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What is a Tentacle?

Tentacle is how Anemone Platform calls open hardware devices which are connected to it.

In the end, a fully grown Anemone has a lot of cute Tentacles, right? ;)

Supported Tentacles

Anemone platform currently supports two open hardware devices based on nodeMCU v2 by default (we call them Tentacles). But any open hardware device which is capable of using MQTT can be connected to the Anemone Platform.

Button Tentacle Display Tentacle

Right now two low-cost hobby Tentacles based on nodeMCU v2 are supported - a Button and Display.

Support for the industrial quality devices from the BigClown family is coming soon.

Button Tentacle

Features

Button Tentacle is an open hardware button. It is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. It has to be connected to the power via USB cable. Pressing it can trigger action in your Flow.

More about Button Tentacle

Display Tentacle

Features

Display Tentacle is an open hardware display. It is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. It has to be connected to the power via USB cable. It can show some result value from your Flow.

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BigClown (BC) Base Tentacle

Features

Support for this Tentacle is coming soon! But you can download a cute 3D Printable Case for it right now.

BigClown Base Tentacle allows you to read various data and send it to your Flow. It has a modular sensor architecture (sensors in BigClown world are called Tags). BigClown Base Tentacle does not have the ability to connect itself to the internet (therefore to the Anemone Cloud) directly. You will need to connect it to your computer or RaspberryPi via USB cable or wirelessly to the BigClown USB Dongle.

On the other hand BigClown Base Tentacle can receive wireless data from the rest of your BigClown network (for example from the BigClown (BC) Remote Tentacle, the BigClown USB Dongle can be used for that purpose as well).

BigClown Tentacles are more complex, versatile and robust than the low-cost tentacles based on NodeMCU v2. BigClown Tentacles have industrial quality. But all of this comes for a cost. BigClown Tentacles are also more expensive.

More about BigClown (BC) Base Tentacle

BigClown (BC) Remote Tentacle

Features

Support for this Tentacle is coming soon! But a cute 3D Printable Case for it can be downloaded right now.

BigClown Remote Tentacle allows you to read various data and send it to your Flow. It has a modular sensor architecture (sensors in BigClown world are called Tags). BigClown Remote Tentacle does not have ability to connect itself to the internet (therefore to the Anemone Cloud) directly. You will need to connect it wirelessly to the BigClown Base Tentacle or directly to the BigClown USB Dongle.

On the other hand BigClown Remote Tentacle is the ONLY Tentacle which can operate completely wirelessly. It can collect data and send them over radio. It is powered by four AAA batteries.

BigClown Tentacles are more complex, versatile and robust than the low-cost tentacles based on NodeMCU v2. BigClown Tentacles have industrial quality. But all of this comes for a cost. BigClown Tentacles are also more expensive.

More about BigClown (BC) Remote Tentacle

Tentacle Usage

Usage of a Tentacle is very easy:


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