ESP8266 WeatherStation Color

Yesterday I started playing around with a TFT color display connected to the ESP8266. First I adapted example code to download BMP files to the flash memory, and boy, this display has some nice intense colors! To get an idea how a color version of the Weatherstation would look like I got a little creative and designed a image mockup and uploaded it to the [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

New Weather Station Demo on Github

I have been working on a new demo of the Weather Station which is built as a platformio project. It has a few features which are not in the library demo: Wifi Signal [...]

ESP8266-Hack – Piggybacking OLED display on WeMos D1 Mini

128x64 OLED display directly soldered on a WeMos D1 Mini
Inspired by Mike Rankin's (@mikerankin) beautiful crossovers between an ESP8266 ESP-01 and an 0.96 Inch OLED I2C display I decided to try if there wasn't an easy hack to [...]

ESP8266: SSD1306 Oled Library Release

The "ESP8266 OLED SSD1306" is an open source library which allows you to control those pretty OLED modules from our beloved ESP8266 module. Fabrice Weinberg cleaned up all [...]

ESP8266: Continuous Delivery Pipeline – Push To Production

The integration of the ESP8266 framework into the Arduino IDE brought ease of use for development. This was further improved when firmwares could be pushed over the local [...]

ESP8266 Peripherals: Indoor Positioning with IR Camera

DF Robot IR Camera Sensor
The sensor I'm going to talk about here is a very powerful one. And you actually might have a very similar one in your home somewhere. The DF Robot Positioning IR Camera uses [...]

Daddy Day Science #2: Heated Air Expands

Thursday - Daddy Day - Science Day! In the second experiment I wanted to show my daughter that air expands when it gets warmer. My favourite "science" book offered a good 5 [...]

ESP8266 Peripherals: Mini PIR Motion Sensor

  The ESP8266 is all about Internet of Things, right? So lets start sensing something in the real world! What about (human) presence in your apartment? There are [...]

Daddy Science Day: The Potato Battery

I see myself as very privileged to enjoy a day alone with my daughter once per week. There are many aspects to it: it is a great thing for the relation with my wife, since I [...]