Did they ever make a replacement for the things shield?

Hi Guys

Been away from the community for a few years after I dropped the beginning of a project to replace the smartthings shield.see link.

What is the latest on this whole conundrum so I get can get back up to speed?

SmartThings dropped it but a community member @drandyhaas recently designed and created a replacement:

@ogiewon also updated his STAnything library to use the very cheap ESP8266 wifi boards too.