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 Lochm├╝ller 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.....

ESP8266 WeatherStation with a Magic Mirror

Just had a little time to test my latest idea. I took an IKEA picture frame, mirrored car tint and the Weather station, put everything together and it works! It only took about 30 minutes… Next time I’ll have to be more careful with the mirror tint, this thing scratches easily. But in the linked tint you get about 3 meters you’ll have enough material to get it perfect!.....

ESP8266 Weather Station: New Version Released

While I have a few days off I found some time to finally get a consistent set of libraries for the WeatherStation together and fix a few things. Here is a summary of the changes…Weather Station as a libraryMost important change from my point of view is that you can now install the Weather Station with the Arduino IDE library manager (or at least you will be able once this request has been .....

ESP8266 Project Preview: FairyBox – The Kid & Parent Friendly Wifi Controllable MP3 Player

This is a quick preview of my next ESP8266 project in the pipeline: The FairyBox. Planned features: (Planned) FeaturesSimple song selection with big buttons: button 1 selects folder one, first song, press button 1 again and it jumps to second song in folder 1. Web interface where parents can control volume (limit) to protect hearing,  skip super a.....

ESP32 unboxing!

Santa came early this year! Espressif has sent me one of the early test boards of the new kid in IoT town, the ESP32. Compared to the ESP8266 which kind of dominated the hacker space in the last 12 months the ESP32 is very powerful! Coming Dual Core 32-bit L108 MCU, Wifi AND Bluetooth LE it might be yet another milestone in affordable IoT devices for DIY hackers and industry all together. Check out the unboxing pictures. Looks like I wi.....