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Ardhat is Arduino compatibility on a HAT, with Real-World connectivity and Real-Time performance, for Pro-Makers, Learners and Educators.
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Ardhat: Smart Power, Robotics and IoT for Raspberry Pi

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            Ardhat is the Ultimate Expansion Platform for the Raspberry Pi!

Ardhat was carefully designed to provide all the features you need to connect the Raspberry Pi to exciting Real World applications, like Robotics and IoT, as well as providing the best built-in battery and power management available. 

Compatible with all current Raspberry Pi models, Ardhat adds 10-DOF sensors, Mesh networking, Analog I/O, Real-Time performance, Battery and automotive power operation and more, in a tiny, HAT compliant format. 

And you can choose Ardhat with or without Arduino shield connectors, so you can use Arduino OR Raspberry Pi add-ons!

Ardhat protects and enhances the Raspberry Pi for real applications, and is accessible to everyone that has used an Arduino.

Let Ardhat take your Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects to the next level!

Ardhat on Model A+
Ardhat on Model A+

Responsive

Ardhat embeds an Arduino compatible processor, so it responds quickly to real time events, and lets the Raspberry Pi get on with the heavy lifting.

It accepts nearly all Arduino shields, which gives you access to an unmatched range of real world hardware.

Ardhat 'FlatTop' design
Ardhat 'FlatTop' design

And Ardhat can sense the world around it. The Basic Ardhat has analogue sensors, Real Time Clock, User Interface controls, and supply monitoring, all accessible from either the Raspberry Pi or Ardhat processor.

If you need more, Ardhat-I adds a 10-DOF Inertial Management Unit, and Ardhat-W adds a Long Range ISM wireless node with up to 15km range, so Ardhat is IoT ready out of the box.

Protected

Ardhat’s smart power management includes a power switch and charge control, and lets a Raspberry Pi run on real world power supplies, like automotive or LiPo batteries, for months.

Ardhat underneath
Ardhat underneath

And since many of the things we makers want to connect to are 5 volt systems, like servos, quadcopters and ‘SmartLED’s, Ardhat is also 5 volt so it speaks their language, and includes a beefy 5 volt supply to drive them.

Perfect for Schools and Colleges.

Not only does Ardhat protect the Raspberry Pi from external voltage spikes and outages, but there's physical protection too.  With the optional laser-cut perspex 'TopHat' that fits the PiBow enclosure, you get access to Arduino shield pins for experimenting and teaching purposes, without the danger of damage to the exposed pins of the Raspberry Pi circuit board.

Raspberry Pi does Lego Mindstorms with Ardhat
Raspberry Pi does Lego Mindstorms with Ardhat

Power

Ardhat is available with a tailored high-capacity 2050mAh battery, that plugs into the standard JST connector and fits snugly between the shield headers of the FlatTop board design.

Ardhat with optional 2050mAh 'SnugFit' battery
Ardhat with optional 2050mAh 'SnugFit' battery

But you can fit the LiPo battery of your choice, or even a micro-prototyping board in its place! 

And with a second processor to power manage the system, you can operate with solar cells, even small ones that ordinarily would not be sufficient for use with a Raspberry Pi.

Ardhat Solar on A+
Ardhat Solar on A+

Whatever you choose, the on-board Arduino compatible processor monitors internal and external supply voltages and is ready to act immediately to protect the Raspberry Pi from power outages. (Raspberry Pi can also monitor the supplies through the Arduino Firmata interface).

Hardware Features

  • Integrated 16MHz Arduino 
  • Accepts 5V Arduino shields 
  • 12 ch PWM O/P, 6 ch analog I/P 
  • Real-time Clock 
  • External 8-28V power input 
  • High Power 3A 5V O/P 
  • Full BBU/UPS 
  • 9-DOF Sensor Fusion* 
  • Long Range Wireless Mesh node* 
  • Built-in  2050mAH battery* 
  • Barometer* Thermometer * 
  • Programmable Power/Navigation combo switch 
  • ‘Zero CPU’ SmartLED driver 
  • Ext and LiPo voltage monitors 
  • Charge status & programmable LEDS 
  • Programmable wakeup/watchdog 
  • > 1,000 hour sleep mode operation 
  • Fully RPi HAT standard compliant (with EEPROM) 
  • Standard LiPo battery connector 
  • Uses standard Arduino IDE 
  • PiBow 'TopHat' provides physical protection 

*optional

IoT and Robotics

There are many stacks and apps to choose from and with built in long-range ISM radio, you can get straight to the heart of IoT with projects like TinyHAN , OpenHAB, and many more.

Software

Ardhat means more than integrated hardware; it means integrated software too.

The preferred environment for programming Ardhat is javascript, using node.js with Johnny Five (though you can use Python or C/C++ too!).

Johnny-Five takes its name from the star of the cult classic Short Circuit, and is an Open Source, Firmata Protocol based, IoT and Robotics programming framework, developed at Bocoup.

Ardhat’s real-time scheduler and apps are open source, and are hosted on Ardhat's open GitHub community repository.

The Ardhat Real-Time is supplied as a preloaded sketch that includes a co-operative multitasking scheduler and utility functions, which can be modified as required using the Arduino IDE. It uses ~2kB of Arduino program space.

The basic functions planned for the first release of Ardhat include:

  • Internal & external supply voltage monitoring 
  • Sensor Fusion monitoring 
  • Power/Navigation switch monitoring
  • Real-time clock monitoring
  • Status reporting to Raspberry Pi over Firmata
  • Raspberry Pi status monitoring 
  • Sleep/Power Down Management
  • Wakeup scheduling 

Four models to choose from

Ardhat comes in 4 versions, 2 without long-range radio modules, and 2 with.

All Ardhats have the same integrated Real-Time processor and Real World connectivity options, such as Analog I/O, 5V Arduino Shield capability, wide operating voltage range (including automotive) and high current outputs for driving peripherals.

All Ardhats have full power/sleep management and Real-Time Clock to keep your Raspberry Pi data secure, no matter what.

And all Ardhat models share the same 'FlatTop' design (a tailored 1800mAh LiPo battery that fits snugly between the shield headers is available if you want to maximise energy density).

For maximum flexibility, Ardhat is supplied without soldered headers for use in space and weight constrained environments such as drones and space shots!

Whatever you’re building, whether it’s a quad-copter or self-balancing robot, IoT gateway or mind-blowing light show, Ardhat has you covered.

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At ubIQio we're all about Open Source projects - we have no marketing people, no marketing budget, and we don't use any dirty tricks to get people's attention - we just rely on word of mouth - so please help us spread the word!

Risks and challenges

We have 3rd generation prototypes assembled and tested, and they are performing really well. We do need to make a few low-risk tweaks for production, but have component sourcing and manufacturing capacity arranged. Our team is experienced in the issues of design for manufacture, PCB fabrication, assembly and test, having many years of experience at an international level.

We have 3D printed prototypes of our custom covers which will be laser-cut, but this a low-risk item. Also considered low-risk is the ability to source LiPo batteries and radio modules in volume.

We believe Ardhat will have world-wide appeal, but want to make sure we can fulfil our commitments to our backers, and international LiPo battery shipments can really slow down delivery times. So although rewards without LiPo batteries are available worldwide, those with LiPo are only shipping to USA and European Union countries at this time.

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    Ardhat TopHat

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    Early bird Basic Ardhat.

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    Early bird Ardhat Basic+.

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    Early Bird Ardhat-I.

    Car towaway detection, balancing robots, multicopters and more. The sky's the limit!

    Includes Basic Ardhat PLUS 3D Sensor Fusion (Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass), Barometer and Thermometer PLUS 1800mAh snug-fit battery.

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    Ardhat-W

    Great platform for IoT broker / bridge / gateway applications where reliable mesh node communication is essential.

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    Ready to go ProMakers Kit

    Ardhat-W with Long Range Radio, Raspberry Pi Model B V2, PiBow Case, PiBow replacement top cover, 'SnugFit' 1800mAh Battery, 16GB SD card with customised Raspian Image.

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    Ready to go ProMakers Kit X10 Bulk Pack

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