WiPy: A kickstarter for a TI CC3200 wifi chip running MicroPython



  • Comes with 2Mb flash, 256K RAM, and runs MicroPython.

    See more information here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wipy/the-wipy-the-internet-of-things-taken-to-the-next



  • Cool! I am tempted to order one, but I just ordered a few cheap ESP8266 based wifi modules for Arduino to play around with. This looks like it has a lot more power and potential though.

    I see an internet of things workshop in our future. Not sure when it would be a good time yet, but I know there are quite a few people around here who are interested in this sort of thing.


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    I would love a python-enabled controller!

    @arasbm, I have been reading about the ESP8266 for weeks now, let us know what you think of it. Where did you order it from?



  • @Chris I have a couple I ordered from olimex. You’re welcome to borrow/buy them if you like. It doesn’t seem like I’ll have time to play with them anytime soon.

    I picked up 2 of these: https://www.olimex.com/Products/IoT/MOD-WIFI-ESP8266-DEV/open-source-hardware
    and 2 of these: https://www.olimex.com/Products/IoT/MOD-WIFI-ESP8266/



  • I got mine off ebay, they have not arrived yet. I saw @pierre was playing with another wifi chip that he said was pretty cool, can’t remember which one it was. @pierre ?



  • ESP8266. I got the ones they describe as ESP-03 on this site: http://hackerspace.pbworks.com/w/page/88183850/ESP8266 from an ebay seller, they ran about $3 each as I recall. I am putting one on the garage door to tell me if it has been left open at night. I have a second I’ve soldered to pins in a 3d-printed carrier so it is breadboard friendly. I’m running lua via the nodemcu firmware on them as a standalone microcontroller. That way I don’t need the overhead of a separate arduino to run up to 5 sensors or outputs with the ability to report over wifi.

    I’m going to be ordering a bigger batch of them shortly so I can build wifi-operated trinkets out of them. Be too handy to be able to drop sensors every which place and have them report to a central computer via wifi. They’d be about perfect for a “figuring out where you are via triangulating from a large number of wifi peers” project I’ve had backburnered for years if it weren’t for the ~200ma power draw.


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