing to add onto my to-do list.

 

After some initial research, it is much more complicated than I thought  -_- Who knew non linear voltage and reference junction compensation would sound so horrible. 



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:30 AM

I think Omega corp has a value table on thermocouples that might be a way to program the Arduino. There is a large open source library of  programs that others have made that can be dl'ed and added into a program. I was hoping someone like Orton had already done that.

I think a thermocouple conversion program & a wifi program w/wifi shield for the Arduino and an app for the Iphone wifi(already available) would do a lot of the bare bones work, but that's just a guess.

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