Wow! What a mouthful.
Here’s the objective:
Design and build a compact devise utilizing the components listed above (title) to develop an easy to construct, stand alone, sensor capable of detecting temperature and humidity, and having it display locally and remotely on like devices.
So what does this really mean?
I’m looking to design & build a circuit board that allows for a plug-in of a ESP8266 module (don’t know which one yet), plug-in of a OLED (display) module, and have it communicate over WiFi through a MQTT broker. Each module would subscribe to every other module’s information such that each module would display the temp and humidity of other locations within the network.
With the use of an “Internet” based broker, this network need not be local…in fact it could be world-wide. I know there are project out there like this, but I’m looking to develop the hardware assembly in a form that makes it easy for kids to build.
My goal is to take this start to finish, eith the selection of components, the drawing of the PCB, the making of the board (etching and drilling), the assembly of components, the programming of the module, and the development of the broker.
Package this up as a set of directions that kids can follow and make it a segment of “Explorer Series” of the T-Recs summer camp.
Looking for ideas and suggestions, so please feel free to comment.
I got to attribute my sudden interest in the ESP8266 cheap WiFi module yo Peter Scargill’s work on putting together a really good blog. He mentions that a fellow is merging MQTT code with an easy to use interpretive language called LUA. I would love to see a Forth language formed for the ESP8266…how cool would that be?
For the MQTT/LUA thing you can visit https://github.com/tuanpmt/nodemcu-firmware. I think the BIN file is ready to flash onto the ESP chip. I’m still waiting for my modules to arrive. Hopefully soon and then I can give a play-by-play about how to make stand alone devices….as I’m hoping to do with the kids in my camp this summer.
Thank you for taking the time to visit.
I’ve recently been following the blog from Peter Scagill at https://scargill.wordpress.com/.
Excellent! Just excellent. He’s been following the implementation and use of the ESP8266; a low cost means of producing IoTs (Internet of Things). These cheap devices are <$3.00 and as Peter says, are the cheapest uProcessors available.
There’s a lot to learn but with the distribution of the ESP8266 SDK, a number of very sharp people have put together programming languages and projects that make it easy (??) for people like me to build really cool projects. SDK installation, LUA, MQTT and more. Way to go.
I hope to start keeping everyone informed about my progress on this and other electronic project that pique my interest(s).
Good blogging and hope to see you soon.