Just a quick one about new goodies found in the MailBox :
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Envelope in Bulgarian language:)
Have you ever heard about Bulgaria? Is a country in southeastern Europe, member of the European Union, NATO, and the Council of Europe.
And why are we interested about?
It's a lovely Country, nice seaside, nice and friendly people and I can give you another MAJOR reason:
Plovdiv - the second largest city in Bulgaria, is home of OLIMEX LTD, a leading provider for development tools and programmers for embedded market, a well knows company with over 20 years experience in designing, prototyping and manufacturing printed circuit boards, sub-assemblies, and complete electronic products.
Ok, ok, enough with geography lessons let's see what's inside :)
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YES, indeed, they are ESP8266 Modules :). They look promising and first of all they are Open Source Hardware! You can find all the related documents, schematics and software examples on OLIMEX website.
1. MOD-WIFI-ESP8266 Module
|MOD-WIFI-ESP8266 - TOP|
|MOD-WIFI-ESP8266 - Bottom|
2. MOD-WIFI-ESP8266-DEV Module
|MOD-WIFI-ESP8266-DEV - TOP|
|MOD-WIFI-ESP8266-DEV - Bottom|
If you are interested how it looks compared with the corresponding cheap Chinese Module sold on Ebay and arround, take a look below:
I don't know how much can be seen in the pictures above but is quite a big difference in the quality of the products. And if you remember the ESP-07 Module DOA story might worth to think about spending a few bucks more on a proper tested product from a trustable source. Chinese NO-NAME one is around 4$ on Ebay, Olimex one about 5.50.
I, personally, think that is good to have also other options and sources than the Far-East Factories. And not only for ESP Modules. Putting all the Global eggs in one basket might become a nasty story sometime...
3. ESP8266-EVB Board
ESP8266-EVB is the companion Evaluation board for MOD-WIFI-ESP8266-DEV with relay, button, UEXT, all GPIOs available on standard 0.1" header. Breadboard friendly!
|ESP8266-EVB - TOP|
|ESP8266-EVB - Bottom|
That's all for Mailbag today and be sure we will put them at work soon !!