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The AirBoard is a thumb-size, Arduino compatible, wireless, ubiquitous computer designed to sketch Internet-of-Things, fast!
The AirBoard is a thumb-size, Arduino compatible, wireless, ubiquitous computer designed to sketch Internet-of-Things, fast!
The AirBoard is a thumb-size, Arduino compatible, wireless, ubiquitous computer designed to sketch Internet-of-Things, fast!
1,006 backers pledged $65,014 to help bring this project to life.

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The AirBoard: Sketch Internet-of-Things, fast!

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Tomorrow, 50 billion connected objects will fill our everyday lives. Today, Internet-of-Things pioneers need easy-to-use and versatile, yet powerful tools to help them shape the future.

The AirBoard is an Open-Source, compact, wireless and ultra power efficient development platform designed to learn, sketch and deploy your prototype out in the field.

There are a number of educational tools on the market to facilitate transient prototyping. They are great for learning electronics but may be difficult to deploy out in the field. The challenge today is to accelerate the deployment of smart Things, with a seamless experience from novice to expert.

The AirBoard offers the same type of solderless connector as the Arduino UNO which makes connection ultra-simple for beginners and encourages direct experimentation.

We focused on the most versatile I/O pins, in order to lower the cognitive effort required in learning electronics and rapidly switching between different projects.

This open connector is also the fastest and cheapest way to connect your sensors.

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Build upon your regular sketches with the standard Arduino IDE 

When prototyping hardware, it's pretty fast to set up a sketch but when it comes to moving it around, carrying to a friend's place, embedding it in a harsh environment or deploying a network of smart devices, wiring makes it so frustrating.

Plug a wireless shield to make an ultra-compact wireless autonomous microsystem
Plug a wireless shield to make an ultra-compact wireless autonomous microsystem

The AirBoard is wireless friendly. It is compatible with all certified wireless shields and open to future wireless radios, for versatile applications in smart cities of tomorrow:

  • control your power appliances wirelessly from everyday Things
  • interact with robotics or wearables from your smartphone
  • connect miniature smart devices to the internet
Interact with your prototype with our free test apps
Interact with your prototype with our free test apps
Upload your regular Arduino sketches remotely out in the field over Bluetooth, WiFi or XBee.
Upload your regular Arduino sketches remotely out in the field over Bluetooth, WiFi or XBee.

Deeply embedded Things may be hard to reach for various reasons (connected to a system, sealed, in a remote location). The AirBoard offers automatic Over-The-Air Programming (OTAP) over Bluetooth, Wifi or XBee. No reset button, download your code remotely in just 5 seconds!

Thermal infrared camera highlights LDO regulator heat during a radio transmission
Thermal infrared camera highlights LDO regulator heat during a radio transmission

Forget about your sensors with the built-in Power Management System. The AirBoard is designed for ultra low-power applications, yet capable to drive long range wireless shields. It offers an ultra-low power sleep mode with switchable radio for best communication strategy. The built-in Battery charger and Management System also improves safety with Over Current, Over Charge and Over Discharge protections.

 Free worldwide shipping for all rewards tiers!

Our mission is to provide tools and processes to accelerate the prototyping and deployment of your next billion dollar idea. Gather up to 10 teammates and let's setup a one-day hacking workshop at your location facilitated by creative thinking professionals!

Olivier Ménard from Grenoble, France is an electrical engineering guru and an interaction designer who has been developing microchips and computers for space satellites and is leading an Open Innovation lab for major industrial companies.

Hack everyday things and smartify them in a single day!
Hack everyday things and smartify them in a single day!

Loic Bouyssié from Boston, USA is a software engineer with a marketing background and is involved in new technologies, from electronics integration to web design.

Loïc to discuss eXtreme Manufacturing with Joe Justice, founder of Team Wikispeed
Loïc to discuss eXtreme Manufacturing with Joe Justice, founder of Team Wikispeed
 

Size and Weight

  • 40x25x9mm (1.6x1.0x0.4'')
  • 14mm (0.6'') width with Bluetooth shield
  • Board: 5.7g (0.20oz)
  • Battery: 4.0g (0.14oz)

Processor

  • ATmega328P processor @ 8MHz
  • Pre-loaded standard Arduino Fio bootloader, no custom firmware needed
  • 100% Arduino compatible
  • Arduino IDE support (any IDE version on OSX/Windows/Linux)

Peripherals and I/Os

  • 16-million colors user-defined RGB LED, 2240mcd max, 120° viewing angle
  • 7x GPIO, 3x PWM, 2x 10-bit ADC, I2C, SPI solderless proto connector
  • Up to 18x GPIOs, 6x 10-bit analog inputs or 6x PWMs

Wireless

Power Management System

  • Autonomy in communication: 6 months @ 1 data/minute
  • Autonomy in sleep mode: up to 3 years
  • Charge time: 40-60 minutes
  • 150mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery charger
  • Charging via micro USB from computer system or power adapter
  • Battery protection circuitry (Over Current, Over Charge, Over Discharge)
  • USB voltage, charge status and battery level indicators
  • 5VUSB/500mA and 3.3V/200mA regulated power outputs for prototyping board
  • 3.3V/1A switchable regulated power output for wireless shield

The project started with a simple idea. Here are a few early shots to show how it all started.

Early sketch, back in 2011!
Early sketch, back in 2011!
First prototype, not quite wireless... yet ;-)
First prototype, not quite wireless... yet ;-)
Low-fidelity mockups to help seed the idea
Low-fidelity mockups to help seed the idea
"When I made this logo, I was thinking about freedom, technology and the capacity to join friends thoughts without limits." Fernando Factor, Graphic Designer, Brazil.
"When I made this logo, I was thinking about freedom, technology and the capacity to join friends thoughts without limits." Fernando Factor, Graphic Designer, Brazil.

Today, we are honored to have the opportunity to share The AirBoard with makers around the world. It's not just about funding a product. It's about engaging in a journey to shape the future together.

First pre-production prototypes to secure the manufacturing process
First pre-production prototypes to secure the manufacturing process

Now that the pre-production prototypes have passed two successful runs, only a small investment is required to divide the unit price by a factor of 10 making it now accessible to everyone: makers, inventors, students, artists, educators, designers, engineers, researchers...

The production line is local, in the heart of the French Alps between Italy and Switzerland, for seamless transition between R&D and ramp up production.

Production line located in beautiful French Alps
Production line located in beautiful French Alps

Risks and challenges

Our 20+ years of electronics expertise in top space, nuclear and semiconductor industries exposed us to quality, hi-reliability, worst-case analysis and risk management.

We didn't rush into crowdfunding a partially designed (not to mention tested) product. 100 units of the initial design were produced back in 2011 and then extensively tested for over 2 years. We then went back to the drawing board to design a brand new, tremendously improved product in terms of performance and safety.

We secured the production process with two runs of pre-production prototypes and partnered with one of the major European PCB manufacturers operating a local factory, for seamless transition between R&D and ramp up production.

The production schedule incorporates long lead time mass production components in order to secure the delivery target.

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    Connect anything to the internet, anytime, anywhere with the AirBoard and the SigFox shield! Includes 1 AirBoard with battery, 1 Bluetooth BLE shield with USB dongle, 1 new SigFox shield, 1 1/8 wave length antenna and 1 year subscription to the SigFox network. FREE shipping.

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    Experiment the power of The AirBoard with sensors and actuators selected for you.
    Includes 1 BLUETOOTH BLE 4.0 Low Energy AIRBOARD + 1 USB dongle + 1 light sensor + 1 proximity sensor + 2 micro motors + 2 propellers + 2 vibrating motors with their drivers. FREE shipping.

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    Upload your sketches via BLE and deploy long range shields out in the field. Includes 3 AIRBOARDs with batteries + 1 BLUETOOTH BLE 4.0 shield + 1 BLUETOOTH BLE 4.0 USB dongle + 1 GPRSbee shield with 90° antenna and ufl adapter + 1 SIGFOX shield with straight SMA antenna and one year subscription. FREE shipping.

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    6x LONG RANGE AIRBOARDs
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