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!
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: 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.
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.
Projects to get you started...
These are some of the apps that will come with the miniSWARM Arduino library.
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!!!
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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!
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