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Table of Contents
1. Possible Uses 2. Why we developed Zip The Fish Pi (board) 3. Zip The Fish Pi under the hood 4. Zip The Fish Pi board specs 5. Bonus
1. Possible Uses
With a full Zip The Fish Pi installation you are able to completely automate any building from a small flat up to a large hotel with many floors.
Let your door open itself automatically when you come home
The heaters can always heat up to the exact temperatures you want at any specific time
Automatically feed and water your animals even if you aren't at home by using different devices working together.
Water your plants perfectly or open/close the blinds depending on the weather, sun intensity, moon cycles and other things.
And do much more without even being at home or having to do something. There are so many possibilities as to what you can do with Zip The Fish Pi based home automation system. It would take a whole encyclopedia to describe them all.
2. Why we developed Zip The Fish Pi (board)
From the very beginning our goal was to create a 100% reliable home automation system. We needed a good basis, especially when it came to the hardware. For a long time we used the HomeMatic CCU2 as a base station but, we got to a point when the technical features of the CCU2 were no longer enough. This was the point when we started to work with Raspberry Pi. During this process we recognised a few issues with this minicomputer which had to be overcome to achieve a 100% reliable base for our automation system. Unfortunately, there weren't any products on the market to fit our needs.
Of course the board can be used for any other project which needs a great UPS and more. It can be used for anything!
3. Zip The Fish Pi 'under the hood'
Our base station consist of three main parts:
A Raspberry Pi 3
Our Zip The Fish Pi board (one of the best uninterruptible power supplies on the market)
A HomeMatic Wireless Module
Raspberry Pi 3
You all know about the Raspberry Pi. It is one of the smallest and most versatile computers around which is why we chose it as a base on which to run our facility automation system Zip The Fish. To learn more about the Raspberry Pi visit:www.raspberrypi.org
Zip The Fish Pi Board
Zip The Fish Pi board is part of Zip The Fish Pi. The board was solely designed, developed and built in house by our own technicians. It contains numerous main features and a few additional features which are all described in the specifications.
HomeMatic Wireless Module*
The HomeMatic Wireless Module allows you to control all modules and devices that are currently part of the HomeMatic product line. When you install the Open Source Software Suite Open CCU your Pi has the same capabilities as a HomeMatic CCU. For more information about the HomeMatic Open Source Software Suite Open CCU visit this website
*The basestation also works with the wireless modules for Zigbee, EnOcean and other home automation communication providers.
You can use the other modules in addition to or instead of the HomeMatic wireless module (this is recommended for the people living in North or South America). As Zip The Fish is based on the system of HomeMatic it doesn't work with the devices based on Zigbee, EnOcean or othe providers.
4. Zip The Fish Pi Board - specifications
More power for PI – Three different power supplies up to 3A each.
Micro USB power supply input
Uninterruptible power supply: Seamless switching between three power sources. There is the possibility to connect small or large batteries – a special chip takes care of battery health, including charge and protection.
Additional 12-16.0V DC power supply input: With this you are able to supply your Raspberry Pi with different sources of energy – for example a car battery – and you are also able to build a device with functionalities that need voltage levels that high.
5V switchable output: With this output you are able to control by software various peripheral devices, including relays. It can supply all the current PI can share with the added devices.
Extra space for HomeMatic wireless module: To ensure that the wireless module does not occupy any pins that could be used for an additional board we’ve prepared an extra space especially for the module.
Input for optional battery temperature sensor: Control of battery temperature is important for long, reliable and safe operation, especially during charge . A dedicated chip is embedded for this purpose. It controls the charging current in order to keep the battery temperature in a predefined safe range.
Full UPS status monitoring: Besides the battery temperature you can also monitor if the battery or the external power supply is used and if the battery is charging, recharging, fully charged or already low. If battery low is indicated, you have the important chance to save your files in time and shutdown your PI using our provided software(SD-Card-protection).
Holder for cylindrical lithium-ion batteries: We also offer our board optionally with a fully connected holder for a 18500 lithium-ion batteries.
Compatibility: The board is compatible with the with Raspberry Pi 3 and Pi 2 Model B
Plug & Play: You don’t have to program anything. Just place a Zip The Fish Pi board on the Raspberry Pi and it will behave as is expected from the very beginning.
Additional boards can be mounted: With our board you have the option to stack additional Raspberry Pi add-on boards on top.
Real Time Clock: You can also use the actual time for your projects as the board has a built in real time clock with a battery backup.
You want to read the fully detailed specs of the board? Click here
We have a special offer for the first 100 backers who support us with € 100,- or more (just for packages with the HomeMatic wireless Module); You will receive exclusive trial access to our Zip The Fish automation system free of charge for 6 months.
In addition all of you will be amongst the first to receive news and information regarding Zip The Fish Pi board.
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Risks and challenges
Possible Challenge No. 1:
Orders to produce technical products like the Zip The Fish Pi Board often experience delays before they are produced, sometimes the suppliers do not have all the materials needed for production and they have to wait for their suppliers. Therefore it could unfortunately take slightly longer than mentioned in the rewards.
To avoid unnecessary delays, we will not waste any time. Once we receive the money from Kickstarter we will order everything as fast as possible. We will do our best to see that you get your rewards at the right time.
Possible Challenge No. 2:
The delivery company is on strike.
There are many other companies who will do the job ;)
Possible Challenge No. 3:
We don't reach our goal here at Kickstarter.
You are interested in the Zip The Fish system to automate your home? Don't worry. This project is just to fund a large production run of the Boards immediately. Our base stations will still be very reliable and the boards will just be produced in a larger quantity later. In general there are very few threats to this project because everything is already completely developed and ready to go.
Interested in receiving Zip The Fish (Pi) easyer and cheaper?
We are working hard to figure out the best way to handle the logistics to get Zip The Fish to you.
Pledge this amount so we can update you when there are delivery reductions and direct local support in your area/country.
You will also get the latest (important) internal information about new developements about Zip The Fish and our board(s).
The package includes a complete Zip The Fish Pi including: our Board with battery mount, a full Raspberry pi set (Pi 3B+memory card+power supply+Case), a lithium Battery and the software daemon. Of course this package also comes with a funny Zip The Fish sticker.
*Also available for packers in North and South America
The package includes a complete Zip The Fish Pi including: our Board with battery mount, a full Raspberry pi set (Pi 3B+memory card+power supply+Case), a lithium Battery, the HomeMatic wireless module and the software daemon. Of course this package also comes with a funny Zip The Fish sticker.
The package contains 10 complete Zip The Fish Pi Packages each one including: our Board with battery mount, a full Raspberry pi set (Pi 3B+memory card+power supply+Case), the HomeMatic wireless module and the software daemon. Because of restrictions regarding delivery there are no lithium batteries included in this Package. This Package comes with stickers, a Thank-You-letter from the CEO and a one year fee-free use of Zip The Fish.