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By Dan Kurin
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Hardware Prototypes!

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Hey everyone!

First, let me thank you all for backing this project. It definitely would not happen without your help.

I am really excited to show off the hardware prototypes that arrived late last week. This is the same design which you can access at Upverter. I ordered the PCBs from OSH Park, which is a service that lets you buy PCBs in a small quantities without having to purchase an entire panel, pretty neat, huh?

Bare PCBs
Bare PCBs

 I had already ordered enough parts from DigiKey to build a couple of boards, so I set off to Kettering University to assemble a few units in their SMT lab. They have a solder paste dispenser and a reflow oven there which make it a lot easier to build something this tiny. A couple of hours later, and I had 3 PCBs. Here's one of them next to a dime, for scale:

Assembled prototype
Assembled prototype

 Next, do they actually work? I soldered headers into the board to power and program the chip:

Boards with pin headers
Boards with pin headers
Prototype with programmer attached
Prototype with programmer attached

 The result? I can program the chips and debug directly on the board, which is handy for writing/troubleshooting software. I wanted to show you guys a quick video of the boards in action. They are transmitting and receiving data to and from each other wirelessly!

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 Pretty awesome!

One last thing, I really need all of your help in order to make this campaign a success! Please share this with your friends and networks in order to get the word out to as many people as possible.

Thanks again!

Dan Kurin

P.S. Kettering University, my Alma Mater, interviewed me and posted a story on their website! Here's the link, if anyone is interested: http://www.kettering.edu/news/kettering-university-graduate-launches-kickstarter-campaign-aimed-bringing-technology-business

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    1. Dan Kurin Creator on November 17, 2014

      Hi Steven, Beacon mode basically means that one of the devices is acting as a coordinator and sending a periodic message and the other device receives these and replies to them with the status of the switch. There's a little more information in the demo repository I just set up here: https://github.com/dantheman2865/swift01-demo

      The other repo is pretty empty as I don't really have any code I'm ready to upload yet.

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      Steven M
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      on November 17, 2014

      Awesome update!
      Can you explain a little more what beacon mode means?
      Is the source you used online somewhere? Have you setup a repo?
      Thanks!