About this project
Need to wirelessly control your Arduino with a banana? Or wirelessly track when someone comes in and out of your humble abode? How about wirelessly controlling a video game using a light switch plus your friend jumping up and down?
With EasyPlug Air it’s almost too easy to make these things happen. You simply pick a sensor, plug it into your receiver and that’s it. On the Arduino end, the sensor looks just like an analog input. We provide example code if you aren’t familiar with using an Arduino.
What's in the Shield?
EasyPlug Air comes in 2 flavors.
MegaMote version: This version comes with a receiver shield, 1 wireless sensor hub with 6 sensor inputs, a rechargeable battery, sensors, sensor connection cables, and a recharge cable (no Arduino included).
MiniMote version: Pretty much the same exact thing except this version has 3 smaller wireless sensor hubs with 2 sensor inputs each.
- Onboard LEDs
- No extra code to learn. Uses standard "analogRead(pin#)" command that most users are familiar with.
- Stackable with other shields
- No soldering
- Communication through 2.4GHz ISM band
- 50 meter range
- 1kHz sample rate
- 14mA peak current draw @ 3.3V
- 6 analog sensor inputs
- Recharge battery using micro-USB cable
- Compatible with evergrowing list of inXus sensors
- Optimized for performance
- Onboard sensor circuit protection.
- Mounting holes
- Includes 6 unique colored cables
How does it work?
Each sensor plug on the receive has a number next to it (0-5). This number corresponds to the analog pin on your Arduino. For example, when you connect a sound sensor into sensor plug #1, your Arduino will automatically start reading sensor data on analog channel 1. It's that simple.
Meet the sensors
We have sensors for just about anything. All of our sensors are designed to be easy to use, right out of the box. Plug in a cable (provided) and the sensor is ready to go. We've picked the most useful and fun sensors for you and we're adding more all the time, so you should be able to find a sensor to fit your needs.
Don't own an Arduino?
If you don't own an Arduino or want an even EASIER way to connect our sensors to a computer check out our previous kickstarter project called "VERVE2".
This thing lets you control your computer using the same sensors without any coding involved!
You can get it directly on amazon here: http://amzn.to/1yCO0Xs
Production and Fulfillment plan
We want to be perfectly transparent with you every step of the way. Here’s some information on how we will be turning this product from an idea to a product that you can hold in your hands. Production and fulfillment will be handled in a three step process.
Step 1: Manufacturing Printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication, PCB assembly, and packaging will all be handled through NOA Labs. This manufacturing firm has a proven track record. They have worked with giants such as BMW and Airbus as well as countless small businesses and start-ups. To personally vet the company, we purchased an initial sample run of printed circuit boards and enclosures (shown in picture above). The company is ready to produce up to 50,000 units per month and quoted us a lead time of 30-45 days for production. Shipment will take another 12-15 days. In parallel, we will order the colorful sensor cables and the cable extenders from a trusted electronics supplier. We received initial sample units of all these components from this supplier and they too are ready to ship at a moment’s notice. Their quoted lead time is 20 days with another 7-10 days for shipment. The second you help us hit our funding goal we will begin this process.
Step 2: Assembly. We will begin assembly the same day the units arrive from both NOA labs and our electronics supplier. We will test each board, sensor, and cable to make sure that everything works perfectly. We will then package this item in the supplied retail box. This process is expected to take between 10-30 days depending on the number of orders.
Step 3: Fulfillment. We partnered with a local fulfillment center that is ready to ship out all the units. This process will take 5-10 days. It will take an additional 5-15 days for USPS to get the item to your door. We will push as hard as humanly possible to get this item to you before the May deadline.
We think Kickstarter is the ideal place to launch this product. Kickstarters are our kind of people--forward looking, tech savvy, doers who aren't content to wait around for things to happen by themselves. We need Kickstarters to help us get our product into production, thereby enabling a generation of technical and creative people to make awesome technology and creative projects. If we hit our funding target then we can afford to build the devices at costs low enough to be affordable enough to put these devices in the hands of anyone who wants one.
EasyPlug Air spawned off a project called EasyPlug (a wired version of EasyPlug air)
In the months ensuing delivery of EasyPlug, it became painfully obvious that people wanted wireless. So, we listened to the people and here we are. As always, we start off with a breadboard version until we get something we are happy with.
We design the board using EagleCad
And we create the first living, breathing, working prototypes.
After receiving the shield and newer sensor boards, we tested the circuit protection circuitry and functionality of all the sensors. It all worked so we decided to deliver our new project to our favorite website, Kickstarter!
Risks and challenges
We've worked hard to minimize the risks associated with this project. The product has already gone through several design/prototyping stages and beta tests with target users. We are officially ready to manufacture. We have qualified our manufacturers and first-level fulfillment partners. If we can raise enough funds, we are confident that we can ship the product by May. We have verified prototype level manufacturing, but we need large orders to bring the manufacturing costs down to an affordable level.
If setbacks occur, we will contact our customers to keep them informed of possible delays. If orders are slow to arrive, we will ship to customers in order that they committed funds.
We want to send out a thank you to Danielle Phan for putting together a brilliant video. We also want to send out a big thanks to all the inventors who have helped spark the maker movement. To inventors of products like the Arduino, little Bits, Makey Makey, ATOMS toys and all the other awesome makers tools in between. You have inspired millions of people around the world -- us included!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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