I hope to have a REALLY cool update late today, or early tomorrow, but for now, here's the current state of the PCR machine.
The $5 Polymerase Chain Reactor is finished, using perfboard and a combination of through-hole and surface mount parts. I've used V-USB for temperature logging, and it works great!
I have a cool demo planned for this machine very soon...
The full-featured machine prototype machine is also almost finished. I wrote a ton of arduino code into the small hours of the night, and now I have a nice API to control the device via bluetooth.
You can access via Bluetooth:
- Current temperatures of the heating blocks
- Current PID parameters
- Turn on/off temperature-streaming for real-time plotting
- Alter the target temperatures of the heating elements
- Alter PID parameters
- Shut down the heating elements
I really wanted to have a GUI prepared by now, but TBH, a month is a very short space of time to design and construct an entire new product, AND do all the coding necessary for a nice user interface. But with the hardware finished, and a bit of luck with making it to the top 5, I can focus on that next month.
It's a real rat's nest on the back of the board though!
I hope I make the next round, so I can get some PCBs made up. I think building a 3D structure directly from the PCB will make construction much easier as well.