A new ESP8266 board has emerged recently, dubbed ESP Witty, which currently sells for $2.60 on AliExpress:
The board is produced by a chinese company called GizWits, their website which requires registration has some content in english, but documentation remains scarce.
The novelty of this board vs other ESP8266 boards, is that it is made of two stacked boards:
- a simple lower board holding a CH340G USB/TTL converter, two Flash&Reset push buttons, two transistors and a micro-USB socket:
- an upper board holding on the top side an ESP12-F, a RGB LED in 5050 SMD package, a photo resistor, and on the underside, a LM1117 3.3V regulator, another micro-USB socket and one push button:
The board can be powered from either USB sockets, only the underboard one providing USB/COM bridge of course.
The main upper board can operate stand-alone without the lower board, and exposes the useful ESP8266 pins in two breadboardable 1/10″ 8-pin headers.
Built-in I/O wiring:
As found out by sej7278 in this post, the wiring is as follows:
- Push Button on GPIO04
- Red LED on GPIO15
- Green LED on GPIO12
- Blue LED on GPIO13
- Photo Resistor on ADC/TOUT/A0 pin
Firmware setup and Control UI:
The board boots with its UART set at 115200 bps, and spits out a ESP SmartConfig sequence, similar as:
mode : sta(5c:cf:7f:11:97:80) + softAP(5e:cf:7f:11:97:80) add if0 add if1 dhcp server start:(ip:192.168.4.1,mask:255.255.255.0,gw:192.16)bcn 100 SDK version:bcn 0 del if1 mode : sta(5c:cf:7f:11:97:80) SC version: V2.5.0 f 0, scandone f 0, scandone SC_STATUS_FIND_CHANNEL
If the button is pressed, a message button_press_3s! is output too.
The ESP8266 does not put a new SSID up, although I’ve briefly seen a WOWSTAR_something SSID poping up and then going away.
Instead, it uses the TI CC3000 SmartConfig protocol (or hack) which involves sending SSID and PW encoded in UDP packets length, and does not require the chip to be authentified yet on the WPA2 Access Point, but has the side effect of letting anyone listening to SmartConfig traffic know your SSID and its password…
Anyhow, GizWits provides an Android (or iPhone) app that allows to setup the ESP Witty onto your Access Point using SmartConfig, and bidirectional connectivity to the GizWits cloud once setup:
Get the app from http://site.gizwits.com/en/developer/resource/demo_app?protoc=WIFI
Launch it on your tablet or phone, then select Add Device from the menu, this takes you to the AirLink Configuration page. The ESP boots in config mode so just press Next.
The next page should show the current AP’s SSID and ask for the password:
Select Wifi Module Type ESP, enter the password and click Configure. If you have a COM terminal connected to your ESP, you will see the connection sequence:
SC_STATUS_FIND_CHANNEL TYPE: ESPTOUCH T|PHONE MAC: bc 72 b1 xx yy zz T|AP MAC : 76 ae b1 xx yy zz SC_STATUS_GETTING_SSID_PSWD T|pswd: SOMEPASSWORD T|ssid: SOMESSID SC_STATUS_LINK f 0, scandone state: 0 -> 2 (b0) state: 2 -> 3 (0) state: 3 -> 5 (10) add 0 aid 3 pm open phy_2,type:2 0 0 cnt
connected with SOMESSID, channel 1 dhcp client start... ip:192.168.0.25,mask:255.255.255.0,gw:192.168.0.254 SC_STATUS_LINK_OVER Phone ip: 192.168.0.12 MQTT_InitConnection MQTT_InitClient TCP: Connect to ip 188.8.131.52:1883 MQTT: Connected to broker 184.108.40.206:1883 MQTT: Sending, type: 1, id: 0000 TCP: Sent TCP: data received 4 bytes
You will then have the ability to register the device, and will be directed to a control panel in Chinese with cursors that control the Witty’s IOs, the first one controls the RGB LED brightness, and the 3 others the R,G,B channels:
Sliding the bottom cursors will change the RGB light’s color and brightness: