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4 min readAug 31


IoT based Smart Umbrella using Raspberry Pi

Hey there, tech enthusiasts! Get ready to dive into a fascinating project that brings together the digital and the everyday. Ever thought about having an umbrella that changes colors based on the weather? Sounds cool, right? In this project, we’ll show you how to make your very own Smart Weather Umbrella. With a Raspberry Pi and a bit of coding magic, you’ll be stepping out into the world with an umbrella that’s not just protective, but stylish and smart too.

Sure, here’s a step-by-step guide to creating an IoT-based Smart Umbrella using a Raspberry Pi:

Step 1: Gathering Materials and Preparing
- Gather your materials: Raspberry Pi (any model with GPIO pins), RGB LED, breadboard, jumper wires, soldering iron (optional), OpenWeatherMap API Key.
- Set up your Raspberry Pi with an operating system (e.g., Raspberry Pi OS) and connect it to the internet.

Step 2: Connecting the RGB LED
1. Insert the RGB LED into the breadboard.
2. Connect the longer leg (anode) of the LED to a GPIO pin (e.g., GPIO18) on the Raspberry Pi.
3. Connect the shorter legs (cathodes) of the LED to three different GPIO pins (e.g., GPIO19, GPIO20, GPIO21) on the Raspberry Pi.

Step 3: Accessing OpenWeatherMap API
1. Go to the OpenWeatherMap website ( and sign up for an account.
2. After signing up, log in to your account.
3. Generate an API key by following their instructions. This key will allow you to access weather data.

Step 4: Coding the Raspberry Pi
1. Open your preferred code editor on the Raspberry Pi (e.g., Thonny, Python IDE).
2. Write a Python script that uses the `requests` library to fetch weather data from the OpenWeatherMap API using your API key.
3. Parse the JSON response to extract relevant weather details like temperature, humidity, and weather conditions.

Step 5: Mapping Weather to Colors
1. Define a mapping of weather conditions to RGB color values. For example, you could map “rainy” to blue, “sunny” to yellow, etc.
2. Based on the weather conditions retrieved from the API, choose the appropriate color from your mapping.

Step 6: Controlling the RGB LED
1. Use the RPi.GPIO library (or a similar library) in your Python script to control the GPIO pins connected to the RGB LED.
2. Write code that sends the necessary signals to the RGB LED’s pins to display the selected color.

Step 7: Putting It All Together
1. Combine the code that fetches weather data, maps weather conditions to colors, and controls the RGB LED.
2. Make sure the script runs continuously or at intervals to keep updating the LED color based on the current weather.

Step 8: Testing and Debugging
1. Run your script and check if the RGB LED changes color according to the weather conditions.
2. Debug any issues that may arise, such as incorrect color mappings or API connection problems.

Step 9: Enhancements and Customizations
1. Experiment with different color mappings and weather conditions.
2. Add more features, such as animations or patterns for different types of weather.

Step 10: Show Off Your Smart Umbrella
1. Attach the RGB LED to your umbrella, ensuring it’s securely connected.
2. Power up your Raspberry Pi and let your Smart Weather Umbrella shine!

Step 11: Exploring Future Possibilities
1. Reflect on what you’ve learned and the possibilities of combining IoT with everyday objects.
2. Dream up new projects that integrate technology into your daily life.

Ready to make your own Smart Weather Umbrella? Let’s dive in and create something awesome!

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