2016
21
Jan

Techno-Innov’s Car-System

The presentation pages for our Car-System are now online.

This Car-System has been developed during the last two years for Mini World Lyon model exhibition project.


presentation_car_system

There are many improvements yet to develop, but development is frozen until the opening in June 2016.

To get to the presentation page, follow this link !

Le 21 Jan 2016 par .
2015
26
Oct

Dev update on October 26, 2015

We promised a quick update on the current developments, here it is:

More than the first prototype assembly, here are the (mitigated) results of the first tests :

The photos are available in this directory or below.

The strange red coating is an isolating warnish, which I thought I ordered the transparent version … obviously it’s not.
Anyway, this highlights ths result of the first connexion to mains : a bright flash !
Of course, you only get the calcinated result …

The next four pictures show the first CPL communication tests (Power line communication) which let us validate the USB version of this new communication module, and the remaining part of the PSMC (Power Supply Monitor & Control) adapter board (the one which did not burn).

And the ones are mechanical tests for the CPL module in DTPlug format (UEXT connector).

PCBs for version 2 (v0.2) or under production …

by the way, we tested and validated the isolated DMX module and the Thermocouple adapter board.

The isolated RS485 module will follow, as the DMX protocol uses an RS485 Bus, we only have to change the connector.

Mind that this is one of the few isolated RS485/DMX modules available, at a price sometimes lower than non isolated modules …
Needs a box though … it’s on our todo list :)

Le 26 Oct 2015 par .
2015
7
Oct

Dev news, October 2015 update

Hello World !

A small post to give you some information, but also to publish an idea, in order to protect it in the easiest possible way (So please, tweet, share, and forward this !).

We are working on a new module for the DomoTab system, which is not a communication module, but a control module. This new module is able to control a load (one or more devices) and at the same time measure the current used by this load.

This control module requires a communication module to operate, and thus uses the connector we defined for our communication modules.

The solution we selected to drive the load allows for both usual AC loads and also DC loads. It is also possible to modulate the power for the loads which may be controlled in this way (water heater for example).

When used with specific sensors, (temperature, humidity, …) you will be able to match power usage with local power production (solar, wind, …) or specific time frames (for noise reduction or electricity costs), while observing one or more thresholds for each operating equipment (maximum temperature for a fridge, minimum temperature for a water heater or a room, room humidity, ….).

This system will also allow you to plan or shift the power usage of some appliances across the day or (even days) depending on planned local power production or electricity costs, either using local data (luminosity or wind sensors, manual or automated programs, …), historical power production data, or external data (weather forecast, planned electricity costs, …), or even all of these data.

We will provide more information as soon as the first prototypes have been produced, which is expected soon :)

Le 7 Oct 2015 par .
2015
21
Jul

Epaper support test video

Second video for this busy day, shorter, which presents the support of e-paper screens from Pervasive display via Embedded Artists adapter board for our GPIO Demo module or our LPC1224-BreakOut board.

Both images or in the micro-controller flash memory, and the text is displayed when it is received on the serial line (USB-to-UART). Pressing the user button switches the images and then restores the display of the text.

Text display is made using partial screen refresh.

One more step toward our multifunction “smart” control :)

Le 21 Jul 2015 par .
2015
21
Jul

Video about MWL project during Innorobo

Hello Everybody !

Here is the link to the Video made by Sébastien Meunier (in French) during Innorobo 2015 for France télévision (Méta Média).
The video presents some parts of the 1/87th scale Car-System we made for the Mini World Lyon project.
It focuses on our prototyping platform made using common prototyping technics as found at YouFactory or in many other FabLabs.

Le 21 Jul 2015 par .
2015
8
Jul

Technical Documentation for the RF-Sub1GHz module, USB version

As we said, the effects of the new start of the DomoTab project are here, with the technical page for the RF Sub-1GHz module being online and the User manual for the USB version of the RF Sub-1GHz module also ready for download..

UEXT and Standalone versions of the module or very similar to the USB version, so the documentation for these versions should be ready soon.

Le 8 Jul 2015 par .