I use Smart Things as my platform for my connected home. I want to create a connected device that does a few things.
- Listens for events from my devices
- Speaks the event through a speaker & lights up an LED when it speaks.
For example, this device would hang on the wall and lets say the back door opens. When it recieved that event it would say “Back door opened” through its own speaker and light up some LEDs it has built it.
I’m a software engineer and have pretty much figured out how to connect the dots there.
What I can’t figure out is the hardware I need because I’m new to electronics. I have the photon kit on order and also some LEDs from Adafruit. Things I don’t know are:
- How to hook up a speaker and what speaker?
- how to send bites to the speaker to play
- how to power this thing
Any tips would be awesome.