We shipped the last of the Kickstarter levels ($159-$199) this week, so you can expect them within a week if you live in the US, 10 days if you don't. Depending on the level you pledged for we included a few extra pieces to replace some things we no longer use or we integrated into the main flight board.
- The power board is gone, the flight board now has the regulator and connections to power directly from a LiPo battery (upto 6S).
- We included a new interface board that maps the AshimaCore's output to a standard PWM interface for up to 8 channels, and provides standard connections for the Spektrum satellite receiver and GPS UART. We even broke out the programming pins to let you to reprogram the board without a bootloader installed.
- Almost everybody gets a case. We're in the middle of designing a case to protect the AshimaCore, while exposing the relevant pins. We tried to include a 3D printed case with every shipment (white is version 1, blue is version 2, grey is version 3). The cases are not perfect, but they will cover the board and let you mount it on a standard flyer frame. I'm hoping version 4 will be the final version and we'll look at getting some printed/molded and on the polyhelo.com website. If you look carefully at the case, you'll notice a tiny cosmetic error that we made in the design. We'll call that a 'Kickstarter exclusive' feature!
We'll have some instructions & help on the polyhelo.com website in a few weeks, but every board we shipped was tested and we left the test code on there so you can also run it yourselves. If you connect the board to a USB port on your computer it should run the self test and blink the LEDs in sequence. If you connect over serial (Cool Term is what we use, but other programs exist) then you will see the serial number of the board, the date the test code was compiled and the results of the test. If you see a "fail" message by the SD or Xbee features, do not worry! This just means you don't have an SD card or Xbee plugged in. You can then press 'R' to put the board into bootloader mode and be ready to program.
This will probably be the last post here on Kickstarter, but please follow us over to polyhelo.com for support, forums, and coming soon, a store to buy AshimaCore boards and accesories.