ESP8266 based Plane Spotter – How To

When I sit at my living room table I can see wonderful big airplanes in the final approach to Zurich (ZRH) airport or ascending to a far destination: Airbus A380 or Boeing B777 are ingenious proof of what we are capable to design and build. Quite often when I have visitors I start flightradar24 to get more information about the airplanes we see. But wouldn’t it be nice if this information would just be there, anytime I’m curious – without starting an app on my smart phone.....

ESP8266: Flight-O-Matic

Preview for my augmented reality project: A RaspberryPi with SDR-RTL dongle picks up signals from airplanes in my relative neighbourhood. When an airplane becomes visible from by living room window it sends detailed flight information to 6 modules of 8×8 Led Matrix elements such as connection details, airplane type, airline, etc. I hope to deliver a detailed documentation soon, the video is just a teaser;-) .....

RTL-SDR: Quick Guide to Software Defined Radio on Mac OS X Yosemite

Today another little package from China waited in my inbox: a DVB-T+FM Tuner. So far not that exciting. Except that this package for $10.99 is capable of receiving a huge spectrum of 24-1766MHz thanks to the powerful tuner inside. The keyword for making this hardware useful is Software Defined Radio or short SDR. And since the hardware is based on the Realtek Chip RTL2832U the software supporting it is called .....