Lightning Maneki Neko by - ALPHA

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Open channel to our node




Video stream tuning - motion was (by mistake) set up to grab video from camera at 5fps but stream it at 20fps (= wasting bandwidth sending every frame 4 times), also I found an option in motion config to reduce framerate of the stream when there is no motion detected. Motion was reconfigured to stream at 1fps when there is no motion (Maneki s not waving) and at 10fps as motion is detected.


Updated all occurrences of "Maneki-neko" to "Maneki Neko"


Added link to our node on Acinq Explorer (click the node name / link under "open channel" QR code)

13. - 14.4.2019

ESP8266 controlled lamp replaced by LEDs controlled by STM32F103C8 (aka bluepill - you can see it in front of Maneki) using usb-relay firmware

... and I started this changelog

Hey! What the f*** is this about?

This is a demo of Bitcoin Lighitning network payments. You can see live video of our Maneki Neko, there are 3 LEDs controlled by lightning payments attached near Maneki which turns on for 30 seconds after sucessfull payment of 1000 satoshis (0.01mBTC). Maneki is powered by tiny solar panel and starts to wave when LEDs are on.

Please note that you need Lightning wallet such as Eclair Mobile [Android] or C-Lightning [Linux commandline], you can't use "classic" bitcoin wallets such as Bitcoin Core or Electrum as they doesn't support lightning.

Also please note that this project is/was made for fun and this is something like early-alpha version, therefore please be kind if something breaks - I will try to fix it as soon as possible.

If you have any questions / suggestions:


C-lightning - lightning Network implementation in C

Bitcoin Core - bitcoin core wallet

Motion - highly configurable program that monitors video signals from many types of cameras

MJPEG-relay - relays any given MJPEG stream

ESP8266 core for Arduino - used to control the lamp in the past

USB relay [STM32 / libopencm3] by Daniel Thompson - used to control LEDs via USB

Bitcoin Lightning Powered Chicken Feeder - great inspiration

"Shaggy" who gave me the webcam used in this project - thanks!

Sellers of Beijing's Pearl market we bought the Maneki Neko(s) from - we had fun to bargain about the prices that started at 60RMB and we managed to bargain to 8RMB :-)

Aliexpress / all Chinese for such cheap Arduinos / ESP8266s / STM32s / bulepills / modules / amplifiers / etc...

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