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HackerBoxes #13 – Using Blynk’s 2 Axis Joystick with NodeMCU and ESP8266

Sometimes I really like the Arduino IDE.  Not so much in this case.  Instead, I’ve enjoyed using the ESPlorer IDE with NodeMCU Lua – mainly because it’s easier and way faster for me to load and debug.  I’m sure there are counter points, but this was my experience so take a noob’s experience  for what it’s worth.  I was attempting to get the HackerBoxes #13 wifi controlled car working with Blynk via both the NodeMCU firmware as well as the Arduino firmware.  I started with the NodeMCU firmware, and I ended up with something that worked decently.  I am in the process of finishing up the code for the Arduino version, and I hope to post that shortly.  I’ve also […]

HackerBoxes #13 – Basic Setup for NodeMCU and ESP8266 (ESP-12E Development Kit)

Box #13 for HackerBoxes included an ESP8266 Development Board for use with the various sensors and model car chassis kit.  The instructable posted for HackerBoxes #13 included instructions for using the Arduino firmware instead of the NodeMCU firmware.  Nothing wrong with the Arduino firmware and related IDE, but I really like the NodeMCU eLua based firmware.  I’ve used it in the past with different ESP8266 projects, and I decided to use it as much as possible with the HackerBoxes #13 projects. Part of the reason I decided to make this post is because I tend to forget stuff that I don’t use every day, and it takes me awhile to get re-familiarized with the language, IDE, and related tools needed […]