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The server running on to log power usage and show a nice graph.
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Merge pull request #4 from knielsen/master

Implement /aggregate/ API
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@esmil esmil authored




This is the code running on

It reads data from the Arduino connected to the serial port, which monitors the power meter in Labitat, and serves the power graph and an API for retrieving past power meter data.

Each time the Arduino detects a new blink of the power meter it sends the amount of milliseconds passed since last blink as a decimal string followed by a newline ("\n").

Upon receiving such a value from the Arduino the server attaches a timestamp (unix timestamp in milliseconds) and stores this pair in a database. It also returns the point to any clients doing long-polling to update the live graph.

The server is written in Lua using the Lua Event Machine, along with the stream and PostgreSQL libraries for it.


The database stores pairs (stamp, ms) for each blink of the power meter. Here stamp is a unix timestamp in milliseconds describing roughly when the blink happened, and ms is the number of milliseconds which passed since the last blink detected. We'll refer to such a pair as a "point".

The power meter blinks once for each Wh of power used (1000 times for each kWh). Use the formula

3600000 / ms

to calculate the (mean) power usage in Watts during the time interval [stamp - ms, stamp].

The points can be fetched by doing HTTP requests to various URIs. So far JSON is the only output format supported and points will be returned in a JSON array [stamp, ms].

Clients should not assume that stamp1 + ms2 = stamp2 for every two consecutive points (stamp1, ms1) and (stamp2, ms2). There may be time drifts, rounding errors or both. Also the blip server may have been down for some period of time due to maintanence or other hacking and thus not been able to log some blinks.

  • /blip

    Use this URI to do long-polling. The server will not answer the request immediately, but instead wait until the next blink is detected and then return that point.

  • /last

    Immediately returns the last point read.

  • /last/<n>

    Returns a list points read during the last <n> milliseconds.

    If there are more than 2000 such points only the first 2000 will be returned.

  • /since/<n>

    Returns a list of points since <n>, which must be a unix timestamp in milliseconds.

    If there are more than 2000 such points only the first 2000 will be returned, so use 1 plus the timestamp of the last point in the list to request the next 2000 points (again using this URI).


blipserver is free software. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

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