02/08/2021 at 19:22 •
This is my 2021 update for project PULSE! A modular IoT gateway that enables super fast customization and deployment!
Lets look at the progress in this update:
- New Design - Towards the end of 2020 we moved to another design that improves the overall product by a lot! We have also been busy trying to make it injection moldable!
- First electronics arrived in December 2020 - January 2021 but we have spend a lot of sleepless nights testing and developing software for them.
- This is the 8th revision (of the new design) that we received. In this video we are showing the typical process that we go through to assemble and test the new revision of plastics. We do a fit test, paint, and assemble the unit. Even though not shown in the video, some individual parts had over 20 revisions!
- We got new rubbers for the sliding block (SLI) faceplate, PCB area and t a round screw cap.
- Injection molding quotes came in in the last few weeks, definitely will blow over our budget so we are working with the factories to reduce the cost and make sure our parts are moldable.
- Embedded software and server software is still a huge work in progress. The good news is that we know how to do it, but we are always out of bandwidth!
- We have a new member in the family, Ivan. Ivan is a mechanical engineer from Singapore University that will be helping us with the factory test jigs and fixtures and also new sensor peripherals
Here is the video for this update! Hope you like it.
- Have Pulse collecting data from nearby wireless sensors (temp, soil) and also from its own SLI
- Use 2G or 4G to upload its data
- Work on the OLED code to build a basic menu
- Finish bootloader to allow for easy programming by the customer
- Advance hardware (Plastics + PCBs)
11/20/2019 at 11:53 •
Process of making antennas for multiple frequencies
11/16/2019 at 16:23 •
Instead of using LEDs for showing the status of Pulse, we are planning to use an OLED screen. The only place we have is on the solar panel but that might be a little risky due to the pressure and temperature of the lamination.
First we need to make a PCB that has a cutout so that the oled can slide in.
Then we need to put all the layers for the lamination. Typically solar panels have PET and EVA layers to accomodate the thickness needed. Different PET or TPT materials have different properties, like UV resistance.
In some cases we need to put tape to support the OLED and not let any molten plastic to leak through.
Once the solar panels are in, we press them for around 30 minutes.
The panels come out as one piece so then we remove the excess EVA and PET.
Finished panel, some cell misalignment.
OLED from the back
OLED running adafruits demo code
And finally with the Pulse.
11/14/2019 at 16:23 •
Measuring current with an OTII and trying different form factors
11/12/2019 at 21:53 •
Tomato greenhouse testing
11/12/2019 at 17:00 •
To connect wired peripherals there are 2 waterproof connectors with the following pinout
- I2C & UART -> These 2 interfaces are used in order to talk to various peripherals. For UART, some connectors will have a built-in adaptor to convert it into SDI-12, RS232 and RS485.
- VOUT - The Vout pin has a configurable 5-24V output for various valves and sensors that need more than 3.3V voltage supply. The max current is 1.5Amps.
- VIN - The Vin pin is for externally charging the device via a bigger solar panel or a 5-24VDC power supply.
- INT - The Int pin is responsible for waking up Pulse and also allowing it to detect when the cable is unplugged (In case the user connects a peripheral A that needs 24V and then connects a peripheral B that needs 12V).
11/12/2019 at 11:27 •
New system for connecting your own sensors and extending Pulse's functionality.
Apart from the 2 waterproof multiports, there is a drawer kind of mechanism. that allows you to slide in different modules in order to "host" your designs, while the rest of the device handles all the communication with le interwebz.
Some examples of a BNC sliding block, an I/O module (with crappy grommets at the moment) and an indoor air quality module.