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PDF Free Download | ESP8266 Robotics Projects DIY Wi-Fi controlled robots by Pradeeka Seneviratne.

About the Author

Pradeeka Seneviratne is a software engineer with over 10 years of experience in computer programming and systems design.

He is an expert in the development of Arduino and Raspberry Pi-based embedded systems. Pradeeka is currently a full-time embedded software engineer who works with embedded systems and highly scalable technologies.

Previously, he worked as a software engineer for several IT infrastructure and technology servicing companies.

He collaborated with the Outernet project as a volunteer hardware and software tester for Lighthouse and Raspberry Pi-based DIY Outernet receivers based on Ku band satellite frequencies.

He is also the author of five books:

  • Internet of Things with Arduino Blueprints [Packt Publishing]
  • IoT: Building Arduino-Based Projects [Packt Publishing]
  • Building Arduino PLCs [Apress]
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Projects for Java Programmers [Packt Publishing]
  • Beginning BBC micro: bit [Apress]

ESP8266 Robotics Projects Contents 

Chapter 1: Getting Ready

  • ESP8266EX
  • Connecting with a breadboard 
  • Using the Arduino IDE
  • Using chassis kits and accessories to build robots
  • Summary

Chapter 2: Building a Mini Round Robot with Original ESP8266

  • Things you will need 
  • Assembling the Mini 3-Layer Round Robot chassis kit
  • Wiring them together
  • Writing sketches 
  • Using Blynk
  • Uploading the sketch 
  • Applying power 
  • Playing the robot 
  • Summary

Chapter 3: Using Encoders 

  • Things you will need 
  • The Wheel Encoder Kit 
  • Connecting the encoders with motors 
  • Wiring the encoders with Arduino 
  • Reading encoders
  • Playing the 3-Layer Mini Round Robot 
  • Summary

Chapter 4: Building a Mini Round Robot with the Feather HUZZAH ESP8266

  • Things you will need 
  • What is Feather HUZZAH ESP8266? 
  • The DC Motor + Stepper FeatherWing
  • Assembling the robot 
  • Creating a Blynk app 
  • Writing the Arduino UNO sketch 
  • Testing the robot 
  • Summary

Chapter 5: Line-Following Zumo Robot 

  • Things you will need 
  • Assembling the Zumo chassis Kit 
  • Building a line-following course 
  • Writing Arduino sketch
  • Summary

Chapter 6: Building an ESP8266 Robot Controller

  • Things you will need
  • Building the Romi Robot
  • Building the Robot Controller
  • Software
  • Play it 
  • Summary

Chapter 7: Building a Gripper Robot

  • Things you will need 
  • Mini Robot Rover chassis kit
  • Connecting the gripper to the chassis
  • Controlling the gripper with Blynk
  • Summary

Chapter 8: Photo Rover Robot 

  • Things you will need
  • Rover 5 chassis 
  • Connecting the electronics
  • Software 
  • Summary

Preface to ESP8266 Robotics Projects

This book is all about robotics projects based on the original ESP8266 microcontroller board and some variants of ESP8266 boards.

The ESP8266 Wi-Fi module is a self-contained SOC with an integrated TCP/IP protocol stack that can give any microcontroller access to your Wi-Fi network.

It has powerful processing and storage capabilities. It also supports application hosting and Wi-Fi networking. The first chapter explains everything that you need to build your development environment with basic hardware and software components.

This book uses an original ESP8266 board and an AdafruitFeather HUZZAH ESP8266 board for all the robotic projects.

You will also learn how to use different types of chassis kits, motors, motor drivers, power supplies and distribution boards, sensors, and actuators to build robotic projects that can be controlled via Wi-Fi.

You will also use line sensors, ArduCam, wheel encoders, and a Gripper Kit to build more specialized robots.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Getting Ready, introduces the original ESP8266, that is, ESP-01, sets up a development environment with the hardware and software needed to write code for ESP8266, and explains how to use the Arduino Core to write code for ESP8266 boards with the Arduino IDE.

This chapter will also present how to use the AT command with PuTTY to execute on an ESP8266.

Chapter 2, Building a Mini Round Robot with Original ESP8266, explains how to build a Mini Round Robot using the Mini 3-Layer Round Robot Chassis Kit with the ESP-01 board, Arduino, and some electronics.

This chapter will also explain how to develop a Blynk app to control the robot through a Wi-Fi network.

Chapter 3, Using Encoders, shows how to modify the Mini 3-Layer Round Robot you built in the previous chapter by integrating a wheel encoder kit to calculate average speed and distance traveled based on the pulses generated by the hall-effect sensors.

This chapter will also explain how to modify the Blynk app you built in the previous chapter to show the calculated average speed and distance traveled.

Chapter 4, Building a Mini Round Robot with the Feather HUZZAH ESP8266, shows how to replace the original ESP8266 board with a physically smaller and more lightweight Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 board.

The chapter will also explain how to develop a Blynk app to control the robot through a Wi-Fi network.

Chapter 5, Line-Following Zumo Robot, teaches how to build a robot that follows a line, either a black line on a white surface or a white line on a black surface, by integrating a Line Follower Array. The chapter will also explain how to build a line following the course.

Chapter 6, Building an ESP8266 Robot Controller, shows how to build an ESP8266-based simple Robot Controller that can be used to control a Romi Robot through a Wi-Fi network using Blynk Bridge.

Chapter 7, Building a Gripper Robot, explains how to build a robot based on the Mini Robot Rover chassis, a parallel Gripper Kit, and a servo motor.

The chapter will also explain how to build a Blynk app to control the gripper through a Wi-Fi network.

Chapter 8, Photo Rover Robot, shows how to build a rover robot that can be used to take pictures with an ArduCAM from remote locations and view them using a web browser.

The robot uses a web socket server that allows you to control the camera using a simple web-based interface. The same interface can be used to view the captured image as well.

What you need for this book

To get the most from this book, you need a basic knowledge of programming with the Arduino IDE and electronics.

Who this book is for

This book is for those who are familiar with robotics and want to build robotics projects using the ESP8266 microcontroller.

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