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T&H probe - For Arduino & Raspberry Pi; DIY platforms etc and Arduino Probe shield. "Makers"'s Climate Control project, quicker & style
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Internet of Things (IoT) is about sensing our surrounding environment and making intelligent control actions. 

Temperature and Humidity (T&H) remain top on the list for DIY Maker projects' sensing needs, we see many T&H sensor comes in handy in forms of breakout boards or as a standalone component, we see these breakout boards are good for starting, but missing the seriousness for product and solution construction. 

With our rich background in IoT electronics and sensor IC understanding, we decided to develop a Probe Shield that would enable DIY Makers to develop serious and practical solutions for their own projects and as part of end products. 

Our company's MOTTO is "Collaborate to build livable cities", it is IoT sense and intelligent control that would enable us all to achieve this goal. We want to see species of creatures on our planet exist in harmony, so we design our products with them in mind as well, in this case we embedded "Emperor Penguin" in our design, which you'll see below. 

Comparison of our Temperature & Humidity Probe with common T&H sensor, check for yourself, this Early Bird offer may never be seen again
Comparison of our Temperature & Humidity Probe with common T&H sensor, check for yourself, this Early Bird offer may never be seen again
Emperor Penguin Arduino Probe Shield, with 4 High Precision IC Sensor Temperature and Humidity probes
Emperor Penguin Arduino Probe Shield, with 4 High Precision IC Sensor Temperature and Humidity probes

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Crowdfunding  Center
Crowdfunding Center
Kickspy
Kickspy
SEEED STUDIO
SEEED STUDIO
Hackerspace Phnom Penh
Hackerspace Phnom Penh
Temperature and Humidity sensing are very common for DIY Maker projects.
Temperature and Humidity sensing are very common for DIY Maker projects.
Arduino Probe Shield, OLED Display, 3 User Input Keys, 4 Connecting sockets for T&H Probes
Arduino Probe Shield, OLED Display, 3 User Input Keys, 4 Connecting sockets for T&H Probes
1 T&H Probe in action, Auto Detect for Probe presence
1 T&H Probe in action, Auto Detect for Probe presence
4 Temperature and Humidity Probe in action simultaneously
4 Temperature and Humidity Probe in action simultaneously

What issues we see with other sensor boards ?

Breakout boards of sensors are solving only part of DIY makers' need, they require additional hook up to DIY platforms such as Arduino or Raspberry. 

- DIY makers need to wire additional jumper wires, figuring out the wiring jungle isn't always everyone's cup of tea. 

Other temperature & humidity sensors are in "Break-out" boards or in component form, requiring jumper (or jungle ?) wiring !!
Other temperature & humidity sensors are in "Break-out" boards or in component form, requiring jumper (or jungle ?) wiring !!
Wire get in the way easily
Wire get in the way easily
Like many Break-out boards, sensor boards are nice, but still need soldering and wiring
Like many Break-out boards, sensor boards are nice, but still need soldering and wiring

How Makers usually do their T&H measurements ? 

- DIY maker are required to put their whole setup of wired Arduino or Raspberry into the measurement chamber - such as a wine cabinet, a storage shelf, a planting greenhouse etc - which are common use cases of these projects. 

That's what many DIY makers have to use for their projects
That's what many DIY makers have to use for their projects

So you can use our Probe Shield for Arduino - with the T&H probe inside the measurement chamber, while leaving your Arduino board in a moderate ambient environment, maintaining circuit operation stability. 

Probe Shield is Stylish / Rugged and Practical 

We started from our drawing board with style in mind, the probe has to be practical and be good looking as well. 

We are "Maker" in our heart and we want to serve the "Maker" community first, so we are targeting Arduino and other DIY platforms initially. 

We may expand our design / support for smart phones / tablet connection later. 

Initial Designs of probes
Initial Designs of probes

 Our design go to detail 

We pay attention to the look and practical use of the probe - even the opening pattern matter. 

Sensor Probe design opening pattern
Sensor Probe design opening pattern

Prime design and prime products

Our final pick of the probe opening pattern consists of 3 layers of circles, the number of thin circular segments are 2, 3 and 5 respectively. This is originated from our wish to offer "Prime" products to customers, the numbers 2, 3 and 5 are prime numbers, so this pattern design convey this message also.

We are offering "Prime" products, 2, 3 and 5 are all "Prime Numbers" - yes we do think 2 is a prime number
We are offering "Prime" products, 2, 3 and 5 are all "Prime Numbers" - yes we do think 2 is a prime number

The IC sensor 

 Unlike many basic Temperature and Humidity sensor which uses low quality capacitive humidity sensor and thermistor, we picked IC form sensor for our probe. 

The temperature and humidity measurement range would satisfy different needs of DIY and end product requirements.

The Temperature and Humidity sensor IC on the PCB, SMT mounted
The Temperature and Humidity sensor IC on the PCB, SMT mounted
The Temperature and Humidity probe - with 2.5mm plug and connector
The Temperature and Humidity probe - with 2.5mm plug and connector

The Probe / Sensor 

We would launch probes in 3 colors, Black, White and Orange. Color of Probes shipped would according to the backing amount.
We would launch probes in 3 colors, Black, White and Orange. Color of Probes shipped would according to the backing amount.

The shield PCB Design

The Emperor Penguin inspired us, by its characteristics of living in tough environment
The Emperor Penguin inspired us, by its characteristics of living in tough environment

Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) breeds in the coldest environment of any bird species, our designer took inspiration from this lovely creature and he want our product to carry this characteristics of wide environment adaptation. 

After all we believe the ultimate goal for IoT initiative is about environment protection and preservation of species on this planet. 

"Aptenodtes Forsteri" Probe Shield PCB, note the 2 little "legs" board shape design
"Aptenodtes Forsteri" Probe Shield PCB, note the 2 little "legs" board shape design
Layout of our "Emperor Penguin" PCB, featuring OLED Display, up to 4 Temperature & Humidity probe connections, 3 keys input
Layout of our "Emperor Penguin" PCB, featuring OLED Display, up to 4 Temperature & Humidity probe connections, 3 keys input
The "Penguin" shape PCB, Final PCB color my differ
The "Penguin" shape PCB, Final PCB color my differ

"Penguin" Probe Shield

Probe Shield with 1 probe connected
Probe Shield with 1 probe connected

Your Maker solution would be ready to go different places with this Probe Shield

We studied the many different application scenes of DIY projects, including personal, home, commercial, in-door and out-door situations and believe our Probe Shield and probe offering would help Makers address these different application needs quickly. 

Where you can use the Penguin Probe Shield and T&H Probe ? 

Why do we need your support in the project

We have the electronics design of the Arduino Probe Shield completed, the reference coding for using our probe ready for release. We have the probe made with small volume mold tooling, and is at the stage of going to commit mass production tooling of the plastic mold, in order to meet our plan for providing the Probe and Probe Shield product to as many "Maker" of Arduino, and later Raspberry enthusiast. 

As always molding tool for plastic parts is not cheap, so a fair portion of our pledged support would go to making the plastic mold, and for the production component arrangement. 

The Project Timeline

The Rewards

AUD 10 Reward - Precision Temperature and Humidity sensor, in our uniquely designed probe case, ready to launch for DIY projects and product realizations. Probe color offer from our pick
AUD 10 Reward - Precision Temperature and Humidity sensor, in our uniquely designed probe case, ready to launch for DIY projects and product realizations. Probe color offer from our pick
AUD 28 Reward : You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield", with 0.96" OLED fully assembled and 1 pcs of Probe
AUD 28 Reward : You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield", with 0.96" OLED fully assembled and 1 pcs of Probe
AUD 33 Reward : You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield" and 0.96" OLED fully assembled and 2 pcs of Probes
AUD 33 Reward : You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield" and 0.96" OLED fully assembled and 2 pcs of Probes
AUD 55 Reward : You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield", 0.96" OLED fully assembled, and 4 pcs of Probes of your color choice from the 3 colors
AUD 55 Reward : You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield", 0.96" OLED fully assembled, and 4 pcs of Probes of your color choice from the 3 colors

The Project Team

Andrew - Startup-ist #1, Jack - Starup-ist # 2
Andrew - Startup-ist #1, Jack - Starup-ist # 2
Philippe - Designer of Probe
Philippe - Designer of Probe
Wilson - Designer of Penguin board / logo
Wilson - Designer of Penguin board / logo
Shirley - Market Creation, Neville, Wesley - Technical Creation
Shirley - Market Creation, Neville, Wesley - Technical Creation
The penguin - Project Mascot, our little friend
The penguin - Project Mascot, our little friend

Attribution

Some of the above photos and video images are derivatives of photos licensed under CC BY 2.0 or CC BY-SA 2.0. These are attributed to Pittaya Sroilong, Rexness, DC_Rebecca, and United Soybean Board, HowardLake, Global Panorama, Eli Duke and Prodoehl. The original photos can be found here: "refrigerator", "Wine Racks", "Pool at B and B", "Flower Greenhouse", "Emperor Penguins-1 "Emperor Penguins-2", "Emperor Penguin-3", "Sensor"

Video Background music from BoxCat Games on Free Music Archive

Risks and challenges

We are Confident....

We have confidence in completion of our own design of mechanical parts, electronics, because we are confident in these skill we possessed among our team members.

At the same time we pay special attention and care....

Communication with our manufacturing partners is an area we need to pay special attention because of the physical distance, despite this we are committed to take the extra effort to travel more frequent to visit our factory partners to review production readiness and especially paying attention to quality related training that would be required for making sure their manufacturing procedures comply with our design requirements.

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    Pledge AU$ 2 or more About $2

    A big thank you, we appreciate your support to take our Probe and Probe Shield to the next step, enabling hundreds of "Makers" to develop practical sensing and climate control solution faster. Contributing to help improve our environment and help energy saving.

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    We thank you for your support in our endeavour, our strive to collaborate with "Makers" globally. You name or your "Call sign" would be attributed in our reference software release document.

    You would become a true supporter of the "Maker" revolution and be honored and remembered down the time horizon.

    Let's work together on the "Maker" revolution.

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    [Early Bird] Category :

    You would get 1 pcs of our Probe, the T&H sensor SMT assembled and cable, this would enable your projects to get underway quickly - without the hassle of using magnifying glass to do the soldering. We want more Makers be able to use our probe for different application on diversified platforms such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi or other DIY CPU boards.

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    You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield", with 0.96" OLED display assembled, and 1 pcs of Probe, probe color of our pick.

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    Pledge AU$ 33 or more About $23

    This is probably our best offer among the other reward items, with $5 more you would get 1 more probe versus the $28 reward item.

    You would get 1 pcs of our "Probe Shield", with 0.96" OLED display assembled, and 2 pcs of Probe, probe colors of of our pick

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    You would get 1 pcs of "Probe Shield", with 0.96" OLED display assembled, and 4 pcs of Probes - color of your choice out of the 3 selections.

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $344

    You would get 5 pcs of "Probe Shield", fully assembled, with logo and labeling of your own design, and 10 pcs of probes - color of your choice - out of the 3 selections. You would be able to sense a whole lot more.

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