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Month: December 2015

Over-the-Air ESP8266 programming using PlatformIO

There were three items on my two-do list for quite some time already: Get an ESP toolstack running on my Mac Try out PlatformIO and see if it’s nice to work with Try out video blogging (or vlogging) So, why not combined the three to-do items into one experiment? So yesterday I got my gear ready and started experimenting and recording and editing, almost all at the same time. Here’s there result: In this video I have installed an ESP toolstack using platform IO with the statements below:

Since PlatformIO version 2.7, PlatformIO doesn’t have a dependency on scons anymore, hence…

Really no excuses for not starting ESP8266 IoT experiments anymore

I finally finished my supply of ESP8266 chips and thought of ordering a few new ones. I can’t believe how low their price has become since I last ordered them. Last time, I bought them for approximately€4, and I already thought that was a complete bargain. But today I saw a seller on AliExpress that offered them for only €1.67, including shipment from China! http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-New-version-1PCS-ESP8266-serial-WIFI-model-ESP-01-Authenticity-Guaranteed-Internet-of-things/32473490612.html That’s really an unbelievable price, and I wonder if we’ll ever see it hit a bottom. Coming to think of it, the new ESP32 is coming pretty soon, and I really wonder what that will mean for…

Because every house needs Wifi

Just because every house needs Wifi, I just had to squeeze an ESP8266 in the battery compartment of Haseenah​’s miniature christmas houses. Batteries have been replaced with a USB phone charger on the mains and light can be controlled through Wifi. The ESP8266 has been hot glued on a piece of experimentation board, which has been cut in such a way that it just leaves a row of holes available for some headers. Detachable cables are convenient, so that you can take the ESP out and upgrade it, or do something else with it. A header has been added for…