The Internet of things(IOT) is quickly becoming an integral part of our culture. It is the concept that all our devices are connected to the cloud/network, speaking a common language and share data seamlessly. At the core of the IOT structure is the System On A Chip technology which allows an operating system to be stored in the memory of an Integrated circuit. One such device is the ESP8266.
ESP-01 module by Ai-Thinker
|CPU||@ 80 MHz (default) or 160 MHz|
|Memory||32 KiB instruction, 80 KiB user data|
|Input||16 GPIO pins|
The chip first came to the attention of western makers in August 2014 with the ESP-01 module, made by a third-party manufacturer, Ai-Thinker. This small module allows microcontrollers to connect to a Wi-Fi network and make simple TCP/IP connections using Hayes-style commands. However, at the time there was almost no English-language documentation on the chip and the commands it accepted. The very low price and the fact that there were very few external components on the module which suggested that it could eventually be very inexpensive in volume, attracted many hackers to explore the module, chip, and the software on it, as well as to translate the Chinese documentation.