miniSWARM - Scalable Wireless Arduino Radio Module

A wireless mesh Arduino board with USB, LiPo battery charger, built in range testing and over-the-air programming... cheap enough to leave in your project!
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Gregor Simeonov
Technology
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
2 Team Members

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Update: miniSWARM to Wifi and Web Demo App

*Sorry for the shakey camera ^_^!

miniSWARM in the news:

The miniSWARM is...

A smart choice: The miniSWARM is a versatile USB stick-sized wireless Arduino development board. It’s as powerful as the Arduino Mega and has the wireless capabilities of an XBee radio, but we’ve made it a fraction of the cost of an Arduino + radio shield - cheap enough to leave in any project.

A wireless powerhouse: We’ve ported Atmel’s LightWeight Mesh library to Arduino, and made it dead simple to form and manage a network. We took the fuss out of communication diagnostics by integrating range testing features transparently into the library. On top of that, we are developing over-the-air programming (also built into the library) that allows the miniSWARM to be programmed wirelessly. You’ll never need to pop it out of your circuit for a software update!

miniSWARM board labeled

For Arduino and more: Out of the box miniSWARM uses the Arduino platform for software development and programming and supports the standard libraries (digital i/o, analog, pwm, serial, I2C etc.). However, we’ve added an (optional) external antenna connector, ICSP and JTAG support for advanced users who want to work with a different IDE or use Atmel’s BitCloud ZigBee Pro API.

A complete package: miniSWARM doesn’t require any additional hardware or shields, not even a USB cable. Just plug the USB edge connector into your PC and upload your sketch. There is a standard LiPo battery connector and charger on-board for providing power to your miniSWARM and application circuit.open source hardware

Open source: We proudly support the open-source hardware and software community. Once the campaign is complete all of the documentation, PCB design files and source code will be made available on our Wiki.

Technical Details

The miniSWARM uses Atmel's ATmega128RFA1 microcontroller which features a built-in 802.15.4 RF transceiver. The complete hardware and software specifications are here, or read the PDF spec sheet by clicking on the image below.

miniswarm spec sheet

Projects to get you started...

These are some of the apps that will come with the miniSWARM Arduino library.

miniswarm sample projects

Want to learn more?

Visit the miniSWARM FAQ to learn more about the platform and what else it can do. Got a question? Post a comment!

We need your support!!!

$20,000 goal

We need your support to raise $20,000 for the first production run of the miniSWARM. Our goal is to make miniSWARM affordable enough to leave in your projects without burning a hole in your wallet. We've cleverly designed the board to be minimalistic (although loaded with features), but we can't bring down the cost to our target of $25 without manufacturing hundreds of them.

The funds will be used for:
  • PCB fabrication of the first batch
  • Electronic component stock
  • PCB assembly labour and testing
  • Firmware programming and functionality testing
  • Quality control
  • Packaging and shipping

$35,000 stretch goal SHIELD ADAPTER

We're not interested in re-inventing the wheel with miniSWARM-only shields. We plan on manufacturing a shield adapter for the miniSWARM so it can be mated with hundreds of standard Arduino shields. If we reach the stretch goal the shield will be available with the release of the miniSWARM in mid-June 2013! In the mean-time, the protoshield can be used.

Distribution

Once the first batch is manufactured and we ship out all the units to our backers, the miniSWARM will be available to distributors for resale.

Shipping

All but one of our perks come with free shipping to the US/Canada. International shipping is $5 for orders under $250, and $10 for oders above $250. Shipping periods are:

CANADA - 5 - 10 days

USA - 1.5 - 2 weeks

INTERNATIONAL - 2 to 4 weeks

If you want to insure and expedite your package, please add $10 on oders of $100 and under, and $15 for orders above $100 if your are in the US or Canada. For international orders please add $30.

miniSWARM + battery + case perk

This perk is the perfect project companion. It comes with a board, a 850mAh LiPo battery and a small enclosure to house the two. Small components will comfortably fit inside (LEDs, switches, sensors). For added fun send us a graphic and we'll print it on the case label.

Development Roadmap

Hardware

  • Functional prototype printed and tested - DONE!
  • Final miniSWAM design for volume manufacturing - DONE!
  • Manufacturer for PCB, assembly - ON STANDBY!
  • Component distributor - AWAITING ORDER
  • Testing jig for miniSWARM - IN PROGRESS
  • Production run order - mid May 2013
  • miniSWARM shield adapter prototype - mid May 2013 if funded
  • Production run testing & QA - early June 2013
  • Orders shipped - mid June 2013

Software

  • Beta testing of standard Arduino libraries - DONE!
  • LightWeight Mesh ported to Arduino - DONE!
  • USB bootloader and virtual serial driver - DONE!
  • Sample projects - DONE!
  • miniSWARM utility Beta - Beta DONE!
  • Range testing integration - DONE!
  • Over-the-air programming - IN PROGRESS
  • Final testing of standard Arduino libraries - mid April 2013
  • Final miniSWARM utility testing on Windows/Mac/Linux - early May 2013

Thank you, thank you!

Thank you for your support! We want to hear from you, so feel free to post in the comments section or e-mail us directly!

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$6,437USD
raised by 89 people in 1 month
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This campaign ended on May 29, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $20USD
    One miniSWARM (early adopter)

    Be quick on the draw and claim a miniSWARM early. You'll get your miniSWARM preloaded with the blink sketch. No extra hardware is required to start writing your first app. Shipping is FREE to US/Canada, please add $5 for international shipping.

    10 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD
    One miniSWARM

    Receive one miniSWARM board preloaded with the blink sketch. No extra hardware is required to start writing your first app, but you should consider getting another one to use the wireless communication. Shipping is FREE to US/Canada, please add $5 for international shipping.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $40USD
    Two miniSWARMs (early adopter)

    Be amongst the first to get two miniSWARM boards. We'll upload the wireless to serial sketch to your boards so they'll be ready to talk right out of the box. No additional hardware is needed! Shipping is FREE to US/Canada, please add $5 for international shipping.

    15 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $45USD
    One miniSWARM + battery + case

    This includes one miniSWARM board, one 850mAh LiPo battery and a small enclosure to house the assembly. This option has everything you need to make your miniSWARM wireless and protected from the environment. Send us a graphic for your project and we'll print it on the enclosure label, otherwise it will be shipped with the miniSWARM logo. Shipping is FREE to US/Canada, please add $5 for international shipping.

    5 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD
    Basic Starter: Two miniSWARMs

    It takes two to tango... and to form a network. You will receive two miniSWARM boards preloaded with the wireless to USB sketch. This is the basic set needed to start building your mesh network and to use the wireless programming feature. You can always drop in more boards and expand in the future. If your project has a website we'll give you a shout-out and post a link at inDevice.ca! Shipping is FREE to US/Canada, please add $5 for international shipping.

    26 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $125USD
    Small Project: Five miniSWARMs

    Receive five miniSWARMs for your small wireless project. With five boards you can start exploring the powerful mesh and multi-hop features of the LightWeight Mesh stack. If your project has a website we'll give you a shout-out and post a link at inDevice.ca! Shipping is FREE to US/Canada, please add $5 for international shipping.

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $250USD
    SWARM King: Ten miniSWARMs

    Now you're talking. Receive ten miniSWARMs ready to deploy in your project. Program these puppies without a hassle using the over-the-air programming feature. Control a swarm of robots, automate your office... it's your call now that you're a SWARM king (or queen). If your project has a website we'll give you a shout-out and post a link at inDevice.ca! Shipping is FREE to US/Canada, please add $10 for international shipping.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $2,200USD
    Reseller Discount: 100 boards

    For resellers and distributors, receive 100 miniSWARM boards at a wholesale rate. All units are tested and come with a preloaded sketch. This is a great opportunity to be one of the first distributors for an exciting new product. We will be selling exclusively through distributors after the campaign closes so we cannot undersell any partners. The MSRP of the miniSWARM is $25 - $32. Please add $30 for shipping.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
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