ESP8266 Weather Station: Getting Started Guide available for Kindle

Once in a while I like to try out new ways to reach the audience. I’m happy to present the ESP8266 Weather Station: Getting Started Guide is now available for Kindle. If you are a frequent reader of this blog you might recognise some content of the guide from older posts. But I hope you still enjoy reading it on another device and in a revised form with additional information for beginners. .....

ESP8266: Offline Debugging with the Platformio Environment

Having tools is great but you also need to know how to use them. Being a native Java speaker using a debugger is a very natural and easy thing. With the ESP8266 on the other hand this looks a bit different. I struggled now for a half day to figure out how to use the debugger to resolve a nasty crash that was happening if I would use a NFC card reader several times in a row. Most of the time I tried to use life debugging as I was used from the Java world a.....

WeatherStation & 3D Printing: striving for seamless integration

As you might know already I am now a proud owner of a 3D printer, a Printrbot Play. In the last few weeks I have tried to master the printer and I have learned a lot in this time. It was only a matter of time to bring my two passions together and use the 3D printer to create a case for the WeatherStation. This is my first result. It is not as perfect as I want it to be but it is presentable. With the next version I’ll have to make the w.....

3D Printing: My First 3 Weeks with a 3D Printer

After pondering over buying a 3D printer for almost a year I finally had ordered a Printrbot Play at the end of last year and about 3 weeks later it arrived in Switzerland in a pretty package at my door. In this post I’d like to share my experience with this specific printer and with 3D printing in general as far as I can tell after 3 weeks of owning one. I believe that in the first .....

Printrbot Play: First Impressions & First Prints

Yesterday my Printrbot Play finally arrived after 3 Weeks since I gave the order. After hesitating for a long time I finally made the order on december 31, then on January 11 it was shipped and 9 days later on January 20 it arrived at my home in Switzerland (but I wasn’t home:-() and I could pick it up at the post office in the evening. Should you decide to buy a Printrbot Pla.....

ESP8266 Arduino IDE Alternative: Platformio

The Arduino IDE is a good choice for a beginner to get into the world of small embedded devices. Feedback that I got from Weather Station Users indicates that the ESP8266 attracts many hobbyists to the IoT field that before had little experience with programming small devices. For me as a (professional) Java programmer the Arduino IDE lacks many features that I would expect from a modern development tool. The two that I miss most are Auto-.....

Weather Station in an Old Nokia Phone

Today I got a wonderful email from Jens Lochmüller from Germany which shows that necessity is truly the mother of invention. He wanted to build a case for the Weather Station with a picture frame but since he didn’t have an unused one at home and the shops were closed today he just put it into the case of an old Nokia phone. If I had to guess I would say it is a Nokia 1110 or.....