A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
ArduinoPixed combines two of the world's most popular and least cost enthusiast Electronic products - Raspberry Pi Zero and Arduino.
It provides three USB ports and Arduino Nano Functionality on a single board. All you have to do is attach ArduinoPixed with Raspberry Pi Zero using 4 provided screws and you get
1. Three USB Hubs
2. An onboard Arduino ( ATMEGA328)
3. An board Thermistor for temperature sensing.
4. On board LED and a Push Button Switch
5. Extension for A/D Pins of Arduino.
ArduinoPixed is modular, so you can add your own A/D board on the top of this board. Possibilites are limitless, and some examples are, thermometer, Smoke Detector, Carbon MonoOxide detecter, Propane Gas Leak Detector, Moisture sensitivity.
The two 10 Pin Headers are of 2 mm pitch. We have 5V, 3.3V Supplies and most pins of the ATMEGA328 chip are coming to these two headers.
This is the Part of the ATMEGA328 Circuit.
Programming from Raspberry Pi Zero
Programming and playing with the Arduino using AduinoPixed is easy.
Add a USB Key board and a USB Mouse to the Arduinopixed and attache and HDTV using HDMI Cable.
4. Arduino Nano
Install Arduino using
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install arduino
You can now run the Arduino from Arduino IDE under Menu > Programming. Open the Arduino IDE to start programming your Arduino board.
You will need to select Arduino Nano 328 from the list of the boards - this is what this System is closely matches.
At $23, we have priced it competitively. If you add an Integrated Hub and a separate Arduino Nano, a cable and shipping at two placed you will end up paying more. But more importantly, you are getting everything is a small form factor integrating everything.
More details and pictures can also be found on my blog here
Risks and challenges
We have successfully delivered 7 projects on Kickstarter, most of them in time. Our manufacturing process is streamlined and as such we see little risk in the whole process. The design itself has been verified with two prototypes.