“Alexa, Make My ESP8266 Do Something” | Hackaday

December 1st, 2016

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Well here is an interesting hack that can be very useful for the NodeMCU version of the GadgetBox. Wouldn’t it be nice to control a GadgetBox with Alexa voice commands without a middleman like SmartThings? Well this hack seems to be the ticket! It is a library for the esp8266 that allows it to emulate a Wemo device that is directly supported by the Alexa. :)

via HackaDay

Using Amazon Alexa to control Ameba Arduino

November 29th, 2016

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Nice article on the steps it takes to setup an IoT device to use an Amazon Echo device.

Can we adapt this to ESP8266 based devices?

via Instructables

 

DIY I2C Devices with ATtiny85 | Hackaday

November 24th, 2016

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Here is a very interesting article detailing how to use an ATtiny chip to turn any chip into an I2C device. This looks like a great technique to use with eCogs and the GadgetBox since it will free up valuable GPIO pins.

via HackaDay

How to Run Your ESP8266 for Years on a Battery – Open Home Automation

November 17th, 2016

 

low_powerThis is a topic that has a lot of significance for the GadgetBox platform. There are lots of IoT projects that need as much battery life as can be squeezed out of them. This awesome article explains how to squeeze 3 years of battery life out of an esp8266 module!

https://openhomeautomation.net/esp8266-battery/

See how a PCB is manufactured.

November 10th, 2016

What an incredibly helpful video! See first hand all the steps to manufacture a PCB. This answers all the questions I’ve always had when designing a board…

Via EEVblog

https://youtu.be/rEB0pl8a5C0

Node-Red - A visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things

November 8th, 2016

As we continue to puzzle out all the different approaches to create an IoT application something that caught our eye was Node-Red. It’s billed as a visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. The home page says this:

Node-RED is a tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways.

The intro video shows a pretty snazzy GUI for wiring elements together:

https://youtu.be/O-FDqkhCryA

This article shows how to tie your hardware into the Node-Red mix.

Now the question is what is the best way to run a node.js server?

Node-Red Homepage

Setting Up Your Own Arduino IoT Cloud Server – DZone IoT

November 3rd, 2016

With the soon to be released GadgetBox IoT enclosures we have been on the hunt for server solutions to drive our IoT devices. We really like Blynk so far, but it is not free. So when we saw this VPS based solution we knew it was something to put on the list to evaluate!

If anyone gets a chance to check it out we’d love to hear about it in the forums.

Article via dzone.com