Open Source Circuit Project Includes Android ADK 2012 hardware with a ARM 32-bit Cortex M3 micro & Bluetooth based on Arduino platform
Why we are here.
We are here looking for funding; to fund our first production run of Circuit Bitz.
Every person that donates will have their name posted on our Thank You page.
We really want to get these into peoples hands, and see what they make with them. If you really like what you make and would like other people to be able to make it; we will post your project on our website. This way anyone can make the project for themselves.
What is Circuit Bitz?
Circuit Bitz is an Open Source PCB Design. By Open Source, we mean, all board designs will be available to everyone. This includes schematics, layout files, BOMs (Bill Of Materials), Gerber files, application code, firmware, and 3D model files for any Circuit Bitz parts.
All files will be available on our Circuit Bitz Design site after we finish the first production run, and before you start receiving your boards.
All boards will be a standard foot print, which allows the same project boxes and cases to be used for all boards. See Circuit Bitz Standard Page for more information. There are also templates for the schematic layout, PCB layout, and BOM on the Circuit Bitz Standard Page.
Circuit Bitz boards can be made up of several different boards that are connected to each other and fit inside the standard foot print. This way during prototyping the boards can stay together until the circuits are tested. Later the boards can be broken apart and used in different locations on the final project.
We see this project as a great way for hobbyists or designers to get their hands on quality boards and partial circuits, and piece them together into their prototype; much like a puzzle.
Since everything is Open Source, the user can go to the website and download the pieces they need and cut and paste them together into their final project. This is a great way to get a jump start on your project, and it gives you a base to start from.
Where are we now?
The prototype boards are finished. See the video below of them in the process of being made. These boards were built in the USA near Pittsburgh, PA.
We have also been testing these boards. See the video below of our ADK Micro board and our ADK BT & SD shield being tested with ADK 2012 Clock from Google IO 2012.
Now we are working on making our own app to work with our ADK Micro board and ADK BT & SD Shield without the clock.
Here are our first 6 Circuit Bitz boards:
CB-00000001 12Vdc Power supply
This is a 12Vdc power supply, it also has a AC output off the second tap of the transformer.
CB-00000002 Proto Board
CB-00000003 ADK Micro
This is the brain behind Circuit Bitz. We would like to give a special thanks to the Android Open Source Project. This was our starting point for this board, and the ADK BT & SD. More info can be found on the ADK 2012 website. There is also a lot of info on their site about programming this board.
The ADK Micro board is based on the Arduino open source electronics prototyping platform.
The micro-processor is an ARM 32-bit Cortex M3.
Here is a link to the micro-processor data sheet.
There are also separate USB connections for an Android device and computer connection for programming and debugging.
CB-00000004 ADK BT & SD
This shield adds Bluetooth and SD card functionality to the ADK Micro Board.
CB-00000005 RGB LED
This board consists of 4 separate boards, and each contains 4 RGB LEDs. The LEDs can be powered from 5Vdc to 12Vdc. This way it can be powered from the micro board, a 9V battery, or a 12Vdc supply.
This board consists of 4 separate boards, and each contains 1 relay and drive transistor.
There they are, our first 6 Circuit Bitz prototypes, assembled and working.
You may have noticed the bases on a lot of the boards. We printed these with our 3D printer, and the 3D model files will also be available on our site.
Here is a simple LED edge lit sign made out of one strip of LEDs from one of our LED Circuit Bitz. The 3D model for the bottom and the cut files for the acrylic sign will also be on the website.
Take a look at our Rewards:
Everyone that pledges will have the option to have there name on our Thank you page.
$14 = 3" x 1.5" Laser engraved brass plated Founding Member Plaque
$15 = 2 Circuit Bitz Vinyl Decals each measuring approximately 4.5" x 3" one black and one white
$17 or $20 = Get one CB-00000002 Circuit Bitz Proto Board
$19 = OOPS!! We made an error on some of our prototype bare boards, so we will have them signed by the the creator of Circuit Bitz and you can get one.
$53 or $62 = One of each of the 6 Circuit Bitz Bare boards. One CB-00000001 12Vdc Power Supply, one CB-00000002 Proto Board, one CB-00000003 Micro ADK, one CB-00000004 ADK BT & SD, one CB-00000005 RGB LED, and one CB-00000006 Relay.
$117 or $127 = Get one CB-00000003 Circuit Bitz ADK Micro Board
$152 or $167 = Get one CB-00000003 Circuit Bitz ADK Micro Board with one CB-00000004 Circuit Bitz ADK BT & SD Shield
$425 = One of each of the 6 mounted Circuit Bitz boards. One CB-00000001 12Vdc Power Supply, one CB-00000002 Proto Board, one CB-00000003 Micro ADK, one CB-00000004 ADK BT & SD, one CB-00000005 RGB LED, and one CB-00000006 Relay. Also includes power cord, micro A to micro B USB cable, fuse cover, 5 3D printed Circuit Bitz board trays.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are very few risks in completing our first production run. We have already had our prototype produced at our production facilities near Pittsburgh, PA. There have been no issues during our testing, so there is no need to make changes. This production was ran only a few months ago and so we know there are no obsolete parts. Also, we added substitute parts where some had long lead times, or were difficult to find. With no changes and the same production facilities, we feel there is very little risk.
If there are any issues with parts or production we have experience in the field to resolve these issues.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.