Hello Arduino Enthusiasts/Collectors!
My name is Patrick Mitchell, and this will be my fifth kickstarter campaign. I've designed a small, but neat Arduino UNO shield that detects human presence through the use of a passive Infra-red (PIR) sensor from all directions. In addition, this shield has an on-board Infra-red (IR) sensor that can pick up signals from a 38kHz remote control, which means that you can control your Arduino circuit wirelessly from further than five meters away! The ICU-Duino connects seamlessly to your Arduino UNO! I've included a small PIC10 based processor into the design that allows for you to easily toggle logic using an IR remote control. You can also toggle logic using the on-board "SE" button. The above video gives a detailed demonstration of each of the functions.
Update (August 1st):
We have new reward tiers that include an LCD, relay board, and resistor based keypad! Check them out! Below is just one of the projects that I've done with the ICU-Duino board:
Toggle: In toggle mode, you can use either the on-board button to toggle logic on the accessible output pin, or use a compatible 38kHz Infra-red remote control to toggle logic wirelessly. Easily test these functions with the on-board 3mm red LED! An IR remote control is included in some of the reward tiers.
Momentary: In this mode, you can use either the on-board button or a compatible infra-red remote control to create de-bounced pulses. If you press the button, the output of the chip will be asserted from 0v to 5v for as long as you hold the button down. Once you let go, the logic on the output pin will return to low state (0v). As for using an infra-red remote control in this mode, there are a few things to consider. Some IR remote controls send constant and repeating information when you hold a button down, while others send the information one time per button press. If you are using a repeating remote control, then the output will be asserted from 0v to 5v for as long as you hold down any button on the remote. If you use a non-repeating IR remote control, then when you press a button once, the output will pulse from 0v to 5v for about 300ms, then return to 0v. If you continue to press a button over and over, then the output will remain high until you stop pressing said button.
The ICU-Duino shield connects easily to your Arduino Uno! There is a prototyping area where you can solder in your own circuits. This area has a regulated 5v rail on the left side of the board, and a common DC ground rail on the right side of the PROTOBOX. The "SEL" button that is used with the programmed PIC10 chip is on the upper left side of the board,and just to the right of this button is an accessible 3mm red LED, which is used as a visual indicator.
The PIR (Passive Infrared) motion sensor can either be soldered directly to the board, or connected to via a 3-pin header. Pledges will have the opportunity to choose which configuration they'd like at the end of the kickstarter campaign through a survey.
The Infra-red receiver is located on the upper right side of the board. This little guy receives IR signals that are modulated at 38kHz. This means that it is compatible with most of your common household remote controls. Not all, but most. Some reward tiers come with a compatible non-repeating remote.
The Input/Output selection block allows for you to splice to the output of the PIR motion sensor (PIR_OUT), the output of the Infra-red sensor (IR_OUT), and the output of the PIC10 chip (OUTPUT). As well, you can access the input pin of the PIC10 (INPUT), which can be connected to the Infra-red sensor output. This is outlined in the video.
The Program Select header is used to select between toggle (Latching) and momentary modes of operation through the use of a 2-pin jumper. This will be talked about in the written and video manuals that I will be creating.
How is it powered, and can I still access all of the Arduino GPIOs? The ICU-Duino shield is powered directly from the Arduino UNO, and requires very little power to operate. All GPIO lines are still 100% accessible through headers on the top of the board.
Written Manual & Video Manual:
While this unit is extremely easy to use, I will still be creating detailed video and written manuals. Some people find it easier to learn with text and diagrams, while others find that watching a visual demonstration is the way to go. The written manual will include the schematic diagram, PCB diagram, and full instructions. These will all be available at the end of this campaign.
Yep! Some people will be interested in the DIY kit reward option. If you are one of these people, you will be pleased to know that I will be creating a detailed assembly video that will give you step-by-step component soldering instructions. It will be practical, short, and easy to follow!
Within two weeks of launch, I will have an idea of whether or not this campaign will be successful. If things are going well, then I should be able to estimate PCB/part quantities for order.
Component & PCB orders will begin at the beginning of the third week of the campaign. I will also be working on the video manual and written manual at this point in time. The parts and PCBs will be sent to my manufacturer.
Nearing the end of this kickstarter campaign, the assemblies and empty PCBs (For DIY kit rewards) should be completed; or at least near completion. I will be sending pictures in project updates. When the assembly of the units is complete, then it will take roughly three business days for them to arrive on my doorstep. I expect to have the parts in hand no later than one week after this campaign ends. It will take be a day or two to run quality checks on each of the assemblies.
Two weeks after this campaign ends, the funds should have been transferred by kickstarter. I'd made a habit of shipping rewards the same day as payment is received. This will again be my goal for this campaign.
For this campaign, I'm going to keep my rewards simple. All rewards that include a DIY kit version of the ICU-Duino or an assembled version of the ICU-Duino will receive ten female-female wire connectors. These connectors will allow for you to connect to the Input/Output block, and to connect to any of the Arduino GPIO lines.
Some rewards will come with a compatible/non-repeating Infra-red remote control that can be used in conjunction with the IR sensor.
I'm also going to offer up a classroom set reward. This of course will be rather expensive, but it will be discounted, as it is a bulk pledge and it is for education =)
Prototyping and assembling units is very expensive. If I build a product and nobody is interested, then I am stuck with a ton of hardware and a lighter wallet. If I build something that people want and are willing to help to fund the manufacturing via kickstarter, then I'll know that the product will be worth seeing through. I think that this is an awesome Arduino shield, and I hope that you do as well!
Is The ICU-Duino Completely Developed?
You bet it is! I've done a prototyping run of the PCBs, and I've found no problems. I can get these assembled with no issue. That is, if this kickstarter campaign is successful =D
Thank you all for having a gander. I sincerely hope that I've captured your interest; Take care, and thank you again for both your consideration and time.
Patrick Mitchell (Engineeringshock Electronics)
Risks and challenges
Of my last four kickstarter campaigns, three were funded. I was able to have all rewards shipped out on time in each case. There is extremely little risk in this campaign. The PCB design has been finalized, and I have several sources for each of the components. I have a great relationship with my PCB manufacturer/assembly company. The goal is to have all rewards shipped within the same week as the funds are transferred to my account, which should land at the end of August/beginning of September. If you are thinking of pledging to this campaign, please know that prompt shipment is always a priority for me. As well, every unit and kit will go through a strict quality check prior to shipment!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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