Of course we’ve all seen this form factor before – ESP8266 on a board with power and antenna, FLASH etc.. The ESP-12 is only one of many and now we have a new one…
The biggy here is that the IOT Cricket, I have it on good authority from Sylwester Bala from thingsonedge.com, is designed to run on AAA and AA batteries – and has a deep sleep mode consuming as little as 0.5 microAmp. You can probably imagine how long the battery lasts under those conditions.
The module comes with pre-installed software and can be OTA’d from a smartphone or APP.
That’s the claim – and now I have my hands on three of these devices to see what this is all about.
ThingsOnEdge approached me – nothing new there but maybe this is something out of the ordinary or maybe it is just because the company is based in the UK – I don’t know yet but I’m going to have a look. I have no axe to grind other than having these three samples – so I suggest giving this a second glance.
The product is still in the validation stage ( so that’s NEW, then), the company has been around sinced 2018 and they are a “small start-up”.
In a nutshell, they are going to provide 2 options: 1) Local 2) Cloud
Local: You won’t need Cloud at all to configure Crickets, the configuration will be done entirely locally on the Cricket module from the local network – this demand is mainly driven by hobbyists and DIYers
Cloud: As it is today there will be Cloud to configure Crickets remotely – this demand is mainly driven by companies and IOT solution providers
All sounds good to me. I’m pushed for time today but I’ll very soon give their modules a run to see what they do and how they perform. Supposedly we’re looking at 15000 events on 2 AAA batteries… MQTT and REST API support, status LED, RTC, temperature sensor, 3v3 out, ESP8266 running at 160Mhz… digital and analog input.. in fact, here’s a copy of their data sheet – if this pans out, I want MORE. MQTT back to Node-Red will float my boat.
AND NOW – after a short break, fighting delivery and mobile phone companies – I’ve had a play. I’m running one of these boards on a single battery and simply checking temperature. I’ve made some suggestions for the future – more on that later – taking the weekend off.