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Aurbee, the Arduino compatible, distributed, wireless, micro controller!
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AurBee is a game-changer in the open-source do-it-yourself micro-controller world because of its versatility and its low energy consumption. It combines the simplicity of Arduino with the scalability of ZigBee. Aurbee is, essentially, a wirelessly distributed Arduino platform. AURBEE serves one single purpose, it lets us control multiple Arduino compatible microcontrollers.

Aurbee is a replacement for UNO. It is a complete Arduino clone. And can be used a drop in replacement for any Arduino board. The Zigbee module is built in it. So on the hardware side Aurbee can be used to replace a UNO+Zigbee Shield combination. And on the software side, all the Zigbee related networking code is also built-in, so you can write Stock Arduino style code to communicate to other Aurbees in the network.

Thumbsized, 25mm by 25mm, capable of running for months on a single coin-cell battery, it allows users to create a self-healing wireless network of micro-controller modules and sensors over a large distributed space without dealing with writing complicated Xbee BLE WiFi related code. Aurbee allows the users to focus on their designs and takes away the complexity of writing ZigBee related code. We at Aurbee have taken care of all the ZigBee related heavy lifting so users can control pins on other Aurbees with a simple one-line code.  

Aurbee can be used for sophisticated and affordable modules to build home-based robotics, home automation design, stage lighting, special effects management and much more. Imagine the possibilities.

We have been working on the Aurbee design for the past few months. We went through a plethora of Zigbee compatible radio chips in production and selected the one that provides the best mix of size, power consumption and price . We built upon our expertise of creating Aurdino compatible Microcontroller platforms to create a super tight integration between the Aurdino IDE and zigbee . We are in the process of testing and perfecting our design . We are working on ordering production quality PCBs, Volume run parts and components and FCC/IC certification.

"The last few months have seen tremendous innovation by RF (radio frequency) chip manufacturers, and Aurbee, the next step in this process, is well timed to bring these cutting edge innovation to the Arduino eco-system." - Cora Macdonald Notable.ca http://notable.ca/montreal/yp-life/Technotable-A-Look-at-Deepayan-Acharjyas-Bitcoin-Hardware-Wallet/

What you can do with Aurbee:

-Home automation
          -Mood lighting
          -Temperature control
          -Jacuzzis
          -Garage door opener
          - Home Security
-Performance Set Design
         - Control Lighting
         - Motion sensors
         - Cue Music
         - Trigger Fog machines
-Robotics
         -Bring your robotics project to life wirelessly
         -Make your robotics part of an interactive network
         -Use minimal power
         -Over The Air reprogramming
         -LED's

And much more!

The possibilities are limitless, if you understand the power of Arduino, you can now have an almost infinite amount of micro controllers communicating together on one mesh network. Powered by a small coin battery that can last for months!

Compatibility:

Aurbee is an Arduino compatible product meaning, if you can control it with Arduino, you can control it with Aurbee wirelessly and with minimal power use.

the 1st "production" rendered models of Aurbee. After evaluating numerous designs, this is what we are preparing to ship. Note that Aurbee is designed with "pro-sumers" in mind. We wanted a design that is Modular and versatile. A design that will enable Aurbee users to incorporate Aurbee in their own designs and custom PCBs while retaining rapid prototyping capabilities. As you can see in the images, all Aurbee pins are available via two "AVX" connector-plugs on the bottom. We will stock a decent quantity of AVX receptacles to be used in your Custom projects. For rapid prototyping, Aurbee kits always include a selection of "Daughter boards", which exposes the pins using solder-able and solder less headers . The KickStarter packages ship with USB shield (which exposes all the pins using 1mm headers), UNO compatible board, OTA and BLE boards, which all exposes the pins for your prototyping pleasure using Jumper wires and universal breadboards. We will be publishing an Eagle library with all the components shortly. Please stay tuned for images of our daughter boards.

Aurbee USB Shield Add on!
Aurbee USB Shield Add on!

Technical Specifications:

Processor : MK20DX256VLH7
                       -Cortex-M4
                       -Clock speed : 72 MHz
                       -Overclockable to 96 Mhz

Power requirements:
                        -2.8 to 5.7 Volts
                        -26 mA (at full power)
                        -10 uA (sleep mode)
                        -Can be USB powered using USB programming shield

Flash Memory : 256 Kb (192 Kb available after Aurbee stack)
                        -192 Mb/sec Bandwidth                        
                        -256 bytes Cache

Ram: 64 Kb (52 Kb available after Aurbee stack)

EEPROM : 2 Kb

Direct Memory Access : 16 channels

Digital I/O: 34 pins
                        -Output: 3.3 Volts
                        -Input : 5 Volt Tolerance

Analog Input : 21 pins
                        -2 converters with 16-bit resolution (13-bit usable)
                        -2 Progressive Gain Amp
                        -12 touch sensing pins
                        -3 Comparators

Analog Output : 1 pin
                        -12 bit DAC resolution 

Timers: 12 total
                        -3 FTM with 12 PWM output pins
                        -1 PDB
                        -1 CMT (infrared)
                        -1 LPTMR
                        -4 PIT (interval)
                        -1 Systick
                        -RTC (date/time) requires a 32.768 kHz crystal & 3Vbattery.

Communication: 1 USB
                        -3 Serial ports with 2 FIFOs,3 High Res Baud,2 Fast clocks
                        -1 SPI with 1 FIFO
                        -2 I2Cs
                        -1 CAN Bus
                        -I2S Audio 8 FIFO

AURBEE Development Story:

Aurbee Prototype
Aurbee Prototype

While reading the Aurbee specs, did anyone notice a close similarity to another fabulous Arduino Clone?

Aurbee uses the same Microcontroller (MK20DX256VLH7), as the famous Teensy 3.1, and the similarity is not a coincidence. Teensy has been a great inspiration for us, and we used a Teensy-based design to create our first Arduino clone (Mid 2013), for a custom project.

We did significant modifications to the Teensy stack, created a power saving architecture, wrote encryption libraries and integrated a BLE (Blue tooth low energy) stack, giving us our first CUSTOM Low power, Wireless and Encryption capable Arduino clone.

This module worked great for our custom project which mainly involved controlling the Clone’s I/O pins from an IPhone. Our friends (theatre Stage designers, Home automation designers) loved the new stable platform and we started designing all sorts of MIDI pedals, distributed lighting controllers, and intelligent home designs, but they soon ran into BLE limitations. The Master/slave nature of BLE was getting in the way of creating the Arduino-based Internet of things.

We had to switch to Zigbee. The currently available Zigbee shields do not really cut it. We had a hard time reducing the size and power consumption.

After spending sleepless weeks experimenting with every Zigbee chip we can get our hands on, we stumbled upon this 5mm by 5mm, brand new Zigbee compatible radio. (Expletives unnecessarily removed) We had to make Aurbee!

A few more weeks of grunt work, and we had the chip and peripherals mounted on a PCB talking smoothly with our Aurdino Clone over SPI.

We drew upon our decade of experience (and source code stash) to create The Self-routing Zigbee Stack, and started extending the Arduino libraries. So far we have extended many of the base functions Digital I/O

· pinMode()

· digitalWrite(Aurbee_LivingRoomLight, …)

· digitalRead(Aurbee_LivingRoomLight, …) Analog I/O

· analogReference(Aurbee_LivingRoomCurtain, …)

· analogRead(Aurbee_LivingRoomCurtain, …)

· analogWrite(Aurbee_LivingRoomCurtain, …)

We are in the process of extending other libraries (FastLED, Wire, TFT, LiquidCrystal) And also have Aurbee-specific libraries for raw data packet transfers.

Project Status as of Today:

1. We have a working prototype:

a) With the Microcontroller circuit, Zigbee Radio, USB programing board Mounted on separate PCBs, connected with hookup wire.

b) a “beta” self-routing Zigbee stack.

c) Basic Arduino I/O functions ported.

d) Stable Low-level Aurbee (Raw data transfer) library.

e) Integration with Arduino IDE for windows (as extension pack for the stock IDE).

2. We have the Board layout (Gerber Files) for Aurbee Core (25mm X25mm), USB Programing Shield, UNO Adapter and OTA (Over the air) programing shield.

3. We are in the process of scrutinizing the layout for defects and electrical characteristics before we do the (rather expensive) PCB printing run.

4. We have signed a definitive contract with the Zigbee chip manufacturers to use their brand new chip.

5. We are deciding which other expansion boards to build (Nano, pro). Your input is highly appreciated!

The Aurbee Team
The Aurbee Team

Who we are : 

Dee ( Creator ) : Dee is a "technotable" young, hip, and brilliant engineer/musician/mad scientist gone right and the founder of ‘i4see’, a Montreal company that builds gadgets which solve “real world problems”. Recently, he created a BitCoin hardware wallet that enables individuals to store their crypto currency onto a device (computer programs or apps).

Nacer : Operates a circuit board assembly service called Service Ultratronic, which is located in the industrial neighborhood of Brossard and boasts a spacious room that houses professional offices and production machines at the cutting edge of technology and will be assembling Aurbee in house.

Liz : Our little social butterfly, Lizzie is our P.R and Social Network expert. Her social skills and positive attitude are put to work in letting people know about Aurbee and getting them excited about news and events happening within the project

Image Brothers :Stephan and Philippe Dastous are two brothers in love with music, video, photo and image. Having worked with MTV / Musique Plus, Club&Roll, Pass The Puck and many entertainment companies, they decided to form their own company: The Image Brothers. They provide video, photo, sound and web services for Aurbee.

Cora: is the voice behind Aurbee. She does radio, television and all things media. Her expertise as a researcher and copy writer is also vital to our beehive. Cora also works as the assistant producer on Todd Van der Heyden's radio show "Viewpoints" on CJAD800 in Montreal. She also a freelance writer for Notable.ca, a nationwide website geared towards young connected professionals. When she isn't a busybee working "media relations" for Aurbee she is an A-list geek, bookworm and foodie in all things underground Montreal.

Risks and challenges

Even though we have tested our design, we might have a issue with interference

Might run into issues with Certification

The zigbee radio we are using is really cutting edge, and the only component we are using that is not commonly available. We have signed contracts, but are aware that relying on a specialty component can run into issue

We are assembling the devices in house so don’t have to worry about manufacturing but there is always a chance we can get stuck with some issues

We might discover a flaw in our design during our testing process, and have to fix our design

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    2 expansion boards
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    5 Aurbee devices 1 USB programing interface 2 expansion boards 1 BLE connector shield (Used as a bridge between Aurbee network and BLE for iphone/android connection) 1 Over the air programing shield. And 20 hours of direct technical consultancy with the Aurbee team in integrating Aurbee with your custom design!

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    Corporate Backers: 5 Aurbee devices 1 USB programing interface 2 expansion boards 1 BLE connector shield (Used as a bridge between Aurbee network and BLE for iphone/android connection) 1 Over the air programing shield. And 40 hours of direct technical consultancy with the Aurbee team in integrating Aurbee with your custom design! And also an opportunity to create technical partnership with us.

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