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About

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Technology advances every day and we are still discovering the huge potential of interconnected devices: From small objects you use daily and increasingly common smart home to, very specific industrial monitoring applications, today you can create almost any solution imaginable. There are many challenges to overcome when designing wirelessly connected devices: RF electronics engineering, complex software engineering to make the most of that hardware, environmental factors like distance and obstacles affecting, connectivity, etc. To mitigate these challenges and make it easier for hobbyists to create their IoT solutions, Electronic Cats has created the LoRaCatKitty.

LoRaCatKitty is designed to simplify the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications using the fabulous (but still underutilized)  LoRa Technology. We have based our development on the ESP8266 WiFi module and the LoRa RN2903 or RN2483 microchip module, and we have designed it to allow you can create IoT applications without deep knowledge of technology. 

With LoRaCatKitty we have tried to create  an inclusive development platform, facilitating the creation of projects by almost anyone, through a simple Android application to generate the firmware (software) that will use your device. You only have to select the sensor you are going to use, drag and drop it on the LoRaCatKitty and go! The programming will be done automatically from your cell phone or tablet.

 

So far, the way LoRa IoT applications have been built requires expert work several in different disciplines, from programming microcontrollers, to protocal-specific knowledge about networks and radio frequencies. 

LoRaCatKitty re-defines the methodology for building IoT devices with LoRa, creating a new way of connecting devices with long range and low energy consumption. Almost anyone can implement a solution or develop a prototype quickly and easily with LoRaCatKitty. 

No hardware programming, no breadboard, no cables, no soldering; the board is programmed by connecting to your mobile device over wifi. 

Final version
Final version

 

Final version Back
Final version Back

 

Firmware Flashing OTA (Over The Air)

 

The mobile application for LoRaCatKitty, allows you to generate and compile the firmware in the cloud and use your smartphone to transfer and the firmware to the board. All the necessary hardware libraries are accessible through the app so you can select, download and transfer them to your new LoRa device directly. 

Plug-n-Play with Groves 

Grove Sensors with standardized connectors
Grove Sensors with standardized connectors

Grove connectors allow easy and quick use of sensors, actuators or external elements without the need for soldering, just connect the blocks and build your project. LoRaCat Kitty supports a long list of sensor modules with Grove connectors. 

Android 

The LoRaCat Kitty app for Android is used to wirelessly program the device and will allow beginners to develop an infinite number of applications in an easy and intuitive way.

Demo app
Demo app

 

Compatible with The Things Networks, Beelan and other LoRaWAN networks 

LoRaCatKitty is completely compatible with LoRaWAN platforms like The Things Network, Beelan and others, allowing you to access RESTful API resources which can be used to develop IoT apps, easily with the sensors and actuators vizualized.

The Things Networks
The Things Networks

 

Our Story

Stretch goals

Thank you so much for supporting LoRaCatKitty!

Here comes our stretch goals and let us know what do you expect for the next! 

 

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Multiple programming languages

If you are a more advanced user, you can use your favorite programming language with LoRaCatKitty, such as Arduino, Lua, Espruino, and Circuit Python

Supported programming languages
Supported programming languages

 

Open Hardware

All hardware and software will be fully open, available to study and modify in accordance with the OSHWA definition.

 

Technical Specs:

  • Class A LoRaWAN Soon support of Class C LoRaWAN 
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n Encryption 
  • Wi-Fi: WEP/TKIP/AES 
  • Module ESP8266-12E Certified FCC 
  • Module RN2903 Certified FCC 
  • Power supply:battery port: 3.4~4.2V; 
  • Micro USB: 5V 
  • Output current: 1000mA MAX 
  • Operating voltaje : 3.3V 
  • Charging current: 500mA MAX 
  • Flash memory: 4 MByte 
  • Size: 50 X 50 mm 
  • Weight: 26gr

Our partner

Offices of Etonnet LLC
Offices of Etonnet LLC

Etonnet LLC is one of our (contract manufacturers). They have been in this field since 1999. In case you or your company needs production service, you might consider them.

SMT Line at Etonnet
SMT Line at Etonnet

 The Team

Andres Sabas 

Electronics engineer by Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes 

Co-Founder of Electrónic Cats

Co-Founder of The Inventor’s House Hackerspace 

Passionate about electronics and open hardware, Andres likes to share what he makes on Hackster.io and Instructables. He is a maker with heart, a LoRa evangelist, and music lover.

Eduardo Contreras 

Student of electronic engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes 

Co-Founder of Electronic Cats 

Eduardo Contreras is an electronics engineer with a passion for developing technology and science. He is currently co-founder of Electronic Cats, where. hHe has developed products such as educational satellites (Can-Sat's). Eduardo is also a member of The Inventor's House, a hackerspace dedicated to the dissemination of science and technology. As part of the hunger for sharing knowledge, he has participated in various hackathons, lectures, talks and technology workshops, as well as advising students of engineering in the development of their school and extracurricular projects.

Felipe Valero

*Computer Systems Engineer from the Aguascalientes Autonomous University.
* Master in Information Technology from the Interamerican University.
* Was Working at the Mexican Space Agency until 2016, and co-founder at "The Inventor's House" Hackerspace.  
* Passionate about developing aerospace jobs in young Mexican students, he generated Mexico's largest simultaneous launch of 30 Pico Satellites using LoRa technology, along with The Inventor's House team. He's enthusiastic about the maker movement and Information Technology security.
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Ignacio Acosta Pineda

Electronic's engineer with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and passions for science and technological development

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Joel Humberto Gómez Paredes  

Degree in computer science from the Universidad Veracruzana Software Developer

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Made with ❤︎ in Aguascalientes, México

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
At Electrónic Cats we are ready to start making LoRaCatKitty, and we are nervous but excited to launch our our first kickstarter campaign. We know that logistics can be a challenge for the delivery and distribution of the final product.

We know that there is a risk in the timely delivery of all materials by our suppliers, that is why we will review everything and not miss any details in the planning to be able to deliver on time to all our backers.

In the event that we have a much larger number of orders than we have set our goal to meet, we will face additional challenges in the supply and packaging of the kit, which may require restructuring our production timeline.

We do not want to delay any of the tasks on our timeline, so if we see the number of orders growing enough during the campaign, we will establish agreements with our primary PCB suppliers, assembly and packaging so that everyone can have their LoRaCatKitty on time.

Being in communication with you, our fantastic sponsors, could prove to be another challenge while we are all busy producing, sorting, packing and shipping kits.
Our team does not have as much experience in large-scale production or the experience of Kickstarter campaigns. That's why we'll try to make sure that the entire Electronic Cats team is available in both the Kickstarter Q & A forum and via email to respond to any information requests or questions you may encounter when using the LoraCatKitty and kits.

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