06/18/2014 at 19:55 •
We are in the midst of ordering our boards.
Keep in mind that we are going to be pricing Aurbee based on the volume of orders. So the pricing on Kickstarter, is for Kickstarter only. So now would be the time to take advantage of them!
60$ CAD = 2 Aurbee devices 1 USB programing shield 2 Expansion boards (to fit UNO Shields)
115$ CAD = 3 Aurbee devices 1 USB programing interface 2 expansion boards 1 BLE connector shield (Used as a bridge between Aurbee network and BLE for iphone/android connection)
170$ CAD = 3 Aurbee devices 1 USB programing interface 2 expansion boards 1 BLE connector shield (Used as a bridge between Aurbee network and BLE for iphone/android connection) 1 Over the air programing shield
LIMITED TIME OFFER (9 left): 200$ CAD = 4 Aurbee devices, 4 expansion boards, 2 BLE connector shields (Used as a bridge between Aurbee network and BLE for iphone/android connection) and 1 over the air programming shield!
Here is the link to Kickstarter : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1973729481/aurbee
Especially since we updated with our Limited time offer. ( only half left )
We are in the process of making renders of our add-on shields as well so stay tuned!
06/16/2014 at 15:19 •
Another update to our FAQs, special thanks to Helder for the questions :)
Question : if i and my neighbor have a couple of aurbee (which would be great) how can we distinguish and control them?
Answer Out of the box, when you get an Aurbee, you need to connect it to the USB shield, connect it to a computer, give a name and join it to your existing network (you also have the option to create a new network). 2 Aurbees belonging to different networks, won’t discover/communicate to each other even if they are in physical proximity. By default, all data transmission is done in clear, so anyone can listen in and manipulate data using a custom Zigbee Radio. In fact we will publish/Document the Aurbee protocol and make it really easy for anyone to make their custom devices that can join the Aurbee Network and have full access to all Aurbee functions. For security conscious applications, the Aurbee network has the capacity to transmit all data using AES encryption (pre shared key). It can be configured to use 128, 192 or 256 bit AES. If an Aurbee network is configured to used encryption than all Aurbees in that network must use encryption and the AES key is stored on all of them .
what do you mean of 20 or 40 hours of project consultancy ?
Answer :Yes we have in-house PCB assembly plant and can do OEM boards for you. The consultancy hours is our offer to create the groundwork for a “technology partnership”. Say you want to design a “intelligent hotel” solution that uses Aurbee, for door locks, lobby lighting/heating, room ambiance etc. We offer you the consultancy hours to evaluate/proof your system design. If you need some custom “firmware code” we will be happy to work with you. If you need some help designing an OEM board we will be there to support you.
And big Happy Fathers day to all the Dads out there!
06/12/2014 at 16:29 •
LIMITED TIME OFFER! The next 20 backers will receive : 4 Aurbee devices, 4 expansion boards, 2 BLE connector shields (Used as a bridge between Aurbee network and BLE for iphone/android connection) and 1 over the air programming shield
ALL for only 200$ CAD!
06/12/2014 at 15:16 •
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1973729481/aurbee Well, we are almost halfway through our kickstarter!
We have been working tirelessly on providing you with more updates.
Here is what we have been up to : The RF boards have been shipped to us, the parts and stencil are ready at our warehouse in Brossard at Ultratronics so we can deliver our first 5 boards.
We are in the process of finishing a 3D rendering of Aurbee and will update you in the next few days when it is up.
I have been personally working day in day out on getting some media attention, if you have any suggestions on who to contact feel free to help me out!
Thank you for your support!
06/11/2014 at 20:06 •
1. We have a working prototype:
a) With the Microcontroller circuit, Zigbee Radio, USB programing board Mounted on separate PCBs, connected with hookup wire.
b) a “beta” self-routing Zigbee stack.
c) Basic Arduino I/O functions ported.
d) Stable Low-level Aurbee (Raw data transfer) library.
e) Integration with Arduino IDE for windows (as extension pack for the stock IDE).
2. We have the Board layout (Gerber Files) for Aurbee Core (25mm X25mm), USB Programing Shield, UNO Adapter and OTA (Over the air) programing shield.
3. We are in the process of scrutinizing the layout for defects and electrical characteristics before we do the (rather expensive) PCB printing run.
4. We have signed a definitive contract with the Zigbee chip manufacturers to use their brand new chip.
5. We are deciding which other expansion boards to build (Nano, pro). Your input is highly appreciated!