• Home Automation, MicroPython
      5 min | 8629

      #MicroPython: Controlling Smart Power Outlets using an ESP32

      Home Automation, MicroPython | 5 min | 8629

      home automation
      smart power outlets

      Today there is a wide range of offer for home automation devices. A lot of sensors, actors etc. can be connected to the cloud and be controlled using Google Home, Amazon Alexa, your smartphone, etc. There are a lot of companies offering low cost devices, e.g. Sonoff, Tuya, Teckin etc. Most of these solutions are based on ESP32 or ESP8266, and all of them send data to cloud solutions usually deployed on Amazon services, and the data is only accessible using the Androi...

    • LoRa, MicroPython
      3 min | 19556

      #MicroPython: ESP32 sending data using LoRa

      LoRa, MicroPython | 3 min | 19556

      wireless communication

      LoRa (Long Range) is a patented digital wireless data communication technology. It was developed by Cycleo of Grenoble in France and then acquired by Semtech in 2012. Semtech defines the Lora Technology "as the DNA of IoT, which connects sensors to the Cloud and enables real-time communication of data and analytics that can be utilized to enhance efficiency and productivity".

      To sum up, LoRa is a wireless data communication technology that enables very-long-range transmissions (mo...

    • Cloud Platforms, MicroPython
      7 min | 4832

      #Zerynth: ESP32 & Google IoT Core - Part 1: Sending data to the Cloud

      Cloud Platforms, MicroPython | 7 min | 4832

      data access
      google cloud platform
      home automation

      There are lot of tutorials about connecting the ESP32 to a cloud service, but I planned to connect these boards using MicroPython directly to the cloud. That means, I didn't want to use a hardware or software bridge. I wanted to use the Google IoT Core, but MicroPython doesn't support JSON Web Token (JWT), which is needed for the device authentication. I tried to write the library myself, but it didn't work, because of the needed dependencies and the small mem...

    • MicroPython
      2 min | 2764

      #MicroPython: Camera stabilisation application

      MicroPython | 2 min | 2764

      camera stabilization.
      micro servers

      To continue the series of posts "connecting sensors to MicroPython", this article is about the MPU6050 (you can use also the MPU9255, I am still waiting for the Chinese sensor package) and the WiPy 3.0. Combining the IMU sensor with the WiPy and two micro servos 9g, it is possible to stabilize a camera (tilt/rotate).

      To calculate the compensation needed for the stabilisation, I added the umatrix, quaternion and ulinalg libraries to the project to make matrix multiplication and ...

    • MicroPython
      4 min | 9290

      #Tutorial: Getting started with MicroPython: Sensors - Part 1

      MicroPython | 4 min | 9290

      sense environment

      One of the most visited articles on my blog is the Getting started with MicroPython! tutorial. If you still don't know what is MicroPython and you want to start programming microcontroller boards (ESP32, ESP8266 etc.) using a small version of Python 3, you should look at that article . Don't expect to use machine learning or/and other big libraries (the available RAM and microcontroller performance is far away for that aim), but you can do some projects like these:

    • MicroPython
      1 min | 3553

      #Tutorial: Installing dependencies on MicroPython

      MicroPython | 1 min | 3553

      micropython extensions

      While I was reading my getting stated tutorial about MicroPython again, I noticed that I've forgotten to tell something about dependencies or packages.

      Here is possible to find some MicroPython packages. On the WeMos (ESP32) or the ESP8266, it is possible to install these packages using the upip package manager. The WiPy doesn't have the package.

      To download the new packages, you need to connect the board to the Internet. I take the WeMos as example and typing the following, you can connect the board to your WiFi router:

      ssid_ = <your_ssid>
      wp2_pass = <your wpa2 password>
      import network
    • MicroPython
      4 min | 1516

      #Micropython: Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!

      MicroPython | 4 min | 1516

      happy new year
      merry Christmas

      It has been a while since my last post! Sorry, I was a little bit busy and then I was on a business trip in Melbourne for the CDC2017 and then I had a week holiday in Bangkok. I will be posting some photos on the next days!

      It's been a year now since I started this blog. It's a hard job to maintain it up-to-date but I still have fun writing and coding for this purpose! So let us start!


      The first video that I published a year ago was using the Wipy2.0 and a WS2812b led strip...

    • Hacking, MicroPython, Security
      5 min | 5918

      #Hacking: Wemos (ESP32) & Captive Portal using MicroPython

      Hacking, MicroPython, Security | 5 min | 5918

      captive portal system

      At the beginning of October I wrote a blog article called White Hacking: WeMos and SquirelCrawl!. I used the WeMos (ESP32) and the firmware provided by Hacker Arsenal to do a captive portal. As you known, a captive portal is a web page which is displayed to newly connected users before they are granted broader access to network resources [wiki]. This can be used in combination with evil portals to obtain login credentials. The firmware provided by Hacker Arsenal has mul...

    • MicroPython
      5 min | 2500

      #MicroPython & #WiPy 2.0/3.0: Geolocation using WLAN

      MicroPython | 5 min | 2500

      google apis

      I was surfing the services that Google offers, I found the Geolocation API. As Google describes the API: it returns a location and accuracy radius based on information about cell towers and WiFi nodes that the mobile client can detect. As I was writing the last post using MicroPython, I thought the WiPy 2.0/3.0 could be a nice "mobile client".

      To use the API you need to get an API key from Google. As a standard user of the API, you get:

      • 2,500 free requests per day, and
      • 50 r...
    • Home Automation, MicroPython
      7 min | 6891

      #MicroPython: WeMos (ESP32) and Amazon Echo (Alexa) - Switching LED Colors!

      Home Automation, MicroPython | 7 min | 6891

      amazon echo
      home automation
      ws2812b leds

      I don’t have any Belkin WeMo system or Philips Hue light bulbs. However, I have two ESP32 running MicroPython (see my last article), and a W2812b LED strip, and I thought I should be able to say, "Echo/Alexa, turn on the kitchen light" or "Echo/Alexa, turn on the blue light" and It should work with this setup.

      And... it works as you can see in this video!

      If you are interesting in only using the code, then click here. Otherwise, you can read the complete story... ;)