What would you like to create with Nerves?

Just thought of something that might be a good fit for Nerves - food manufacturing!

Some of my friends have been telling me to start selling my homemade liver pate as it’s quite different to what’s out therein the shops - and I’ve been experimenting with make larger batches while also thinking about how I could do it at scale. I have deduced I would need an intelligent system because I don’t think strict quantity/process/time would be enough!

Am I on to something? Could this be a nice niche for Nerves? :lol:


Well it already helps with food growing, so i don’t see why manufacturing would be much harder. :slightly_smiling_face:


FarmBot is awesome Connor :023: and yeah, looks like some of those sensors could definitely help in mass food production as well! Wonder if the FarmBot team have looked into it? It could be quite a lucrative market?

Well considering I am about 1/4th of the FarmBot team, i guess i can speak for us and say we haven’t looked much into it food production, but we do plan on adding more sensors in the coming future however.


Ah nice! I wonder if we need a thread about FarmBot here? I’ve (obviously) heard of it before but that was the first time I actually watched the video :icon_redface:

Just been reminded by @ConnorRigby in his post here about another niche idea for Nerves I had and had been meaning to post…

An intelligent lighting system for music/events!!

I know you can get systems which you manually have to program, but an intelligent system that analysed the music ‘on the fly’ would be pretty awesome.

I actually got this idea from watching the ‘visualiser’ in iTunes, and how pants it is! (It hasn’t changed for years!). Computers are smart enough now to isolate frequencies, recognise beats, and should be able to put on a much better display than the iTunes visualiser.

Anyone else think it would be a cool idea?


This is a really cool idea. I bet scenic could help visualize/control it. I’m putting this on my list for after christmas. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Awwwwwwwesome!!! I can’t wait!!! Please keep us posted! I reckon it could be quite a lucrative market too :lol: ‘Nerves’ is such a fantastic connection too - you could all it Nervonics :003:

I keep meaning to get a Phillips Hue set - but all of the ‘light shows’ I have seen with it seem pretty rubbish tbh :confused:

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I forgot to update this a few days ago, but i created a webcam stream for my with Nerves and Phoenix:

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I was going to ask… what is it? But then saw a little turtle!!! Awww!

Can you make the view bigger? (I had to pinch and zoom in)

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I was thinking of making it larger, but it would be pretty slow. Basically i have a phoenix app hosted by gigalixir’s free tier, and the nerves device is just sending raw bas64 encoded jpegs over phoenix channels, and replacing an <img> tag’s src attribute. I think to make it much bigger, i’d have to build out a real stream somehow.


I would really like to create a air pollution monitor that sends data back to a central server. Probably using a raspberry pi and a PM2.5 sensor.

I work/live in a city with major pollution issues and this might just be the push needed to get my company to get us air filters in the office.


This is a really interesting idea.

For about $35 dollars, you can get this sensor and a PI to drive it. I’d love to see some distributed stats being reported!


I am hoping to start a project that was asked about during my ElixirConf '18 talk. It’s a Phoenix app for projects to send their data to, and provides some basic stats/graphing/etc. End of December I might start streaming my progress on Twitch.


Feel free to ping me when you get to this. We are hoping to make Nerves Hub able to delegate auth for this kind of thing and this would be a great way to field test it.


Sounds great, I’ll be in touch!


From some longer time I have something really big in my mind …

I though about creating my own custom admin & mini-server device with my own 3D printed case and custom branding (only for my own use case i.e. not for selling as a real product - hardware) …

I though about having something which would similarly to 2 in 1 devices. I have looked at devices which allows to change laptop into tablet etc. + some extra things, but I was never sure if it’s technically possible to build something like that (without ordering custom expensive parts).

Imagine that you have 3 parts … each part is exactly same inside, but have different input/output device on top. For example one part could have keyboard, second display and third lots of LCD and LED. Each part should work separately and optionally communicating with other parts using Wi-Fi, but all of them could be also connected at same time and share resources (like internet, power, storage etc.) without putting extra cables for each part (I’m not sure if this one is actually possible).

I though about latest Tegra (now it’s called Xavier if I remember correctly) Developer Kit which would have its own Erlang production node with synced PostgreSQL database, so at end I want to have 3 powerful and synced nodes.

Keyboard does not require any extra description. Part with display could be used for local only scenic-based admin panel (for security reasons). LED board would have most details. Main part would show big full RGB QR code which could store lots of data. There second half could have some statuses and on top (showing for example database or Wi-Fi drivers and/or services status and their activity etc.) + some switches combined with LCD panels around notification part on bottom.

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You probably think that typical personal project would not even use 0.01% of it and you are 100% right. From few years there is a huge project in my mind which would use such a monster fully, but it’s just too more work for me now. A final version would be definitely my biggest work in whole life (also looking in future).

Just to compare how such project is going to be big … CMS, Forum and Shop would be only plug-ins for this project + every of such plug-in would have much, much more features than software I have seen already. I even want to split them into smaller parts, because they would be just too big and otherwise there could be a problem like KDE 4 had with their kdelibs libraries.

I don’t believe that I could finish even minimal version of such project in less than 1 year working full time - no matter if I would have enough money for custom device or not. In final version this project, its dependencies and related code would require to create dozens or maybe even hundreds of new libraries and smaller projects which would be helper tools for this project directly and/or helper tools for using it (for example in case writing plug-ins for it). When I would have enough money I would definitely place some job offers for creating lots some libraries. Or maybe yet another way for describing how it’s going to be big … Think that sub-sub-sub point of specific category in my plan would require more than 10 new libraries and even it have its own sub-points. If it’s still not enough then think that such plan (not final one) describes only work for one plug-in! :077:

All plans are already in my mind. Of course I can’t share them now, but I would definitely place some job offers if I would have much more money. Since it’s big project I think that firstly I would like to buy house before I will do it, so it’s going to take really long before it would be even touched.

Ah, I almost forgot …There are going Christmas, but I will try to finish something before them - it would be my small surprise. :smiley:


In the recent past I had some fun with building a thermal camera and an indoor air quality monitoring device, but in the future I would really love to build some open source scientific equipment, like those listed here: http://physicsopenlab.org/low-cost-diy-scientific-equipment/


I wanted to integrate with a PLC device and be able to both talk to it and also get data from it. That’d be very useful. I think this, plus connecting Nerves to GSM (been done before) is very attractive to get Nerves in manufacturing/other things. We could have push events coming from those little devices to a server somewhere, get insight from it.


After about a year of spare-time hacking, I finally have an update to my library to reply to you. :sweat_smile:
I think this would be a great tool that you could use to set up a bunch of NeoPixel strips or grids, in whatever arrangement you want for a music installation, and use the drawing commands to create whatever kind of visualization you want across all of them as a virtual screen. The strips come in various “densities” from 30 LEDs/meter to 144 LEDs/meter, with the obvious cost implications. :grimacing: You can also get them already arranged in a grid.

It would also make for a pretty amazing computerized Christmas light platform. :heart_eyes_cat: /cc @ConnorRigby

You’d need to get a nice power supply to power the LEDs themselves, but the controller itself would just be a Raspberry Pi Zero running a Nerves firmware, so you could generate the visualizations using whatever means can imagine (Phoenix Channels to feed data from some other device, etc.).