Saturday, 16 July 2016
Using ESP8266, NodeMCU and MQTT to create a wirelessly connected 'installation' - paused
My friend Mik, who is the driving force behind the game, became very ill and while we could have finished off the work and played it didn't seem right.
Nonetheless I've now got ten Wifi connected RFID readers that talk MQTT and emulate the sort of thing you see on security doors. Blinkenlight, buzzers etc.
They're a bit chunky but then they're hand built from hobbyist modules and have a 3xAA batteries in to drive them. So chunk was kind of unavoidable.
We were throwing away two prehistoric Compaq TC1100 Wintel slate PCs from work and I managed to grab them. With Ubuntu Mate installed they work just great, even the horrible stylus is functional. What's great about them is it stops me building a 'high tech terminal' prop as they look like one without really looking exactly like a conventional laptop.
The whole thing isn't 100% finished, I'd been burning the midnight oil a bit and when it got postponed I stopped. Once we've got a new date for the game I'll get back on the horse.
In the meantime though I presented at the London Arduino Meetup about some of my previous work.
There's a video of my full presentation here, but DON'T WATCH THIS IF YOU PLAN TO PLAY THE NEXT WAYWARD SONS GAME AS THERE ARE MASSIVE SPOILERS IN THE Q&A.
Presentation Spoiler: I say 'um' too much.
There are also some nice photos on the organiser's flickr feed.
Now I'm freed up to work on other things, we've got the season of Lasertag LARP ahead and I seem to have managed to break/kill several of my 'tag weapons. I think I'll be fixing these this weekend.