Create an IoT Device: A Hands-On WorkshopNew
With the cost of microcontrollers, sensors, and Wi-Fi modules steadily decreasing, IOT is finding its way into many common devices in our lives and households. But, how do you get started with IoT development? What’s the best device to use? For this information and more, join Lance Gleason to explore the world of IoT by turning conference badges into Wi-Fi-enabled devices using the NodeMCU (ESP8266) open-source firmware and development kit, a 4x4 NeoPixel array, small battery pack, sensor, and voltage chip. Attendees will start by learning some basic electronics as we assemble the units (no soldering required!). Next, become familiar with microcontrollers as we write scripts to light up the NeoPixels and read values from the sensors. Finally, we’ll integrate our devices with a server and use a messaging protocol like MQTT to read data, send commands, and create different light patterns on the NeoPixels. By the end of this workshop, you'll have a fully functioning IoT device and server—and, arguably, one of the coolest badges at the conference!