ESP8266 garage door opener and data logger

ESP8266 garage door opener

This ESP8266 controlled garage door opener activates the garage switch via commands send over an web browser. In addition, it also records the activities to a Google Sheet using the services. There seems to be an unstoppable drive in the hacker DIY community for web based garage door openers and we were compelled to respond.  The garage door opener we have opens/shuts from a push button switch that basically creates a short to connect two terminals on the garage door opening unit.  That allows easy implementation because all that is required is a ESP8266 controlled relay wired across those two terminals

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Portable RPi game emulator

Portable Rpi game emulator

This Portaberry RPi game emulator is a Raspberry Pi powered portable gaming console running the Retropie operating system. It allows you to play an extremely wide range of classic video games from the Atari 2600 to the Playstation 1. The main features of this project are as follows: 5″ HDMI Display Full complement of modern controls (2 analog sticks, d-pad, 4 action buttons, start/select, and L/R shoulder and trigger buttons) Raspberry Pi 2 Running Retropie 4.1 Stereo Speakers and headphone jack 4400mAh battery giving roughly 4 to 5 hours of play time USB micro charging input using Adafruit Powerboost1000c Accommodations for laser

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EasyESP-1: A rapid prototyping and development board for ESP8266


EasyESP-1 is a rapid prototyping development board for the low-cost, WiFi-enabled ESP8266 microcontroller. With an onboard USB-to-Serial converter pre-installed, EasyESP-1 does not require any additional hardware to download your application firmware to the ESP8266 chip. The ESP module used in this development board is ESP-12E. All the I/O pins are broken out to 0.1” female headers for easy access, as well as to standard Grove connectors for connecting Grove sensors and other compatible modules. The 180-point breadboard further facilitates experimenting and testing of external circuits. You can buy EasyESP-1 from our Tindie Store. Non US buyers can also get it from

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ESP8266 airplane spotter

ESP8266 plane spotter

Daniel Eichhorn recently upgraded his original text version of Plane Spotter project with a colorful TFT screen displaying a map along with airplanes on it. The project requires an the ESP8266 Wifi module (Wemos D1 Mini in this case) and an ILI9341/ XPT2046 TFT display with touch screen. Features Beautiful startup splash screen Automatic geo location by using WiFi scanning. List of visible SSIDs identifies your location Automatic download of JPEGs from MapQuest Detailed information about the nearest aircraft Flight track: last 20 waypoints per aircraft displayed

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How to send email and text messages using ESP8266

Send Text and Email from NodeMCU

Earlier we looked at a method of programming ESP8266 to send sensor data directly to Google Sheets without using any third party modules. Now, we will expand that a little bit and learn to send an email as well as a text message (SMS) using ESP8266. In this demo, we will configure our ESP8266 to send an email and a text message when the value of a variable (which could be a sensor output, or any other physical quantity) goes beyond a threshold limit. This is not entirely a new topic as there are similar tutorials available online to show how to do

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