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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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...and we're shipping!

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Hi everyone,

As per our initial estimate we're on track and already start sending the first units before mid-August! The plan is to go slow at first, making sure we don't hit any blocker, before we hit full speed.

Little board on its way!
Little board on its way!

Little bumps on the Road

Although we didn't have any big drama until now (knock on wood), we've noticed a few things that couldn't be smother, specially on this last phase:

  • Australian Post
    It's incredible but we're in 2016 and we couldn't get a digital version for the custom declaration forms CN22 and CN23. Which means that most of the international orders will have forms filled by hand.
  • Board programming
    Even with a few attempts we couldn't produce a reliable "one size fits all" factory firmware. The different radio module versions, which are 6: 433MHz, 868MHz, 915MHZ and the same but High-Power, will have the same bootloader but their own firmware version, slowing down a bit the programming.
  • Documentation
    We would like to be a bit more advanced on the board software's documentation. Although we already have some material for the hardware, there are a few documentation pages to be revised on the software side, especially related to the remote firmware upgrade techniques. We want to make sure everything is clear and looking good before gets published.

Next steps

From now on we shouldn't encounter any surprises.

The Talk² Bootloader and Example Code, including the factory firmware, are going to be release as GPL.

 Additional documentation for individual parts of the board will be released together with some informational videos.

Down the track

As the shipping phase gets behind us, some video/blogs showing some cool practical projects will be posted.

A discussion forum has been created and we'll try to get some activity there as well. (http://talk2forum.wisen.com.au).

Finally, we won't stop here, more ideas are being developed in parallel, which might become additions to the Talk² product family.


Cheers,
Mike M.

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