My first idea was to add a ESP8266 to the GIF frame, so that I could control it remotely. But I haven’t had much success when tinkering the it. I can not get it to run a webserver without it freezing up.
But I had a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) laying around – Yes, I have a lot a stuff laying around 🙂
I had bought it a while ago, but didn’t really got into code in Cocoa Touch for iOS- also I didn’t want to pay 100$ for the developer subscription – which was needed for you to get the app on the iPhone.
But with the latest release of xcode, you can install your own apps on your iPhone without the subscription! So everything kinda came together for this project 🙂
The BLE device communicates with a serial port, and can talk directly to the Arduino.
I just need some small adjustments to the menu code – adding software serial. (and I included a power on/off option, while I was at it)
Download: GIF frame
And here it is: