HubSerialixed is an extension of our earlier highly successful product - Hubpixed.
Hubserialixed has 3 USB Hub Ports - which are same as the ones in Hubpixed. We knocked off the 4th USB Port and added a USB to UART chip, that provides the ability to connect any UART device on that port.
This UART device could be anything you can think of - including a thermal sensor, ADC, Relay control, RF Module etc. Since this UART port works off the USB, you are not concerned about the inbuilt UART ports available on the 40 Pin Connector. In fact, none of the Pins of the 40 Pin connector are required to be used.
We have kept the 40 Pin Connector area vacant - so that these pins are still available to be used if you wish to.
The UART Pins are provided as 4 Pin Jumper with following Pins
2. UART TX
4. UART RX
There are two mounting holes in the design and you could possibly design a small add on board that will fit on the 4 Pin Header and the two mounting holes. This gives the design extreme flexibility.
In the initial prototype we had only 3 Pin. We had earlier assumed that the power supply was not required, which could have restricted the possibility of having an active add on board.
The hubpixed was first announced on January 24, 2016 in a referencedesigner blog and was subsequently posted on kickstarter. Hubpixed was first of its kind product and was subsequently updated to include a wifi ( in HubPiWi ) and a Wifi and a Bluetooth ( in HubPiWi Blue). The launch of the Raspberry Pi Zero W made the later two product redundant as Pi Zero W included in built Wifi and Bluetooth.
Similar products were launched later on, however, our product still beats them in terms of design ( we have empty space in the 40 Pin Connector area) and price - Even with the USB UART functionality included our price is $10 in single quantity.
Our Earlier Similar Projects on Kickstarter
1. Pi Serialixed
PiSerialixed is a UART to USB board that seamlessly connects to RPi allowing you to see the console messages and the login through the console to control the Raspberry Pi 3. This avoids the need to use an HDMI TV and Keyboard.
Notixed is very similar to the PiSerialized project. It turns Pi Zero into a USB devices - without the need of a cable or connector. Just hook notixed with Pi Zero with the 4 provided screws. It was successfully backed by 291 backers and raised $3,711 on kickstarter.
Hubpixed is a 4 Port USB 2.0 Hub that will seamlessly connect to Raspberry Pi Zero without any connector. The novel idea uses the pogo pins. The hubpixed has been updated to support the latest Pi Zero 1.3 and Pi Zero W. It raised $3194 from 125 backers on kickstarter.
4. HubPiWi and HubPiWi Blue
The HubPiWi extends the functionality of Hubpixed to include a Wifi on Hubpixed. The HubPiWi Blue extends a WIfi and a Bluetooth. HubPiWi had 149 backers and HubPiWi Blue had 553 backers.
Risks and challenges
With the successful history of product delivery we have mastered the art of production stages and gained confidence over it.
The risk therefore is a question of "when the product will be delivered" and not "if the product will be delivered".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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