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A place on YouFactory’s booth at Innorobo 2015

We spent the first three days of this month on the booth provided by YouFactory during Innorobo 2015

Thank you to Pole Pixel for the booth :)

We presented some projects for which we used technics and production tools available at YouFactory:

  • DTPlug’s box, which went through validation stages using 3D printing (hot wire) before mold production.
  • Prototype model for the car system development for MWL‘s huge, 300 square meters, model, built for a permanent show. It has been made using laser cutting.
  • Prototyping and production of the charging stations for the vehicules, also using laser cutting.
  • Prototyping and production of the chassis and front steering assembly using 3D printing, but with resin (Using a FormLabs Form 1+, which produces finer details.

Also thank you to the event organisation team :)
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A new start for the DomoTab project

Hi all,

We have been very busy for about a year and a half on a customer project, and thus unable to spend much time on our own project, but here we are, back and as motivated as ever, as there have been a lot of feedback and interest from all of you about home automation and the Internet of Things (IoT), but with respect to privacy, DiY, and free software

At first, we will spend time on writting the documentations for yet undocumented products (RF module and DTPlug), both as PDF and on the Wiki, and then on adding examples and software support for all of our products.
At the same time, we will go on with the development of the KNX, 1Wire modules, and start a few other modules : CPL (Power Line), BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), and 2.4GHz RF for support of the 6LowPAN protocol. Each module should come as USB, UEXT and standalone as for the RF-Sub1GHz module.

For the most curious of you, the other project we worked on last year was a car system and animation system for Mini World Lyon.
We will create a one-pager to showcase what we did, and try to sell the result either as a whole, or by ourselves, which would need some more time to create end-user oriented versions of the system, as the customer decided to keep a simple licence rather than buy the whole intellectual property.

Technical documentation and product page for the LPC1224-Breakout Board

The Technical documentation for the LPC1224-BreakOut board is now available!

We are working on the documentations for the other products, the next one to get it should be the RF-Sub1GHz module.

The LPC1224-BreakOut board is available in our online store, either with USB-A connector or micro USB one.

Back from SiDO event. Thank You !

Logo SiDO

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 :)

New paper in OpenSilicium 14 : Program your GPIO-Demo module from scratch

Open Silicium

As we promised to you, we managed to close the next paper soon enougth to get it in Open Silicium #14 !
It should be available in your favorite book store in a few days (in France). If not, consider fiding a new favorite book store !

Much more than a guide to GPIO Demo module programming, you’ll find a step-by-step how-to which will guide you to the depth of these small black chips you can find in an ever-growing number of everyday-life items.

Don’t wait for them to crush you, get ready for the trip and understand their deepest internals to master them and get the most efficient code for your projects.

Open Silicium 14

 

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Lower prices, new modules, new licence, and wiki launch

This new year brings good news !

First, we lowered most of the prices on our products. Have a look to our store. This is mainly an adaptation to the market prices, hopping it will help us sell more.

We also put our new RF-Sub1GHz modules (868/915MHz) in the store. These are available in three declinations: UEXT for the DomoTab project, USB for development or use from any device which has USB host ports, which opens many other use cases and makes debugging easier, and last but not least, the standalone version, which can be powered from a simple AAA rechargeable battery (or anything above 0.9V, so some simple small photovoltaïc cells may do, to be tested).

For those interrested in the LPC1224 micro-controller but do not care about the UEXT connector or DomoTab modules format, the new LPC1224-BO development board is now on sale. It’s a simplified version of the GPIO Demo module.

Another piece of news which should make many of you happy: some of our products are now under CC-by-sa licence.
This change affects the GPIO Demo module, the brand new RF-Sub1GHz modules, and the LPC1224-BO development board.

We launched (at least !) our wiki, though there’s not much there yet (appart from the previously published papers for Open Silicium, and mainly in french, but we will add content in the upcoming weeks and translate what is already there.

And last, for those interested in the micro-controller software, sources for our modules have been re-organised so that support of new modules and exemples for existing ones is easier (using git branches for each module, easily sharring common code).

Documentation update for GPIO Demo module

The technical documentation for the GPIO Demo module has been updated for the v4 of the module.

Ths sources (software) have been improved to make examples or applications creation and use much more practical, and use branches from our git repository to support new modules, including the brand new RF Sub1GHz module (868MHz/915MHz) (prototypes have been tested and validated !).

We’ll try to go on with this pace and get the documentations for all the other products done: DTPlug, USB-UART adapter, but also RF Sub1GHz module and LPC1224-Break-Out board.

Open Silicium – paper 4

Open Silicium

The fourth part of the paper series on the making of of the GPIO Demo module for the DomoTab is published in Open Silicium number 13 !

One year has gone since the previous one (sic) but you now have all the keys to get from design to production with professionnal-like quality while keeping costs very low and with very limited tools.

I give you my word, we will not wait that long for the next one, and programming your micro-controller from scratch will become as easy as your daily programming tasks before summer !

Open Silicium 13

 

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lpctools made it into Debian GNU/Linux

Hi all !

It has been quite a long time since the last piece of news, but we’ve been busy with other projects for our custommers.

Anyway, we keep going on, one step at a time, and the LPC1224 micro-controller support is getting better (it’s the micro-controller we use on the GPIO Demo modules and which will be used on all of our module if possible). Another module is ready, but not it’s documentation, so it will not be on sale till this is fixed, but here is the one piece of news we wanted to share with you today:

lpctools is now included in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution !

In order to get things done we finally asked Freexian services.

Next step : resume the redaction of the papers on the Makin-Of of the GPIO Demo module for Open Silicium. The fourth paper is written (under rereading) and I’m working on the number 5, but it’s growing too fast and will certainly be split in two parts.

(Open) Home automation presentation

We made a presentaion around home automation for the “Jeudi du libre” on December 5 in Lyon, with some focus on open home automation.

For those unable to come (and those who came), here is the link to the presentation slides.

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.