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Finally an ultra-low power Arduino compatible board with build-in RF able to run your AVR projects for years on a single AA battery!
Finally an ultra-low power Arduino board with build-in RF and able to run your AVR projects for years on a single AA battery!
This is now a product, more details on the link below:
Finally an ultra-low power Arduino board with build-in RF and able to run your AVR projects for years on a single AA battery! This is now a product, more details on the link below:
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    1. Talk² Creator on

      Hi Michael, thanks for supporting this project. Regarding you question about the battery, we are not enforcing any battery type, so the users will be free to use a AA, AAA, CR123, D, etc... On our next prototype version and for the production we're looking to add a small DC connector, like the "Molex PicoBlade", which is normally found on the Internet as "Micro JST". Using a connector will be easier to attach any battery pack. Also related to that, we're reviewing our mechanical design to include a few mounting on the board holes for convenience.

      Related to the high power version we're initially limiting that for the 5 or 10 packs. By the end of the campaign, we'll review all rewards might offer additional packs including the high-power version.

      Cheers,
      Mike M.

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      Michael on

      Hi, a few questions please about the campaign/my pledge:

      1- How does the AA battery stay on the Whisper Node, is there a 'slot' to put it in? Or would I need to solder something together to keep it powered on? 2- I pledged $24AUD for the early bird special, is there any way I can select I'd like the high power version which was recently announced and tested?

      Thank you.

    3. Talk² Creator on

      Hi Marc, thanks for your suggestion. We are constantly checking each pledge to understand individual requirements. As mentioned on the project, our idea is to give back as much as possible to delivery a great product to everybody.

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      Mahaku on

      Maybe rebalancing the early-bird distribution could help, i.e. combining some two-packs and three-packs into five-packs and/or ten-packs for truly early birds? No loss in the full scheme of things, and yet some extra money rolling in to juice up the early days of the campaign with happy bigger-money pledgers...? I'd be sure to become one! :-)

    5. Talk² Creator on

      Hi Amemait. First of all, thank you very much for supporting this project. The early-bird pledges do have a very special price, which most of the time barely cover the real cost for the product. They are there to give some initial traction for the campaign. Saying that, we will do whatever we can to overcome our backers' expectation and deliver a great experience!

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      Amemait on

      Hmm... I just noticed the "Super Saver 10-pack" will actually cost me more than the early-bird pledges. Too bad there's no 10-pack for early-bird pledges. :(

    7. Talk² Creator on

      Hi Gadget, at the moment you'll be recommending the following libraries for RFM69: https://github.com/LowPowerLab/RFM69 and http://www.airspayce.com/mikem/arduino/RadioHead/. Mesh network is complex beast, which nodes chain to each other to extend the whole network coverage. This is a great functionality but considering the incredible range offered by RFM69 it might not be necessary. Also, for a mesh network to function, it requires nodes to be always on, defeating the low-power aspect. As an alternative you can have a few nodes always on, acting as bridge, forwarding messages and extending the network range.

    8. Gadget on

      Awesome!
      Will it be possible, to connect multiple nodes as a mesh network?

      Cheers
      Gadget