26 challengers participated to the soldering contest which took place during the Lyon Mini Maker Faire 2016.
They used 8 to 50 minutes to get a Starter Kit up and running from the PCB and parts !
The winner did it in 8 minutes and 16 seconds (35 seconds quicker than me!!!) ! Spectacular ! He won an USB-to-UART Adapter with which he will be able to easily program the micro-controller on the StarterKit, and communicate with his next Maker projects :)
We didn’t have time to take photos, but you can tweet yours @TechnoInnov (#MFLyon) :)
For those interrested in programming the micro-contrôleur, you can reffer to the paper from Cyprien Laplace published in Open Silicium n°17 : “Utilisation du SDK Mbed sur un tout petit micro-contrôleur LPC810″ (pages 60 to 63, in french). This will get you on tracks and you’ll be able to re-use your Starter Kit in your next Maker project !
Thanks for your participation, and well done to those who gave it a try :)
We spent two days on the “FabLab” stall during the SiDO event. These have been full of meetings with very interresting people, and I thank you all for your interest in our projects, both DomoTab and Mini World Lyon. This gives us the energy to keep on going :)
For those who asked, here is a small video of the model I use for the development of the vehicule control system for Mini World Lyon. Others may have shot better quality video, feel free to share the links :)
Thank you to all the participants for their listening and their questions (we spoke till 22h30), and thank you to the MPT for hosting !
For those living in lyon (or nearby), we will make a grouped order of BeagleBone Black boards. If you are interrested, get in touch as soon as possible :)
Delivery only in Lyon (FabLab, MPT), Villeurbanne (Campus de la Doua) and Meyzieu.
This WeekEnd we will conduct soldering workshops and contests: Saterday in Lyon during the “Expériences Numériques” and Sunday in Tain l’Hermitage (26) during the “Alchimie X” event.
In both cases the quickest participant to complete the assembly of a working Starter Kit (simple version) will get a reward by the end of the day. Participation the the contest will require the purchase of the Starter Kit.
Supervised soldering workshops will require an extra two euros.
We will also run CMS soldering workshops (using the GPIO Demo module Kit (to be purshased) during these two days, without extra cost, and we will provide the solder paste.
We spent the last two weeks on the design of a soldering introduction kit that would be more attractive than a simple led blinking assembly, and mainly trying to solve all the problems arising when one tries to create a new product with a very close deadline (3 weeks !), a very short budget (nothing for the design, and very limited “per kit” budget): components availability problems, last minute changes, production delays, …
Anyway, we created a soldering introduction kit that will then become an ARM Cortex-M0 micro-controller development kit fot the DIP8 package version of the LPC810 (the big one, easy to solder, which you can use on breadboards). But NWP changed the chip status from preview to production … with a production hole of one and a half month. Of course the remaining stocks were bougth before we learnt about this problem, and we had to find an alternative. In order to keep the main idea behind this, we chose to use the bigger brother of the LPC810 : the LPC812. Same silicium in a smaller package with more pins … in a surface mount package … which had us creating an adapter board.
in short, PCB are in production, we ordered the components, and all should be delivered in time for the forum.
And for those who won’t be there, no worry, we had to order much more than planned for the forum to be able to get within the budget, so this kit is available on our store at a very low price for such a product: 6€ TTC (without shipping).
Of course, this is for the Open World Forum, so it’s Open Hardware !