Hey, great thread.
I've been using the 8266 with the same goal in mind, but running Micropython instead. (Don't know how i didnt see this thread already)
The main reasons I went for micropython and thought others might be inrerrested:
- WebREPL is really handy when tinkering. You can add to your program and call functions on the fly.
- You can connect the 8266 to your AP and have the 8266 act as AP simultaneously. Makes it possible to troubleshoot and send code updates when everything is sealed up.
Keep up the good work. looking forward to seeing how this all develops