I NEED YOUR HELP Auto Vivarium/Terrarium w/ incoming weather data & touchscreen

I WANT THIS TO BE OPEN SOURCE AND ADAPTABLE SO ANYONE CAN USE THIS. Lets make this great cause i know how many people talk about it!!

Now i know there are a lot of people out there who say “oh heres a link to someone who already did this.” The differences with this build is that i am trying to make this as well rounded and easy to understand as possible as well as being able to adapt to YOUR setup and needs. I want am planning on making a wonderful instructible from this so anyone can do this. I think this is the closes and best example of what I’m thinking but this is crazy to change to my needs or even to a terrariums needs. I am a sculptor and trying to become a professor so i deeply believe in working together and collaberation. i am putting a lot of time and and craft into making my vivarium/terrarium (as most people do) I have an amazing Taiwanese beauty snake that will live in this along with a lot of wonderful plants (don’t worry i know snakes like to crush plants i.e. plant placement) I am trying to have the live weather of (Taipei, Taiwan) effect the temp., humidity (I don’t want it to go below 15% though) light cycle (sun rise and set), moon cycle (brightness of moon LEDs), cloudy or part cloudy (1 light instead of 3)

I have always wanted to do this, as i know a lot of people do. So i am making this in hopes it will turn into a nice tutorial with pictures and easy to understand customization. so this might be a longer post but stick with me cause i really need YOUR HELP!

Here is what i have in mind:

Touchscreen interface

Homescreen

-Current weather conditions
–Current temp. & humidity of (Taipei, Taiwan)(could anywhere)
–2 different temp and humidity readings from 2 DHT22 sensors
–2 different soil moister readings
–Current Weather (sunny day, part cloudy, sun set, moon light, foggy, raining, ex.)
-Date and time

Button to toggles page (all of these are on an 8 channel relay)
–lights
–fan
–fogger
–heat cord

Settings Button
Button to Feeding schedule page(this feeding is specific to snakes, but can be changed)
-Size of food (pinky, small, medium, large)
-Quantity of food (#'s)
-Scheduling
–I don’t know the best way to lay this out

Button to Lighting schedule (some people may want to just schedule their own lighting)
-I don’t know the best way lay this out, kinda depends on your #/ type of lights

Button to temp and humidity
-i am having 2 DHT22 sensors
–lower and upper readings

Button to Time & date settings

Warnings (these will take over part of the homepage but not all)
-low temp
-high temp
-temp error
-high humidity (i don’t really care about low hum. but could include for others)
-humidity error
-soil oversaturated for more then 6 hours (never a good thing)
-Feeding time!! (I’m hoping to have a cute little mouse gif)
-anything else you can think of

I have a lot of experience with most Adobe programs and and I like to think I have an eye for design. I can make nice graphics and gifs. I just need to know the size and file type. ( I’ve never made things like this but really want to try)

Hardware

-2 Dht22 sensors (temp. And humidity)
-2 soil moisture sensors (still looking for ones that won’t corrode)
-1 TMP36 temp sensor (make sure light bulbs don’t over heat)

-8 ch relay board (3 lights, 2 fans, heat coil, fogger, heat light)
-RGB led strip
-Wifi shield (looking for a cheap/easy one)
-LCD touchscreen (have an iPad 3 screen and digitizer but don’t know if or how to hook up, any thoughts on a good/reasonable cost touch lcd?)

I’ll be adding to this post more each day (details, pictures and so forth) but feel free to get the convo started! Please post anything you think will help. Any bits of code will help. Please explain well.

I am a sculpture

with feet of clay?

but feel free to get the convo started!!

You have plans to make a project using a touchscreen that you have not defined, with a menu that is specific to your needs, and you are stuck on the most trivial part of the project - cute graphics. Hmmm. I don't see this ending well.

I am not stuck on graphic, I'm defining the interface, a key part of this and the only part I know how to define as of now. As far as a screen I don't know what to get cause I don't know the difference or what is best to get. I can do the wiring and all that but programming is where I have no idea, and if I have no idea about programming I can't wire yet. If you know a nice cheap touch screen let me know. I'm making this for myself but I'm trying to have this project turn into a tutorial and easy for anyone to do the same and change it to their needs. I'm looking for people willing to help make this a great resource project, and so far you are being very helpful.

I WANT THIS TO BE OPEN SOURCE AND ADAPTABLE SO ANYONE CAN USE THIS. Lets make this great cause i know how many people talk about it!!

Now i know there are a lot of people out there who say "oh heres a link to someone who already did this." The differences with this build is that i am trying to make this as well rounded and easy to understand as possible as well as being able to adapt to YOUR setup and needs. I want am planning on making a wonderful instructible from this so anyone can do this. I think this is the closes and best example of what I'm thinking but this is crazy to change to my needs or even to a terrariums needs. I am a sculptor and trying to become a professor so i deeply believe in working together and collaberation. i am putting a lot of time and and craft into making my vivarium/terrarium (as most people do) I have an amazing Taiwanese beauty snake that will live in this along with a lot of wonderful plants (don't worry i know snakes like to crush plants i.e. plant placement) I am trying to have the live weather of (Taipei, Taiwan) effect the temp., humidity (I don't want it to go below 15% though) light cycle (sun rise and set), moon cycle (brightness of moon LEDs), cloudy or part cloudy (1 light instead of 3)

I have always wanted to do this, as i know a lot of people do. So i am making this in hopes it will turn into a nice tutorial with pictures and easy to understand customization. so this might be a longer post but stick with me cause i really need YOUR HELP!

Here is what i have in mind:

Touchscreen interface

Homescreen

-Current weather conditions
--Current temp. & humidity of (Taipei, Taiwan)(could anywhere)
--2 different temp and humidity readings from 2 DHT22 sensors
--2 different soil moister readings
--Current Weather (sunny day, part cloudy, sun set, moon light, foggy, raining, ex.)
-Date and time

Button to toggles page (all of these are on an 8 channel relay)
--lights
--fan
--fogger
--heat cord

Settings Button
Button to Feeding schedule page(this feeding is specific to snakes, but can be changed)
-Size of food (pinky, small, medium, large)
-Quantity of food (#'s)
-Scheduling
--I don't know the best way to lay this out

Button to Lighting schedule (some people may want to just schedule their own lighting)
-I don't know the best way lay this out, kinda depends on your #/ type of lights

Button to temp and humidity
-i am having 2 DHT22 sensors
--lower and upper readings

Button to Time & date settings

Warnings (these will take over part of the homepage but not all)
-low temp
-high temp
-temp error
-high humidity (i don't really care about low hum. but could include for others)
-humidity error
-soil oversaturated for more then 6 hours (never a good thing)
-Feeding time!! (I'm hoping to have a cute little mouse gif)
-anything else you can think of

I have a lot of experience with most Adobe programs and and I like to think I have an eye for design. I can make nice graphics and gifs. I just need to know the size and file type. ( I've never made things like this but really want to try)

Hardware

-2 Dht22 sensors (temp. And humidity)
-2 soil moisture sensors (still looking for ones that won't corrode)
-1 TMP36 temp sensor (make sure light bulbs don't over heat)

-8 ch relay board (3 lights, 2 fans, heat coil, fogger, heat light)
-RGB led strip
-Wifi shield (looking for a cheap/easy one)
-LCD touchscreen (have an iPad 3 screen and digitizer but don't know if or how to hook up, any thoughts on a good/reasonable cost touch lcd?)

I'll be adding to this post more each day (details, pictures and so forth) but feel free to get the convo started! Please post anything you think will help. Any bits of code will help. Please explain well.

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I am a sculptor and trying to become a professor so i deeply believe in working together and collaberation. i am putting a lot

When you get ready to try to make yourself a professor, please know that most universities are pretty strict on their professors being able to use proper spelling and grammar in their writing. That includes punctuation and proper capitalization where necessary.

*collaboration

MOderator: cross-posts merged

Thx Delta_G ill kep that in mynd. Next time i'll make sure to get each post proof read by an adult. D***