ESP32-EVB now get much better

ESP32-EVBESP32-EVB revision A was made quick and has too many errors 🙂 some were due to the non very clear documentation, like that we assumed that all ports could have internal pull-ups but  when we try to write the software we found that the GPIOs we used for the buttons has no such. Other were done by our engineer negligence.

We had small 100 pcs series from Revision A, but after all issues we encounter just decided to trash it and just move forward to revision B.

Now in Revision B all interfaces are tested and confirmed to work fine 🙂

What we keep:

  1. Two relays 250VAC/10A
  2. LiPo charger which allow ESP32 to work without external power supply
  3. Reset and User button
  4. micro SD card
  5. UEXT connector to add temperature, humidity, etc sensors
  6. GPIO with all signals available on 0.1″ proto friendly step connector

What we add:

  1. USB connector now is also used for automatic programming of ESP32 so no need for external serial cable, with DTR and RTS bootloader mode is entering automatically
  2. Ethernet now is correctly wired and works 🙂
  3. We were surprised to read ESP32 has CAN and we try and it works great, so in the new revision we add CAN driver
  4. We add Infrared transmitter and receiver, so now you can control all your home appliances with IR control like TVs, VCRs, Air conditioners, and everything else with IR control

What we removed:

  1. second button, with all above peripherals the ESP32-WROOM-32 module resources are gone, there is no single GPIO unused left

Revision B schematic can be reviewed here . The PCB is now routing.

Color TFT 2.8″ LCD 320×240 pixel display board with UEXT compatible to ESP32-EVB is also coming soon.

ESP32-EVB our new board for IoT first prototypes are ready

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ESP32-EVB is our new board with ESP32-WROOM32 module. It has:

  • ESP32-WROOM32 module
  • two relays 10A/250VAC
  • Ethernet 100Mb interface
  • LiPo charger and step up converter allowing ESP32-EVB to run from LiPo battery
  • microSD card connector
  • two user buttons
  • UEXT connector to attach different sensors and modules
  • 40 pin GPIO 0.1″ step connector with all resources of ESP32
  • 5V power jack
  • three mount holes

Now time to write some examples and if everything works to launch production.

The sale price will be EUR 22.00

Bitcoin price tracker with MOD-WIFI-ESP8266-DEV on Indiegogo

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We got note that one of our boards MOD-WIFI-ESP8266-DEV is in the newly developed open source hardware product – Bitcoin price tracker

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They are running now Indiegogo crowdfunding campain. We wish them success!

As being open source this product could be easily re-programmed to track price trends of other goods as well, like gold, silver, tin, why not DDR memory and Flash memory prices, and to give you alterts when the price go above or below given price point?

ESP32-CoreBoard V2 is in stock

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So anticipated ESP32-CoreBoard is now in stock!

We expect next week some quantity of just the modules ESP32-WROOM-32, they will be on web for sale for EUR 6.00/ea

OpenFest 2015 is 7 and 8th of November in Sofia

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Next weekend in Sofia will be held the biggest event for Free/Open Source technologies in Bulgaria – OpenFest which is run every year since 2003.

Olimex is approved for talk and workshop yay!

The lecture is in Saturday at 17.00 o’clock and we will show what we have been working mainly this year:

“Physical computing and IoT with Open Source Software and Hardware”.

We will demonstrate how easy is to connect physical objects to Internet with our new ESP8266 boards, and our plug and play firmware which recognizes the UEXT modules connected to ESP8266 like: electricity metering, LED displays, Fingerprint sensors, door locks, relays, buttons. etc. We will shop how to display Twitter messages on LED matrix display, how to make door lock with fingerprint sensor, how to implement DO button for IFTTT directly with ESP8266 by secure connection with 2048bit encryption, and how to connect and switch loads and measure what energy they consume.

Specially for Open Fest we made our new WiFi enabled LED 8×8 badge. It contains ESP8266 and can be programmed to do lot of stuff, like to display all tweets with hashtag #openfest2015 or to display what are the lectures which run now and in which rooms by connecting to Open Fest program web page and extracting the necessary info.

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Needless to say WiFi Badge is OSHW and all software project sources will be on GitHub (sorry still work on the software and can’t upload yet, we will do this early next week keeping the good developer’s traditions everything to be complete and debugged in the last minute 😉 ).

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As you can see all ESP8266 GPIOs are exposed on this badge so it is good also for development board, power supply is done with single 1.5V AA battery only!

The workshop will be about SMD component soldering, we will bring some Binary Watch Kits with us and teach you how to solder your own Binary Watch. These who already have been at TuxCon do remember these watches:

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Looking forward to see you there 🙂

Qualcomm with new dual band Low Power WIFI Solution QCA4004

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The Low Cost WiFi revolution made by Texas Instruments CC3xxx and Esspressif ESP8266 is not escaped unnoticed by the big boys in the wireless business.

Qualcomm has new product QCA4004 which targets same market but has lot more to offer:

  • Dual-band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz
  • Low energy
  • IPv4/IPv6 Networking
  • SSL Client with AES encryption
  • RTOS and Toolchain for code on chip
  • USB 2.0,  SPI/SDIO, UART, HS-UART, I2C, 2xI2S, GPIOs
  • Commercial: 0 to 85˚ C (case) Industrial: -40 to 85˚ C (ambient) temperature grades

Here is the flyer and the datasheet.

So far the official quotes for the chip through the official distributors are high, but we know Qualcomm is leader in the wireless solutions and can manufacture efficiently, so once these get in main stream production the prices may drop below ESP8266 prices 🙂

 

Do button for IFTTT with ESP8266-EVB now you have endless opportunities to make receipts with the IFTTT tools

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IFTTT is a web platform that facilitates connections between other big platforms under the form of recipes giving a great degree of flexibility in creating mashups. You can interact with almost  every social platform on the web like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. For this purpose you make receipts like: If I get e-mail with picture on my Gmail account store the picture in my Dropbox and share it on Twitter, or etc.

Just a few days ago IFTTT launched a channel for makers.This was a highly awaited feature since until now it was impossible to connect prototypes to the recipes and only a few approved devices were available from large producers that were accepted in the platform. The Maker channel changes all that. It allows both making web requests to the channel to send events to other platforms from devices and from other platforms to the devices.

Constantin Craciun almost immediately add “DO” button with ESP8266-EVB and here is his tutorial.

You can see on this video how he uses ESP8266 to switch ON and OFF lamp via his phone:

Now you can think of endless apps for this DO button, like sending SMS “I’m home” to parents phones when the kid arrive from school and press the button.

Or button at the reception desk of hotel which send message to taxi company “go to hotel xxx to pickup customer”, etc. etc.

We are working on the small cloud broker for our ESP8266 IoT Firmware, and this IFTTT API will be definitely among the first implemented!

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