I’ve written a bit over the last week about Phant, SparkFun’s data storage service.

I just wanted to write a quick update on how it’s going.


This is a screenshot of the ever reliable service taking data from my temperature and light sensor. Currently, the light sensor is between 444 and 447. That means the main lights are on (that’s how it’s set up at the moment).

The temperature is supposed to be between 144 and 146. The 173 is a little odd. The Arduino does that from time to time, but I don’t know why.

Random1 is the version of the code running.

Random2 is currently reporting 1. That means the lights are on (according to simple code on the transmitter)

if (LightReading < 650)
	LightStatus = 1;
	LightStatus = 0;

Not very exciting or clever, but it’s creating useful enough test data.

So far Phant has proved very, very reliable. Data is being submitted once every 11.5 seconds. There was a slight problem a day or so ago, but I think it’s with the Ethernet shield, because the problem was fixed as soon as I reset it.

Next, I need to write a program (likely a web app) that takes the data from Phant and processes it into useful information.

EDIT: SparkFun is having a sale until the end of the month, with 15% off sensors that could be used for with its Phant service! Cool.