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Internet of (sex) things – part 4: Building a sex toy dashboard with Node-RED

In the fourth part of the tutorial we explain the development of a dashboard for our sex toy.

The series has 4 parts:

part 1: Exploring the internet of (sex) things

part 2: MQTT messages

part 3: Node-RED

part 4: Building a sex toy dashboard with Node-RED

The dashboard is used to visualize certain data eg. the speed of the vibration motor and the movements of the vibrator. In addition it can have some control elements eg. for changing the vibration pattern.

ui-all

The window above is called a tab. You can have multiple tabs. The Motor, Data, Status and Controls – windows are called groups. The Controls – group has buttons to set the motor mode. In addition there is a slider which will set the motor to a constant speed. And there is an on/off button for the LED.

You have to install the Node-RED dashboard. Therefore you need at least version 0.14 of Node-RED. At the time this text was written the standard Node-RED installation is version 0.13 which is not sufficient for the dashboard.

Therefore check your Node-RED version. If it is equal or better than 0.14, skip this step:

  • Download & unzip the latest version from github (eg. https://github.com/node-red/node-red/releases/tag/0.15.2).
  • Now change to newly created directory eg “node-red-0.15.2”
  • On Windows: Start a command shell in adminstration mode
  • Execute “npm install” to install Node-RED.

If your Node-RED version is 0.14 or better install the dashboard:

Some  remarks:

Let’s start and have a look at the new Node-RED interface: On the left side you will find the dashboard or user interface nodes. And on the right side there is new dashboard – tab. It contains all dashboard nodes which are used in the flow ordered hierarchical.

node-red-ui

But where is the dashboard? Just open your browser and go to one of the URLs:

http://localhost:1880/ui/#/0 or
http://127.0.0.1:1880/ui/#/0

How can I get all the flows? You can download all flows here: bi-ui-node-red. Unzip the file and you will get a text file. Open the text file in an editor. Select the text and copy it to the clipboard.

Now we will explain two flows in detail.

Now go the Node-RED window, open the menu (it is on the left top side), select Import -> Clipboard.import1

A new window will open where you can insert the text (CTRL+V). Then press the Import-button.

import2

nodemcu prototype breadboardThe Arduino sketch was updated for the dashboard. Please download the Arduino sketch from here: iost-part4-v12. Unzip the file. Compile and upload to your hardware (see part 1 of the tutorial).

 

In the first flow we will receive some vibration motor sex toy data which are sent by the MQTT protocol. We will display the data using a gauge and a graph element.

Let’ start with the MQTT input node. There is nothing new. Just connect to the MQTT server and subscribe the topic “BIoutTopic2” – which the sex toy uses to send out data.mqtt-in

Now add the function node “JSON” which will parse the incoming message and places the result in “payload”.

But we want to know the motor speed only. Therefore we need a function node which passes the vibration motor speed as payload and deletes all other data. Please use the following JavaScript code:

get-motor-speed-function-node

To display the speed we need to more nodes. The gauge node gauge-node displays the actual speed. Connect the gauge node with the function node. You can add the range – the minimum and maximum value (0 and 1023).motor-gauge

 

Now add a chart node chart-nodeand connect it with the function node, too.

 

Next we want the chart node and the gauge node to be together as shown in the next image.

motor

We have to make a group and put both nodes into the group. Have a look on the dashboard at the right side. Make a new group and move the gauge and chart node below the group called “Motor”.

dashboard-top

slider-nodeNow we explain the second flow. It is used to send commands to the sex toy. We will use a slider to control the speed. But there is one problem: the slider should display the actual speed of the vibration motor. Therefore we manipulate the slider. To display the actual motor speed we have to move the slider appropriate to the actual speed. The slider will be part of the control group:

controls

Now get the slider node and edit the node as follows:

slider-motor-speed

Then connect the node with the “get motor speed” function which was introduced in the first flow.

construct-json-motor-speed-function-nodeFinally comes the trick part. Get a new function node and connect it with the slider. This node will construct the JSON message which will be sent to the sex toy using MQTT. The JavaScript code of the function node is as follows:

function-node-for-constructing-json-speed-command

msg.payload={messageType:"execute", actuator:"motor1",
             actuatorMode:"constant", actuatorValue:msg.payload}
msg.topic = "BIinTopic";
return msg;

Now connect the function node with a new MQTT output node. Leave the topic empty as it will be passed from the input nodes:

mqtt-out-message-to-bi

Using Node-RED with the Node-RED dashboard we are able to make a user interface for our sex toy(s). We could easily display the motion of the sex toy as well as the vibration motor speed. You could argue that we had a (very simple) user interface already in part 1 of the tutorial, without having to use MQTT, Node-RED and the Node-RED dashboard. That’s true. But imagine you have several sex toys and want to control them. You could easily add a tab in Node-RED for each sex toy. Or you could build more sophisticated flows incorporating several sex toy. Why not interconnecting the vibrating necklace with a penis ring and one of the plugs or dildos?

There are a lot of flows and nodes already available at http://flows.nodered.org/. (Of course not in the sex toy domain)

Why not play music for a given sex toy vibrator mode? Or control the sex toy using another IOT device…

Exploring the internet of (sex) things 1

The internet of things – or short IOT – is getting popular. IOT is a network of physical things like vehicles, buildings, but also everyday objects like lamps, refrigerators. IOT allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across the Internet. As a result the physical world will be integrated into the internet and computer systems.

Popular examples are home axiomatization or collection of environmental data.  Even sex toy industry use the internet to connect sex toy users which are far away of each other (like the OhMiBod blueMotion). The vision of remote sex driven by technology is also known as Teledildonics. Unfortunately I didn’t pay much attention to this movement which goes back to 1975. body interaction focused more on wireless connected sex toys for users having sex together and want to integrate his and her’s sex toy. You will find a lot of information at Kyle Machulis site Metafetish. Also have a look at the annual conference Arse Elektronika which focus on the intersection of technology and sex.

In this blog I have already shown how to connect the body interaction development board to the internet. Now I will present some first steps into IOT. I will use the NodeMCU development board which is based on the popular ESP8266 System on a chip. The ESP is a wi-fi enabled microcontroller where you can connect sensors and actuators. It can connect to your wi-fi access point and home and it can be an access point itself and host eg. an internet server.

In my explorations I will try to find out if a IOT sex toy is useful for DIY sex toy community.

In this blog post we will use the ESP8266 as a wi-fi server. The server will connect to your wi-fi access point at home.

The series has 4 parts:

part 1: Exploring the internet of (sex) things

part 2: MQTT messages

part 3: Node-RED

part 4: Building a sex toy dashboard with Node-RED

Building a bread board prototype

nodemcu prototype breadboard

Material needed

  • bread board, wires
  • Node MCU or similar
  • small vibration motor (or LED), eg the Lilipad vibration motor
  • optional: accelerometer  MPU9265
  • optional: another LED and a resistor

WIre MPU9265

mpu-92-65Connect

  • SCL (on MPU9265) and D1 (on NodeMCU),
  • SDA and D2,
  • VCC and 3V3
  • GND and GND

Wire vibration motor

Connect

  • D7 (node MCU) with vibration motor (+) and
  • GND (NodeMCU) and (-)

Wire LED

Connect:

  • D3 (NodeMCU) and LED (long end)
  • LED (short end) and resistor
  • resistor and GND (NodeMCU)

Using the Arduino IDE

NodeMCU and all other ESP8266 boards are not supported by Arduino. But you can use the Arduino board manager to add other development boards. This short Tutorial explains the necessary steps: http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick-Start-to-Nodemcu-ESP8266-on-Arduino-IDE/

Connect the NodeMCU to your access point (WLAN router)

Upload script to NodeMCU

Copy the code below to the Arduino IDE or download and unzip this Arduino “.ino” file.

Within the sketch you have to change the constants SSID and password. Use the same SSID as you would do to connect your smart phone or computer to the internet.

Select your NodeMCU and the port. Connect your computer and the NodeMCU with USB wire. Upload the script to NodeMCU

#include <ESP8266WiFi.h>
#include <Wire.h>

#define MPU9250_ADDRESS 0x68
#define MAG_ADDRESS 0x0C

#define GYRO_FULL_SCALE_250_DPS 0x00
#define GYRO_FULL_SCALE_500_DPS 0x08
#define GYRO_FULL_SCALE_1000_DPS 0x10
#define GYRO_FULL_SCALE_2000_DPS 0x18

#define ACC_FULL_SCALE_2_G 0x00
#define ACC_FULL_SCALE_4_G 0x08
#define ACC_FULL_SCALE_8_G 0x10
#define ACC_FULL_SCALE_16_G 0x18

const char* ssid = "????"; // Enter the name of your Access point
const char* password = "????"; //Enter the password SSID
int ledPin = 0; // NodeMCU pad D3 = GPI0
int motorPin= 13; // NodeMCU pad D7 = GPIO 13
double sinusValue=0;

// define constants for four different vibration modes
const int off_mode=0;
const int max_mode =1;
const int sinus_mode =2;
const int motion_mode =3;

int motor_mode =off_mode;

WiFiServer server(80);

 // This function read Nbytes bytes from I2C device at address Address.
// Put read bytes starting at register Register in the Data array.
void I2Cread(uint8_t Address, uint8_t Register, uint8_t Nbytes, uint8_t* Data)
{
 // Set register address
 Wire.beginTransmission(Address);
 Wire.write(Register);
 Wire.endTransmission();

 // Read Nbytes
 Wire.requestFrom(Address, Nbytes);
 uint8_t index=0;
 while (Wire.available())
 Data[index++]=Wire.read();
}

// Write a byte (Data) in device (Address) at register (Register)
void I2CwriteByte(uint8_t Address, uint8_t Register, uint8_t Data)
{
 // Set register address
 Wire.beginTransmission(Address);
 Wire.write(Register);
 Wire.write(Data);
 Wire.endTransmission();
}

void setup() {

 Wire.begin();
 // NodeMCU D1 = GPIO5 connected to MCU9265 SCL
 // NodeMCU D2 = GPIO4 connected to MCU9265 SDA
 Wire.pins(5,4);
 Serial.begin(115200);

 // Configure gyroscope range
 I2CwriteByte(MPU9250_ADDRESS,27,GYRO_FULL_SCALE_2000_DPS);
 // Configure accelerometers range
 I2CwriteByte(MPU9250_ADDRESS,28,ACC_FULL_SCALE_16_G);
 // Set by pass mode for the magnetometers
 I2CwriteByte(MPU9250_ADDRESS,0x37,0x02);

 // Request first magnetometer single measurement
 I2CwriteByte(MAG_ADDRESS,0x0A,0x01);

 Serial.begin(115200);
 delay(10);

 pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
 digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);

 pinMode(motorPin, OUTPUT);
 analogWrite(motorPin, 0);

 // Connect to WiFi network
 Serial.println();
 Serial.println();
 Serial.print("Connecting to ");
 Serial.println(ssid);

 WiFi.begin(ssid, password);

 while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {
 delay(500);
 Serial.print(".");
 }
 Serial.println("");
 Serial.println("WiFi connected");

 // Start the server
 server.begin();
 Serial.println("Server started");

 // Print the IP address
 Serial.print("Use this URL to connect: ");
 Serial.print("http://");
 Serial.print(WiFi.localIP());
 Serial.println("/");

}

int16_t ax,ay,az,ax1,ay1,az1,gx,gy,gz,gx1,gy1,gz1;
int valueMotor; //vibrator motor speed 0-1023

void loop() {

 // Read accelerometer and gyroscope
 uint8_t Buf[14];
 I2Cread(MPU9250_ADDRESS,0x3B,14,Buf);

 // Create 16 bits values from 8 bits data

 // Accelerometer
 ax=-(Buf[0]<<8 | Buf[1]);
 ay=-(Buf[2]<<8 | Buf[3]);
 az=Buf[4]<<8 | Buf[5];

 // Gyroscope
 gx=-(Buf[8]<<8 | Buf[9]);
 gy=-(Buf[10]<<8 | Buf[11]);
 gz=Buf[12]<<8 | Buf[13];  // when in "motion_mode" the vibration motor 
//is controlled by motion  
if (motor_mode==motion_mode) {  
  int v = 0;  
  //calculate motion vector 
  v=sqrt(pow(ax-ax1,2)+pow(ay-ay1,2)+pow(az-az1,2)); 
 
  // adjust vibration motor speed  
  // if motion vector > 5000 raise speed by 25
  // otherwise lower speed by 10
  // adjust these constants to your needs
  if (v > 5000) {valueMotor=valueMotor+25;} else {valueMotor=valueMotor-10;}
  
  //values must be above 500 otherwise the motor is off 
  if (valueMotor<500) {valueMotor=500;} 
  // values higher than 1023 are not supported
  if (valueMotor>1023) {valueMotor=1023;} 
  analogWrite(motorPin, valueMotor); // set motor speed

  Serial.print("v: ");
  Serial.print(v);
  Serial.print(", valueMotor: ");
  Serial.println(valueMotor);
  delay(200);

  // save values
  ax1=ax;
  ay1=ay;
  az1=az;
  gx1=gx;
  gy1=gy;
  gz1=gz;
 }

 // change vibration motor speed according to a sinus curve
 if (motor_mode==sinus_mode) {
 sinusValue=sinusValue+.01;
 delay(20);
 int sin_tmp = ((sin(sinusValue)+1)*.5*(1023-500))+500;
 Serial.println(sin_tmp);
 analogWrite(motorPin, sin_tmp);
 valueMotor=sin_tmp;
 }

 // Check if a client has connected
 WiFiClient client = server.available();
 if (!client) {
 return;
 }

 // Wait until the client sends some data
 Serial.println("new client");
 while(!client.available()){
 delay(1);
 }

 // Read the first line of the request
 String request = client.readStringUntil('\r');
 Serial.println(request);
 client.flush();

 // Match the request

 int valueLED = LOW;
 if (request.indexOf("/LED=ON") != -1) {
 digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
 valueLED = HIGH;
 }
 if (request.indexOf("/LED=OFF") != -1) {
 digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);
 valueLED = LOW;
 }

 if (request.indexOf("/MOTOR=MAX") != -1) {
 analogWrite(motorPin, 1023);
 valueMotor = 1023;
 motor_mode=max_mode;
 }
 if (request.indexOf("/MOTOR=OFF") != -1) {
 analogWrite(motorPin, 0);
 valueMotor = 0;
 motor_mode=off_mode;
 }

 if (request.indexOf("/MOTOR=SINUS") != -1) {
 motor_mode=sinus_mode;
 }

 if (request.indexOf("/MOTOR=MOTION") != -1) {
 motor_mode=motion_mode;
 valueMotor=600;
 }

 // Return the response
 client.println("HTTP/1.1 200 OK");
 client.println("Content-Type: text/html");
 client.println(""); // do not forget this one
 client.println("<!DOCTYPE HTML>");
 client.println("<html>");

 client.print("Led pin is now: ");

 if(valueLED == HIGH) {
 client.print("On");
 } else {
 client.print("Off");
 }

 client.print("Motor pin is now: ");
 client.print(valueMotor);

 client.println("");
 client.println("<a href=\"/LED=ON\"\"><button>Turn On </button></a>");
 client.println("<a href=\"/LED=OFF\"\"><button>Turn Off </button></a>");
 client.println("<a href=\"/MOTOR=MAX\"\"><button>Motor Max </button></a>");
 client.println("<a href=\"/MOTOR=OFF\"\"><button>Motor Off </button></a>");
 client.println("<a href=\"/MOTOR=SINUS\"\"><button>Motor sinus curve </button></a>");
 client.println("<a href=\"/MOTOR=MOTION\"\"><button>Motor motion controlled </button></a>");
 client.println("</html>");

 delay(1);
 Serial.println("Client disonnected");
 Serial.println("");

}

Controlling the vibrator prototype

After uploading the script above, open the serial monitor. After some time the NodeMCU will report “wifi connected”.

IOT wifi connectdNow start a browser. Use the URL which the NodeMCU reported eg. http://192.168.1.12/

If your smart phone is connected to the same Access point as your computer is, you can use your smart phone to control the prototype, too.

You can turn the LED on or off by pressing the “Turn On” and “Turn Off” buttons.

For controlling the motor you have 4 options

  • motor on
  • motor off
  • sinus curve (the motor will speed up and slow down according to a sinus curve)
  • motion controlled (more motion -> motor speeds up)

Summary

To build a vibrator prototype based on the ESP8266 MCU is very easy. You can use your Arduino IDE to upload scripts to the prototype. Then you can control the vibration motor through a browser. If you don’t want to use these external control options the vibrator prototype can be controlled by motion similar to the body interaction vibrator development board.

In this blog post series we will  explore other interesting features of the ESP8266:

  • the ESP8266 as an access point (no need for private or public access points)
  • over the air (OTA) uploading of sketches  (wireless – no USB connector needed)
  • MQTT protocol & server
  • Node-RED (visual IOT programming)
  • review of development boards for building IOT vibrators

Go to the second part of the tutorial.

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