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Bpart LLCBy Bpart LLC
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Bpart LLCBy Bpart LLC
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€3,461
pledged of €50,000pledged of €50,000 goal
43
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 24 2015 9:50 AM UTC +00:00

About

Let's imagine a world of intelligent objects, objects that can tell the story of the person that designed them and that can teach us how to use them more efficiently and responsibly. Objects that can open the door to the digital world of information and entertainment.

Self sustaining objects that power themselves using the natural energy that we can find all around us, in our ecosystem or through the movements that we make.

Let's imagine an open hardware that is simple and versatile and that can form a basis for our designs and projects.

Let's imagine this new experience and start building it.

Let's harness the power of the energy that already surrounds us.

The water that flows, the Sun that shines, the energy in every movement that we make when we interact with things everyday, every time.

We have taken this energy and used it to power the devices that we use day to day.

This could be the key to self sufficiency.

By 2020 there will be 50 billion smart 'things' all connected. This revolution needs energy. And this energy is called Bpart.

Our beacon is designed to be power efficient, it can be powered with up to 40% less power than the current battery-powered beacons on the market, at the same range. We leverage the latest advances in semiconductor technology to be able to operate on different low-power energy harvesting sources, and if running on battery our beacon can last 25% longer than the competition... or using a 30% smaller battery. 

BMUG: (Bpart magnetic plug) We designed a magnet retention system with spring-loaded power contacts for a quick replacement of the power sources, with no need for tools or training, just plug-and-play!

The devkit proposed in this campaign is just the beginning of our vision. Unlike standard ibeacons, which run on battery and emit a cyclical signal, one of the most interesting and innovative qualities of our ibeacon is that it can use both sensors and energy harvesting as triggers to emit its signal.

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Here’s the plan for this first phase of our design:

Beacon: The core of our project, the beacon will be a latest generation, highly efficient, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, capable of sensing movement and light intensity.

3 alternative energy sources:

- Solar: the beacon is charged by a small solar panel incorporated into the device’s case. Capacitors will allow it to collect a reserve of energy, making it self-sufficient.

Mechanical: the beacon is charged by a small DC motor. A 90-degree rotation is enough to activate the device in the standard version.

Fluids: the beacon can be charged by a micro-turbine that can be activated by both fluids and gases passing through.

2 traditional energy sources:

- Highly efficient rechargeable battery that can be used either as the main energy source or in bridge mode, together with one of the alternative energy sources.

- Mini-usb plug that will power the beacon using an electrical circuit, a computer, a car, external battery bank etc, but that can also recharge the battery cubes.

Alternative sources

 

Traditional sources

The bpart app is the key to running our beacons and their interactions. There is no need to know how to program, you just need your smartphone or smart-watch!

Intuitive and simple, suitable for everybody, it will allow you to connect: places, objects and people through various digital reactions.

Finally you can unleash your imagination while designing your applications.

1) THINGS: this feature allows you to add all of your 'things' 'over-the-air'. When your smartphone is in the vicinity of a beacon it will recognise the beacon's serial number and power source that you have chosen. You can chose whether to make your situation public or private or even shared with a specific contact list.

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2) PLACES: within this section you can add your 'places' (such as home or office) to your ecosystem and, like Things, set access as public or private (with a password) or again add people to a specific user list. When you enter a public place created by other users you can add it to you 'favourites', expanding your personal ecosystem.

3) REACTIONS: Thanks to this simplified and visual version of our Reaction Builder SDK digital reactions can be quickly added according to interactions with your 'things'. The system will recognise the energy source that you have selected for that beacon and automatically recommends solutions following the IF-THEN logic system. What is really innovative is that you can set up a public reaction for users who are not part of the thing's environment, as well as a private reaction to those who are.

 4)NEWS FEED: on the News Feed page you can see both the public interactions of your friends as well as their private interactions that are within your ecosystem.

The Bpart project is primarily aimed at developers. The SDK Reaction Builder will allow anyone who wants to use our beacon within their project to incorporate it into their own app.

Forget the boredom of having to study protocols, low-level APIs and hardware interfacing, we have taken care of all of that for you! You can quickly create a base for your applications and focus on your own creation.

Our SDKs enable you to do two important things: get all the tools needed to develop your own bpart apps, and quickly integrate Beacon / iBeacon functionality into any existing app with a few lines of code. Full iOS and Android compatibility

With our SDK for iOS, we have simplified Apple’s framework. Save time and focus on your functionality’s with this SDK. > iBeacon layer simplified > Signal stabilization > Pulse transition detection > Calibrate your own proximities

Since there is no default “iBeacon” support in Android, we have created a full SDK that allows you to manage beacon seamlessly : > Listen to beacon like with Apple’s iBeacon > Signal stabilization > Pulse transition detection > Calibrate your own proximities

Unity plugin of Bluetooth Low Energy for iOS and Android! This asset can be used for games and any other Unity applications. Includes an example that connects to bpart Hardware. Also includes RSSI and manufacturer specific data from the advertising packet to allow iBeacon type functionality.

For us, founding this start-up is a step towards an intelligent and efficient innovation. The Internet of Things is already changing our lives; it’s a technological revolution that seeks to optimise and simplify our lives and actions. Let's take it as given that this revolution will put energetically independent devices at our disposal. Let's imagine a future where devices are at our service, not the service of batteries.

Your support is essential to make this step.

We are already developing the Dev Kit 2, which foresees a further 4 sources of alternative energy:

What are you waiting for? bpart of the IoT! 

Federico

Risks and challenges

We are a team made up of different figures, each one is an expert in their specific field (wireless technologies, semiconductors, industrial design and materials, firmare and software development, UI/UX architecture and graphic, SDK development). From the most creative to the most technical field we have the knowledge that allows us to face any kind of challenge. The Development Kit 1 has been completed, we've already analyzed and contacted the best partners and suppliers. We have already defined the chain of production and certification (CE, FCC, UL).
The very simple and at the same time efficient shape of our product allows us to be very fast in the production and test phase before shipping the products to our customers.
We will update you constantly on the progress of the works and for those who will bpart of our community will receive important information about DevKit2 after the prototype phase.

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