Firstly, sorry about the off topic post but I know there are some wonderfly helpful guys on here with experience on this stuff.
I am looking to get into the whole Wemos ESP Pi-zero area of building "things".
I have some old skool electronics experience (I can throw a 555 timer with resistors & transistors together on a vero board) but I am overwhelmed with all the stuff available these days.
- I have solder / soldering iron, hand tools etc
- Assume I dont have breadboards or any other electronic components
- I can program C++ / C# / Python (if I have to) but prefer to stay in JS/Node if possible
What I am thinking of making...
Firstly, I just want to get a foot in - I have no idea where this will take me (automated marine fish tank monitoring and control perhaps?) - however I have few idea projects in mind - mostly as "something to try" to get me started.
- A kinda MQTT doorbell (wifi or BT) preferably battery powered - this will eventually send (via a node-red instance with broker) messages to telegram & output sounds to Smart Speaker
- An RFID/NFC reader writer (with MQTT + wifi) for integration with other systems
- An IR transmitter for controlling TVs etc (eventually linked to Smart Speaker or other integration via node-red)
- Monitoring station (temperature, humidity, other environmental sensors)
- Something with an LCD and PB inputs - perhaps a snake game or something to get me working with I/O
NOTE: I am open to the idea of using PI-zero if more applicable?
What I'm looking for...
- Something like a kit or kits or shopping list - preferably with short lead times (Amazon next day delivery type of thing)
- Hopefully it would include all components (plus spares) I'd need e.g.
- resistors, breadboard, link wires, stand offs, LEDs, PBs, LCD etc
So I know its a big ask but I do hope some of you more experienced in this area have some info to hand & can spare 5 minutes to put me on the right track.
Obviously I have searched the net and looked on bangood/ali etc BUT I am unsure what is current TECH, what to avoid, what works with what etc - just need a head start.
Many thanks, Steve.