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High Tech. or Low Tech .... Principles stay the same :-)

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Where can I buy some Japanese elves  ?.....

BlueSun ESP8266 WiFi 'o' Sonar

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Continuing the theme with my ESP8266 WiFi "Wonder" chips.

First experiment in making a sonar scanner for remotely displaying depth/distance mapping.

The MaxSonar EZ0 is mounted via a 3D printed mount directly to a simple stepper motor.

The Stepper motor is controlled directly from the ESP8266 output pins.

Bluesun "Wifi'o'Scope" - ESP8266 enabled

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Finding the SVG details opens up a whole new jar of grubs, means that the tiny ESP8266 can grow its own display unit.

ESP8266 WiFi Controlled Hamster

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At last everything has come together ...

This is just a stepover project to prove the roundrobin of adding ESP8266 WiFi modules to remotly control Stepper motors and other cool stuff.

Programming an ESP8266 WIFI Module with the Arduino Gui

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This is a quick run_through on how to set up an ESP8266 Wifi module using the Arduino IDE.

With Arduino IDE version 1.6.5 it is possible to use the Arduino environment to download programs not only to the Atmel family but also to 3rd party Mcu's and importantly the ESP WIFI series.

FIre up an Arduino IDE version 1.6.5 or later :-

On the preferences tab be sure to copy and paste the URL below into the Additional Boards Manager URL entry box:-

ESP8266 12 series WiFi modules - Update:- out with Lua ..... in with Arduino IDE

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In my quest to create standalone WiFi enabled Servo Stepper motor actuators, I stumbled across the ESP8266 WiFi family.

They are basically mcu's with WiFi communications.

Gareth's 3D gear system corner (Wins & Fails)

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Here is a collection of 3D printed Gear systems I am currently working on.

Retro-fitting Stepper Motors

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First experiment proves viability of replacing some of inmoovs Servos with stepper motors.

I am using a Planet Gear (blue-box) in the picture above .....fortunately it just squeezes into the chest cavity.

Its downloadable off

I am still awaiting a Nema 17 stepper motor to drive it (this too I hope will slide into chest cavity)