Well here is an interesting hack that can be very useful for the NodeMCU version of the GadgetBox. Wouldn’t it be nice to control a GadgetBox with Alexa voice commands without a middleman like SmartThings? Well this hack seems to be the ticket! It is a library for the esp8266 that allows it to emulate a Wemo device that is directly supported by the Alexa. 🙂
This is a topic that has a lot of significance for the GadgetBox platform. There are lots of IoT projects that need as much battery life as can be squeezed out of them. This awesome article explains how to squeeze 3 years of battery life out of an esp8266 module!
As we continue to puzzle out all the different approaches to create an IoT application something that caught our eye was Node-Red. It’s billed as a visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. The home page says this:
Node-RED is a tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways.
The intro video shows a pretty snazzy GUI for wiring elements together:
This article shows how to tie your hardware into the Node-Red mix.
Now the question is what is the best way to run a node.js server?
With the soon to be released GadgetBox IoT enclosures we have been on the hunt for server solutions to drive our IoT devices. We really like Blynk so far, but it is not free. So when we saw this VPS based solution we knew it was something to put on the list to evaluate!
If anyone gets a chance to check it out we’d love to hear about it in the forums.