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This unit can program 6x RFID cards in less than 30 seconds! Easily connect to to Arduino! Sample code available. PRODUCTION READY!!!
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Hi everyone!

My name is Patrick Mitchell, and this is my 7th Kickstarter campaign! Thanks for checking it out =D

I've always loved using RFID cards to control my circuits.  Sometimes the decoding of RFID cards can be a pain.  What I've done here is created a unit that can save the data from up to 6x 125kHz RFID cards into EEPROM memory, to be used to control external circuits.  There are also 2x on-board relays that allow for you to easily control high power loads, and even low-power AC devices using the simple swipe of an RFID card.  The video above shows it all, but the video below goes into more detail about basic functionality.  It takes less than 30 seconds to program up to 6x cards into memory.  Each programmed card has an allocated 5v/TTL compatible output and an Indicator LED.  There is a latching mode, and a momentary mode.  This set is production ready! I just need to make some software optimizations, and acquire funds to mass produce these bad-boys!

Update - October 28th:  I've been asked if the Antenna can be extended out from the board.  In this video, I add about a foot of wire between the antenna and the reader board:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEzdqTv3DHw

The RFID123 Primary Features:

1) Internal EEPROM Memory Saves Data After Power Off
2) Can Save Up To 6x 125kHz RFID Cards
3) 2x Optional On-Board Relays For AC/DC Switching
4) Momentary & Latching Modes Of Operation
5) Indicator LEDs That Can Be Enabled & Disabled
6) On-Board Output Clearing Button
7) On-Board Buzzer To Indicate Indicate Incorrect Card Data
8) Can Directly Power An Arduino UNO
9) Can Be Powered Directly By An Arduino UNO
10) Connects Easily To An Arduino UNO

Quick Start Video Manual (This is NOT the final video manual!):
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 The Block Diagram & Close up:

 The DC Power Jack / Terminal Power Block:  You can power the RFID123 board in one of two ways.  You can use the DC power jack or the terminal power block to supply power to the board.  The RFID123 requires 8-10VDC @ 300mA or more.  The 9v 1A AC-DC adapter that comes with some of the reward tiers plugs directly into the DC power jack.  If you wish to use your own power supply, then you can use your own AC-DC wall adapter, or use a power supply through the terminal power block.  Please note that two supplies cannot be used at the same time.

The SEL Button:  This button is only used in LATCHING MODE.  It can be pressed to clear all of the outputs to 0v (low) state.

The Mode Selection headers:  There are four headers on in this area.  The PRG header, which is used in program mode, the SET header, which is used to select between MOMENTARY and LATCHING modes, and the LOCK headers.  The LOCK headers must be jumped after you've programmed in your RFID cards.  When programming new card data, both LOCK headers should be left un-shorted by jumpers.  

The Buzzer:  When an incorrect card ID is detected by the reader, the buzzer beeps three times, which acts as an audio indicator that you're using an incorrect card.

The Relay Enable Headers:  If you want to use relays to power high power DC / low power AC devices, then you need to enable them using the R1 and R2 headers.  If you have the R1 and/or R2 headers shorted by a 2-pin jumper, then they will become enabled.  Relay#1 corresponds to output#5/LED#5.  When the card that corresponds to output#5 is detected by the reader, then relay#1 will turn on.  Relay#2 corresponds to output#6/LED#6.  When the card that corresponds to output#6 is detected by the reader, then relay#2 will turn on.  The written manual will include detailed information on how to use these relay as high power switches!

The Relay Output Terminal Blocks: These two terminal blocks are where you'd be connecting your high power switching.  When a relay is off, then the CO (Common) pin is connected internally to the NC (Normally Closed) pin.  When the relay is turned on, then the CO pin disconnects from the NC pin, and connects internally to the NO pin (Normally Open). Think of this as an on-off switch that is isolated from the rest of the circuitry.

The Output Terminal & Indicator LED Bank:  This is where you'd be connecting your external circuitry.  You'd be using these pins to connect to your Arduino, PIC, Stamp, TTL circuit project, etc.  Each output has it's own LED indicator.  You can disable the LED indicators by removing the LED_EN jumper.  Output#1 Through output#6 correspond to a a specific programmed RFID card.  The "IN" output corresponds to the logic on the blue indicator LED.  This LED tells you when RFID data is being detected/received.  When any given LED is on, then the relative output pin is at 5v logic.  For instance, if the reader detects card data that matches card#5, then output#5 will go from 0v (low) to 5v (high), and LED#5 will turn on.  If this is hard to follow, then simply watch the quick start video manual above!

The RFID Reader:  This little guy has an external rectangular antenna that reads RFID cards from up to 4cm away.  You can put a plastic cover over the RFID antenna if you'd like.  RFID cards will still be able to communicate with the reader with no problem!

The Accessories:

The 120-240VAC IN (50-60Hz)// 9v 1A OUT AC-DC Wall Adapter:  This AC-DC adapter is American and European wall outlet power supply friendly.  However, if you are in Europe, you'll need an adapter to plug this into your wall.  This AC adapter provides nominal power to the RFID123 unit.
Male-Female Wire Connectors:  These connect easily to both the RFID123 board and an Arduino UNO.  If after this campaign is over you'd like to substitute for female-female wire connectors, I can accommodate that.

125kHz RFID Cards:  RFID cards comes in many shapes and sizes.  If you have your own, then they should work as long as they are rated for 125kHz.  6x Simple (Seen below) white RFID cards will be included in some reward tiers

RFID (In a really small nutshell):

RFID readers are able to send out electromagnetic pulses through an RFID antenna, which acts to wirelessly power nearby RFID cards. When this happens, the card is energized, and it sends a card-specific data string back to the reader.  The reader takes this data and turns it into a digital signal that can be read by a microprocessor.  On the RFID123 board, the reader sends this data to a PIC18 chip for final processing. RFID can get pretty complicated, but the basics are simple. If you want to know more, there is so much more to learn.  It can all be found through google.

Why Kickstarter?

The kickstarter community has been good to me.  Without the help of people on this site, I wouldn't be able to create and share all of my ideas.  It takes a ton of time and money to organize and manufacture units like this.  That said, I never take my pledges for granted.  For every successful kickstarter campaign that I've created, every single reward was shipped on time.  That is exactly what will happen if this campaign is funded =D 

Production Plan:

Two weeks into the campaign:  I should be able to gauge the interest in the project at this point.  I should have an idea as to whether or not this campaign will be funded.  At this point in time, I will be putting together my parts order, and speaking with my manufacturer.  Two weeks in is when I normally get started on my order placements.

Three weeks into the campaign:  If things are looking good, then the order for all of the parts will have been made, and the final manufacturing should be under way.

Four weeks after this campaign begins:  The campaign should be just ending at this point in time.  The written manual should be almost complete by this point. I should also have the assembly video and the final video manual created.  As I create these videos, I share them with backers as time progresses.  At this point in time, I should have received most of the materials to ship our rewards, if not all.  I will be contacting backers with updates every few days at this point.

Two weeks after this campaign ends:  This is when I ship out rewards. Of course, I will share every important detail with you up to this point.  I will have made up a page on my website dedicated to the video manual, written manual, and the assembly video.  This will be provided through a link that I will be providing through project updates.

Thank you for your consideration!

Thank you for taking the time to read about my project.  I really hope that you find it interesting.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me through kickstarter.  I always try to respond to messages promptly. Thanks again, everyone!
Ever sincerely,
Patrick Mitchell



Risks and challenges

I have lots of experience when it comes to product design and manufacture. I've not come across a problem yet that has delayed reward shipments. I see no issue here. I have solid sources for all of the required components. There will only be a delay in reward shipments if this campaign is extremely successful. If that were to happen, then it would take slightly longer to have a great deal of hardware manufactured.

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    Many thanks for your contribution! Every little bit helps =D At the end of the campaign, you will receive the link to the video manual, the assembly video, the written manual (which will include schematics, sample code, etc), and of course, my sincere gratitude! This will be available at the end of November to the beginning of December.

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    The Unassembled Bare Bones: I'll send you an unassembled DIY kit version of the RFID123. No AC adapter or 125kHz RFID cards will be included, but you will receive 9x male-female wire connectors. I will be creating a detailed step-by-step assembly video so that you can follow along with me during assembly. If you have a decent soldering iron, an attention for detail, and some basic soldering experience, then this reward may be for you! You will also receive links to the written manual, the assembly video, and the video manual! This reward will ship at the beginning of December.

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    The Assembled Bare Bones: I'll send you an assembled & tested RFID123 unit! No AC adapter or 125kHz RFID cards will be included, but you will receive 9x male-female wire connectors. You will also receive links to the written manual, the assembly video, and the video manual! This reward will ship at the beginning of December.

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    The Whole Shebang! (DIY): You will receive a DIY kit version of the RFID123 board, an AC adapter, 6x 125kHz RFID cards, and 9x male-female wire connectors. I will be creating a detailed step-by-step assembly video so that you can follow along with me during assembly. You will also receive links to the written manual, the assembly video, and the video manual! If you are outside of Canada, $9 will be required for air shipping to the US, and ground shipping overseas. This reward will ship at the beginning of December

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    The Whole Shebang! (Assembled): You will receive a fully assembled and tested RFID123 board, an AC adapter, 6x 125kHz RFID cards, and 9x male-female wire connectors. You will also receive links to the written manual, the assembly video, and the video manual! If you are outside of Canada, $9 will be required for air shipping to the US, and ground shipping overseas. This reward will ship at the beginning of December

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    Hey Big Spender!!! You will receive both a fully assembled and tested RFID123 board, a DIY kit version of the RFID123 board, 2x AC adapters, 18x male-female wire connetors, and 12x 125kHz RFID cards. The best of both worlds! The assembly video will be detailed, so that you can follow along with me during assembly. You will also receive links to the written manual, the assembly video, and the video manual! If you are outside of Canada, $14 will be required for air shipping to the US, and ground shipping overseas. This reward will ship at the beginning of December

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