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Research TechBy Research Tech
First created
Research TechBy Research Tech
First created
AU$ 944
pledged of AU$ 50,000pledged of AU$ 50,000 goal
25
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 9 2018 3:59 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

The Prestissimo Uno+ is a platform for rapid electronics development and prototyping that brings us the simplicity, ease of use and reliability of the Arduino Uno but with extended functionality. 

Despite numerous other options, the Arduino Uno has remained the most popular electronics prototyping platform for makers, engineers and hobbyists alike. At the heart of its success is the simplicity, ease of use and reliability of the AVR microcontroller.  Unfortunately the Arduino Uno has an extremely limited feature set. Many times makers and developers are forced to compromise their design or to move to more complex platforms increasing time-to-market and making DIY projects less doable.

The Prestissimo Uno+ uses the new ATMEGA328PB microcontroller - an updated version of the Arduino Uno's ATMGEA328P microcontroller. The "PB" version of the MCU builds on pre-existing functionality to include more SPI, UART and I2C ports (two of each instead of one), 9 PWM channels instead of 6, 8 ADC channels instead of 6, and 24 IO instead of 20 among other improvements. As the micro-controllers are so similar, full Arduino Uno compatibility is maintained meaning you get increased functionality while preserving the Arduino Uno experience.

Prestissimo Uno+ makes electronics more accessible for maker and hobbyists while reducing debugging cycles, hardware re-spins, time to market and ultimately development costs for the developer.

Prestissimo Uno+ is also one of the few development platforms for the new ATMEGA328PB chip currently available meaning Prestissimo Uno+ is perfect for those who just want to play with the new chip as well.

Prestissimo Uno+
Prestissimo Uno+
Prestissimo Uno+
Prestissimo Uno+

Advantages of the Prestissimo Uno+

Additional hardware serial ports: No more bit banging!The need for a second UART port ( and one that is not shared with USB) on the Arduino Uno is so great that the "SoftwareSerial" library in included in the Arduino IDE. It emulates additional serial ports through "bit banging" (toggling of IO to emulate TTL serial). Consuming large amounts of processing power and memory, it is extremely inefficient and performs poorly when compared to hardware serial. With the Prestissimo Uno+, these problems disappear as there is an additional hardware serial port. Implementation is easy.

Prestissimo Uno+
Prestissimo Uno+

A second I2C bus: Your address clashes resolved
I2C is an extremely common interface used to by sensors, displays memory devices etc. to communicate with Arduino. Multiple devices can be connected to the bus provided they have unique addresses. Address clashes can occur coincidentally but also when you need to connect a number of the same device to the bus as I2C slaves have either fix addresses or a limited number of programmable addresses.  One the Arduino Uno the only solution is to increase the complexity of the design by adding an I2C bus multiplexer. This hurdle is overcome with the Prestissimo Uno+. It has a second I2C bus, if there is an address clash, this IC can be moved to the second bus. 

More PWM channels: For Motors, Robotics, Actuators and more!
With Prestissimo Uno+ you get an extra 4 PWM channels. You can now control more motors, actuators, LEDs making the Prestissimo Uno+ perfect for robotics and even RC vehicle applications. There is no longer a need to add complex PWM controllers to your design to extend PWM outputs.  

More ADC channels: Monitor more sensors!
With an extra 2 analog inputs, you can now monitor more inputs without purchasing an input multiplexer or discrete ADC.

A second SPI bus: Simplify wiring
If long lengths of wire (lots of messy jumpers on a breadboard)are used to connect multiple SPI devices data corruptions issues may arise, especially if wiring the bus is running at highspeed. Splitting devices across the two SPI controllers on the Prestissimo Uno+ can shorten the length of your jumper wires reducing the chance of the bus operating correctly. For data logging applications: dedicate one bus to your SD card (run the bus at high speed) and use the other to monitor sensors.

More GPIO: for when your running short on pins
While the Arduino Uno has 20 GPIO pins, Prestissimo Uno+ has 24. There is no longer a need to bother with complex shift registers, muxes and io expanders - simplfy your design. You can drive a high pinout devices such as an 8x8 LED matrix directly from your Prestissimo Uno+. This will take 16 pins leaving you with only 4 to spare on an Arduino Uno. This is likely not enough for your project. On the Prestissimo Uno+ you would have 8 pins to spare which is a decent amount left to play with.

Pin out Diagram
Pin out Diagram

Reference Printed on the Back!
You are familiar with the normal Arduino pinout but the Prestissimo Uno+ has features present on other pins. We've made it easy to remember which pins can do what by printing a pin out reference guide on the back of the board to make it easy to remember which pins are which.

Pinout guide print on the back side of the board
Pinout guide print on the back side of the board

Detailed Comparison

Rewards

Ordering multiples of a pledge: You can order multiples of a single pledge level buy doubling/tripling your pledge. You must select the pledge level that you want to order multiples of.
Shipping:
Custom Pledges: If you would like to place a custom order then please contact us at research_tech@amnet.net.au. For custom pledges there is a minimum cost of AU$ 200 (US$161)

Retail/re seller deals: please order multiples larger packs or contact us directly ASAP at research_tech@amnet.net.au.

Want to support our project but not able to back?
That's okay, we respect that not everyone is in a position to be a backer. You can still support us by spreading news about our campaign on all your social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook,YouTube etc.). The hardest part of any kickstarter campaign is getting the word out. So would really appreciate your support.

Rewards
Rewards

Accessories

Proto-shield:
Easily attach your custom circuits to the Prestissimo Uno+. The proto-shield is optimised for the Prestissimo Uno+'s variation on the Uno R3 pinout. It will enable you to access all of the Prestissimo Uno+'s IO (on a regular arduino protoShield you would loose a lot of the extra functionality)

Prestissimo Uno+ ProtoShield
Prestissimo Uno+ ProtoShield
Protoshield
Protoshield
Protoshield
Protoshield

USB cable:
type A to micro B.
2m long.

Breadboard:
standard full sized

Breadboard
Breadboard
Breadboard Supply
Breadboard Supply
Basic Parts Kit
Basic Parts Kit

Basic Parts Kit:

  • 10x red LED
  • 10x green LED
  • 3x 2N3904 NPN bipolar transistor
  • 1x SN74HC595N shift register
  • 2x 1N4001 diode
  • 3x tactile switch
  • 1x thermistor
  • 1x piezo buzzer
  • 1x LM324N quad op-amp
  • 10x 0.1uf ceramic capacitor
  • 10x 1kohm resistor
  • 10x 10Kohm resistor
  • 10x 330ohm resistor
  • 10x 3.9Kohm resistor
  • 1x 10Kohm trimpot
  • 1x 1n35 optocoupler
  • 3x 2,2uf electrolytic capacitor
  • 1x RGB LED (common cathode)
  • 1x micro servo motor
  • 1x DC motor
  • 40x 10cm jumper wires
 
Advanced Parts Kit
Advanced Parts Kit
Advanced Parts Kit:
  • 1x LCD Module
  • 1x 24LC08-I/P I2C EEPROM
  • 1x PIR motion sensor
  • 1x ultrasonic range finder
  • 1x MPU-9250 breakout (advaced 9-DOF IMU with 3 axis accellerometer, 3 axis gyroscope and 3 axis magnetometer)
  • 1x BMP280 barometeric pressure sensor and altitude sensor breakout
  • 1x MCP4725 12-bit non-volatile DAC breakout
  • 1x stepper motor
  • 1x micro SD card breakout
  • 1x Soil moisture sensor
  • 1x MQ-2 gas sensor breakout (for alchohol, smoke, H2, LPG, propane, methane, etc.)

TIME LINE

Timeline
Timeline

 Tutorials/Project Examples

The code example below demonstrates how to use the functionality of the two UART serial prots avalable on the Prestissimo Uno+

Risks and challenges

No Kickstarter campaign is completely free of risk. Any risks associated with this campaign is associated with the risks of manufacturing. Through careful planning we believe we have minimized these risks.

Some potential risks in the process of manufacturing are as follows:

We may encounter shortage of certain electronic components. However, we are dealing closely with our suppliers who will ensure that possible alternative components will be made available where needed.

We will make sure that if there are any unexpected manufacturing problems that it is resolved quickly to minimize any delays.

The manufacturing partners we work with are global companies backed by 35 years of experience and are dedicated manufacturers of PCBs. They have the technological advantage in the leading edge quality of PCBs and assembly. They maintain consistently high quality standards in products and services.

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