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The Apollo is a flexible and fun Arduino-compatible trainer board designed to make electronics easy and useful.
106 backers pledged $8,020 to help bring this project to life.

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Whether you are interested in learning to program or control lights in your house, the Apollo is a flexible and fun Arduino-compatible trainer board designed to make electronics easy and useful.  

check out our website!  https://www.ascension.engineering/

Our goals with Kickstarter

We have completed a sample production run with our manufacturing partner. In order to bring the Apollo to market at an excellent price, we need to scale up our production, which requires additional funding. One of the other hurdles is to acquire FCC certification, since all products that include a microcontroller should receive a FCC unintentional radiator compliance certification. If our kickstarter is successful we expect to have the Apollo ready for shipment within 90 days.

What makes the Apollo special?

Simply put, the hardware. The Apollo features many hardware accessories in a clean compact layout with all the libraries and sample code ready to go. Our goal is to make it easy to get started with hardware integration by providing the Apollo in a ready to use state. 

Getting started

In addition to providing great hardware we want to make getting started using the hardware simple.  In addition to sample code we will also be providing step by step labs that teach both C++ and how to effectively use each hardware component.

What is hardware integration?

Hardware integration is the process of writing code to use hardware components such as a display or a sensor.  The design of the Apollo is focused around making this easy to learn.  

 What components are on the Apollo?

  • BMP280: This is a combination barometric pressure sensor and temperature sensor. 
  • Potentiometers: Three high quality single turn potentiometers. 
  • Buttons: Five buttons are included with the option of enabling two, three or all five buttons using the dip switches.
  • LCD display: 16*2 character display.
  • Piezo speaker: If you are making a timer circuit or just want to play some musical tones the piezo gives voice to the Apollo. 
  • Light sensor: An accurate and high sample rate light sensor. 
  • Micro SD: Used in combination with the many sensors on the board you can easily log data and record it straight to csv files that can open with any spreadsheet for graphical analysis. 
  • UPDATE!  We have decided to add a 4 pin digital to analog converter!

 Innovative features: 

In addition to the hardware components on the board there are a few design features that are truly unique. 

LEDs: There are LEDs on every digital I/O pin which provide visual feedback on how a pin is responding.  For example, if you are controlling a servo using PWM, as the servo moves the brightness of the corresponding LED will change. If you are using a pin as an input for a switch or button, when the contact is made the LEDs illuminate to indicate that your circuit is working. Best of all, the LEDs are implemented in such a way that they are high impedance to the pins, in other words they will not pull power from or otherwise affect the signals on the I/O pins. 

Component Switching: Putting this many hardware components on the board uses a lot of I/O pins.  Pin usage has been minimized where possible using I2c and shift registers. However, if more free pins are needed for a project there is a 12 pin dip switch that can disconnect each component individually and free up the pins that it uses. 

 Compatibility: If you have other UNO based shields that you would like to use our board is both geometrically and pin compatible.

Foreign countries:  UPDATE!  we can now ship world wide!

currently due to some legalities we are only able to ship to US and Canada, this is something we are still in the process of sorting out, if you are interested in the Apollo and you are from another country let us know.  Check back in for updates, hopefully we will be able to expand to more countries before the campaign ends.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks in manufacturing, we believe that we have minimized the risks as much as possible having a small production run already behind us. We are committed to Bringing this board to market and we don't foresee any obstacle that will prevent that.

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    A 45 minute video chat with the Founders
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    10 board classroom set, will include boards with cases, power cables, usb cables and a set of 10 labs that are aimed at intro to programming classes for high school or college.

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