Arduino & ESP

Getting Started with arduino

Leonardo 6 dollar board will get you going was easy to clean the pcb and it works with HID device emulation like keyboard / mouse / joystick. if you want more get the x86 sam boards to download arduino IDE
There are examples included with the program, just pick leonardo from tools->boards menu and it should be ready to program. the basic examples are easier to understand, programming is a bit tricky at first but its pretty easy with a leonardo, basically its a computer that can turn things on and off but it can do alot with it, also its good for reading ammounts of things in the digital/analog realm
if you need to brush up on your c++ skills i’ll try and post a guide here, for simple things though its easy to modify the existing code without much knowledge. basically the compiler looks runs setup() then main() functions and you can put what you want in them.
with esp8266
esp-01S is better than the 01 because the 2 io pins actually work as i2c pins.
esp8285 are nice compact design and newer probably.

add this repository to arduino preferences then search esp8266 then download the package.


Arduino projects and links.

esp8266 door bell writeup / review door bell repository from a different project. same effect.

knock sensor / clap    peizo sensors / mic

drum shoes for making midi signals.

LED heart rate(pulse) detector

servo / stepper controll

digi weight scale hack for part of the bar bot.

melzi 3d printer board

various electronics ebay parts worth buying with price charts. << apparently this is why… i had issues with 2 other esp8266 programmers and a esp8266 r1d2 clone with 32mb of flash.  — seems to have been fixed on linux now and the board are working great ! 🙂


the mini r1d2 worked and the red pcb with a little switch on them, add hotglue to make the switch more rigid.

more later…

How RFID Works and How To Make an Arduino based RFID Door Lock

esp8285 is better option for the esp-01 style boards because it needs no modifications to do deepsleep power saving. speech synthesizer for arduino beware of security issues when designing.



6 dollar board with esp  for 5  dollars, psu’s for 5 dollars or just use a usb breakout board as shown below with dab of hotglue, its very solid feeling.


VirtualBox Tinycorelinux for Arduino