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$1,832
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23
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 10 2018 3:57 PM UTC +00:00

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About

Blueberry Mesh is an unique, ultra-small, stackable, modular electronics development platform specializing in Mesh networking and Internet of Things devices. 

Don't let all the buzz words fool you :) the hardware can also be used for general purpose development similar to Arduino compatible boards.  If there is enough interest I would consider adding Blueberry Mesh to the Arduino IDE.

Along with the cool hardware Blueberry Mesh has an accompanying mobile App that can run on phones and tablets.  With the Blueberry Mesh App all development and coding can happen without a computer in the palm of your hand!  The App has device discovery, a graphical programming system called Blockly, and a lower level Script language with C-style syntax called Berry Script.  With the Blueberry Mesh App anyone can get started with Internet of Things development!

I have had this idea in my head for years from the first Bluetooth Low Energy IC I tinkered with five or more years ago.  Bluetooth Low Energy allows devices to talk to one another via a simple packet structure.  Bluetooth Low Energy also allows smart phones and tablets to easily talk to the same devices.  Blueberry Mesh is built on Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE chips.   I like to play with wireless BLE stuff now but I also think if I was my kid self again this is the kind of thing I would spend countless hours tinkering with in my parents basement :)

Not only is the hardware cool but the software is amazing.  Each Blueberry Main Board automatically and wirelessly communicates with each other.  They can also communicate with smart phones and tablets.  Messages are sent via a simple "channel" -> "value" pair.  For example you send a "1" on channel "10" to turn on the Red LED and a "0" on channel "10" to turn it off.  There are thousands of channels and each value can be up to 14 bytes long.  The program that handles the channel -> value pairs is modified via a simple script language and uploaded wirelessly over the mesh network. 

For more details see: http://www.blueberrymesh.com

My goal is to get this platform in the hands of makers like myself!  To do that I need funding and I believe the Kickstarter community is a good fit for Blueberry Mesh.  I need to get the manufacturing line rolling and the software finalized.  With your help I think Blueberry Mesh can be something incredible for all generations of makers!

The funding goal was set to start manufacturing 1000 various Blueberry Boards.


Show Some Love Signature Lip Balm
Show Some Love Signature Lip Balm

For complete details on the individual Blueberry Boards see: http://www.blueberrymesh.com

Blueberry Main Board
Blueberry Main Board
Just Curious Kit
Just Curious Kit
Hackers Kit
Hackers Kit
Pick Your Kit
Pick Your Kit
Pick Your IMU Kit
Pick Your IMU Kit
The Works!
The Works!

The Blueberry Mesh App allows you to scan for Blueberry Devices, save and edit Berry Scripts and Blockly Designs, upload your programs to Blueberry Devices, monitor the Blueberry Mesh, and create a GUI for controlling your unique Blueberry creation.

Scanning for Blueberries
Scanning for Blueberries
Programming with Berry Script
Programming with Berry Script
Visual Programming with Blockly
Visual Programming with Blockly
Create a Unique Graphical User Interface
Create a Unique Graphical User Interface

Blueberry Mesh can easily be extended into the Cloud and offer Internet based events and communication with a wide variety of Cloud platforms, including IFTTT.  A gateway is needed to map the Blueberry Mesh Bluetooth signals to either WiFi, Cellular or both.  I have a prototype gateway built with Python and an IFTTT bridge via a node.js server.

I am planning on releasing this in the near future however if I reach the stretch goal of $75,000.00 the WiFi / Cellular Gateway will be offered as part of this campaign.

The Blueberry Mesh protocol is open.  Any BLE enabled device can connect to and communicate with Blueberry Mesh.  I am also in development of a Unity 3D plug-in for easy integration into your own creations if that is something you what you want to do!

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Risks and challenges

I develop systems like Blueberry Mesh professionally every day! I don't foresee many risks on the development side of things. What I have had issues with in the past are delays in part fulfillment from suppliers. However, I have tried to mitigate that by choosing readily available parts and staying away from exotic stuff.

Reward fulfilment has always been challenging. Normally when you grow a product it starts small and demand and sales steadily increase. With a Kickstarter campaign rewards come in one big batch and it can be overwhelming. I would love to have that challenge!

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    Show Some Love

    Do you think Blueberry Mesh is cool and want to support the cause? Awesome! We have a limited edition Blueberry Mesh lip balm sphere with your name on it! ( your name really isn't on it... ours is... but the lip balm sphere is still really cool! )

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    Blueberry Proto Board

    The Blueberry Proto Board is a stackable breakout board for all signals to and from the Blueberry Stack.

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    Blueberry Native Dev Board

    The Blueberry Native Dev Board allows fast firmware uploads and native C/C++ development.

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    Blueberry Spacer Board

    Not much here but if you need more space between Blueberry Boards, this is what you need!

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    Blueberry Servo Board

    The Blueberry Servo Board allows the connection and control of 4 standard servos. There can be up to 4 Servo Boards connected to one Main board for a total of 16 servos connected to one Main Board!

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    Blueberry Bread Board

    Use the Blueberry Bread Board to connect a Blueberry Main Board or Stack to a standard electronics bread board for simple, fast prototypes!

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    Blueberry Native Programmer

    If you want to flash new firmware on your Blueberry Main Board you will need this. ( note this only if you don't use the App or want to add new functionality to the firmware )

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    Blueberry 2032 Battery Board

    The Blueberry 2032 Battery Board can contain two coin cell batteries and has a push button ON/OFF controller. You can also power down the system via a signal from the Main Board or an external button.

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    Blueberry Environment Board

    The Blueberry Environment Board has sensors on it to monitor it’s environment (pretty wild huh?) It includes the following:

    1 x Pressure Sensor

    1 x Temperature Sensor

    1 x Humidity Sensor

    1 x Ambient Light Sensor

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    Blueberry Power Board

    The Blueberry Power Board is used to power your Blueberry Stack from either a USB Plug, USB Battery or a LiPo Cell. It includes the following:

    1 x JST LiPo Battery Connector

    1 x Micro USB Connector

    1 x LiPo Charge Controller

    1 x On / Off Button

    1 x 3.3v Regulator

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    Blueberry Splitter Board

    You can use the Blueberry Splitter Board to connect Blueberries horizontally instead of stacking them vertically.

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    Blueberry Main Board

    The heart of the Blueberry Mesh platform, the Blueberry Main Board. It has 2 x Switches, 1 x RGB LED, 1 x Accelerometer and the Berry Stack Connector on the back.

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    Blueberry Motor Board

    The Blueberry Motor Board allows for the connection and control of up to four 1.8 Amp DC motors. There can be up to 4 Motor Boards connected to 1 Main Board for up to 16 motors connected to one Main Board!

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    BLUEBERRY AUDIO +IR BOARD

    The Blueberry Audio +IR Board is used to listen for sound, produce sound and also has some interesting IR functionality. It has a Piezo Buzzer and a MEMS microphone. It also has an IR transceiver. The IR transceiver can be use as a beam break or proximity detector, it can also read code from TV remote controls!

    Thing on this board:

    1 x Buzzer

    1 x Microphone

    1 x IR Transceiver

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    Just Curious Kit

    If you just want to see what all the fuss is about this kit is for you! You get a Blueberry Main Board and your choice of a Blueberry Proto Board or a Blueberry Bread Board.

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    Blueberry IMU Board

    The Blueberry IMU Board contains an Inertial Measurement Unit. An IMU allows you to get the orientation of the board in 3D space. What is unique about this particular IMU is that it handles all the sensor fusion on board so you get a single Quaternion output on the I2C bus!

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    Hackers Kit

    Includes the Blueberry Main Board, Blueberry Bread Board, Blueberry Native Dev Board and a J-Link Edu Mini.

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    Pick Your Kit

    Pick any three Blueberry Boards plus one Blueberry Main Board. ( excluding the IMU Board )

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    Pick Your IMU Kit

    Pick any three Blueberry Boards plus one Blueberry Main Board and one Blueberry IMU Board.

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    The Works!

    Get every single Blueberry Board! Main Board, Battery Board, Proto Board, Native Dev Board, IMU Board, Environment Board, Power Board, Audio + IR Board, Spacer Board, Servo Board, Motor Board, Splitter Board, Bread Board, and a J-Link Mini Edu

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Funding period

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