NodeMCU is an open-source Lua based firmware and development board specially targeted for IoT based Applications. It includes firmware that runs on the ESP8266 Wi-Fi SoC from Espressif Systems, and hardware which is based on the ESP-12 module.
The Blue Pill is a development board based on STMicroelectronics’ STM32F103C9T6 microcontroller that has an ARM Cortex-M3 core that runs at 72MHz max. Software libraries are available that allow users to program the chip using the Arduino IDE.
Developing cloud-connected applications require a significant amount of time and resources for embedded designers because of the required expertise in communications protocols, security, and hardware compatibility.