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: Turn a $9 Body Scale into a Smart Scale – Part 1

In this project I will show you how you can build yourself a fancy Withings-like body scale. I divided the article into two parts: Part 1 describes the hardware hack and Part 2 the software. In this project I used a cheap scale I bought in the local super market for 9 Swiss Francs (which is currently about USD $9.-) and I am optimistic that other digital scales will work for you as well. This project was a lot of fun since I had to do reverse-engineering, soldering, programming and (optiona.....

ESP8266 based Plane Spotter – How To

When I sit at my living room table I can see wonderful big airplanes in the final approach to Zurich (ZRH) airport or ascending to a far destination: Airbus A380 or Boeing B777 are ingenious proof of what we are capable to design and build. Quite often when I have visitors I start flightradar24 to get more information about the airplanes we see. But wouldn’t it be nice if this information would just be there, anytime I’m curious – without starting an app on my smart phone.....

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.....

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 library Most 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 Feature Preview: More Fonts for the Weather Station!

I’m working on a new version of the Weather Station code. The first shot was the jason-streaming-parser library which allows me to fetch bigger objects directly from the source without the need of an proxy PHP script. The next step is to add more features to the display library. One is to allow more fonts and sizes. The current version only has one font and two sizes. For this I wrote a little Java program which converts any given.....

Register now: The WeatherStation Kit is coming!

I’m very happy to announce that I could find a supplier who will ship all the parts that you need to get started with the WeatherStation. No more worries to find the right components. The WeatherStation Kit will contain: the new improved NodeMCU V1.0 with 4MB flash one SSD1306 based OLED display with a resolution of 128×64 pixels 40x 20cm female-female connectors USB.....

#ESP8266: Open-Source Designer Advice wanted for the weather station!

So, all the major technical challenges have been resolved. But now the fine tuning begins. Anyone with a graphical eye in the audience to give advice? How to arrange the different elements most efficiently so that it is pleasant to eye and brain and uses the space most efficiently? Please step forward… Your “playground” is 128×64 pixels, 1-bit depth… All result.....

ESP8266: 3D printed case for the weather station project

You just got to love open source! Some guys wrote a firmware for an exciting little chip (ESP8266), based on an open sourced SDK: the NodeMCU lua firmware was born. Then another guy (me;-)) writes a little LUA program to fetch weather data from an open API and displays the data on a OLED display. Then yet another guy (smiley77) creates a wonderful case for the project and makes it available as well: .....

ESP8266 Projects: Internet Connected WeatherStation with beautiful icons

Since I learned how to create pictures and display them on these wonderful OLED displays I wanted to build something useful with it. Once you know about all the pieces, putting them together is quite easy. The icon, temperature and humidity are updated every 10 minutes from http://openweathermap.org/, then parsed into a JSO.....