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Worlds first affordable plug & play, secure, long range wireless for Arduino
Worlds first affordable plug & play, secure, long range wireless for Arduino
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£11,225

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To celebrate hitting target we are including a freebie to every pledge. Small stretch goal: If we hit £10,000 we'll ship gold plated SMA connectors too, for more info take a look at update #11

UPDATE: We've uploaded this video showing how easy it is to do a program upload over the radio. It shows Blink being uploaded normally and then uploading over wireless.

BIG update: All the schematics made Open and a technical insight to how the SRF shield is made update#8

Quick: £9.99GBP = $16.58USD = 12.26EURO (source:google)

Update: We've been asked if the SRF shield supports the exciting new Arduino Zero. GREAT NEWS, it does!

Adding stuff: to create combinations of products that are not covered by a single reward, check out our update#1

New video - first of a few (now I've figured out how to make them), shows how easy it is to install the SRF stick in Windows. Pi, Mac and Linux are as simple too.

Plug it in and write some code!

........with the SRF shield it is that easy!

Compare specifications between the XBee and our SRF shield:

✓ Range: 100m with the on-board chip antenna or up to 5Km using an external antenna (the data sheet details how to connect external antennas).

✓ Air data rate: 250Kbps over the air (can be changed)

✓ Serial data rate: 115,200bps (can be changed)

Proven radios: The technology employed on the shield has had over 40 million hours running in the field

✓ Encryption Standard: 128 bit AES, no other product at this price is as secure.

✓ Different networks: create up to 65,000 different networks (selectable PANID)

✓ Network types: Point to point, point to multipoint, multipoint to point and multipoint to multipoint.

✓ Thousands of software examples: Any Arduino project that uses the XBee for serial comms will work the same.

✓ No library required: Similarly priced, older technologies use up valuable memory with background driver software, the SRF shield doesn't.

All this great stuff as well:

1. FLEXIBLE! User selectable frequency: 868Mhz to 915Mhz

2. UNIQUE TO US! Over the air programming: You can program your Arduino straight from the IDE without any hardware hacks or extra software.

3. YOUR LIFE IS EASIER! Jumper free uploads: No need to remove the shield, change jumpers or flip switches when uploading (unlike XBee shields).

4. BE THE CREATOR! Going beyond prototypes: If you want to build your own products using the SRF module,it can be bought for as little as £5.76 ex VAT http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/srf-wireless-rf-radio-surface-mount/

5. BATTERY SIPPING! Supports HypaLO: The SRF sleeps at a minuscule 0.2ua and can be used as a sleep timer: Arduino based wireless devices can now snooze for decades on 2xAA batteries.

7. INTERNET OF THINGS! Supports LLAP: LLAP is the worlds easiest way to talk to Internet of Things nodes. Example sketches can be downloaded license free which means you can build and sell your own IoT devices and even mix these with off the shelf products and devices from others.

8. Compliant! FCC, ETSI and C Tick, our software registers give full access to all the Ti underlying frequencies so you can configure for any locale in the world.

Reward Levels

The reward levels range from a single SRF Shield, to various packs which are combinations of our cutting edge wireless devices.

How easy is it actually?

This is how quickly and simply you can send data with an Arduino, here's a full sketch to send 'hello world' to another wireless device such as a USB dongle plugged into your PC.

void setup() {
  pinMode(8, OUTPUT);
  digitalWrite(8, HIGH);
  Serial.begin(115200);
  Serial.println("Hello, World");
}

Why Kickstarter?

Making great hardware at a revolutionary price is hard and expensive. We have a passion for coming up with cool technology...however making it and delivering it at low, low prices means producing in big batches. Bigger than we have ever done before.

With your support (in pledging for hardware or telling your friends about the SRF shield) it's possible to achieve the momentum to kick off the first big batch of SRF shield production.

From the first sparks

Lots of people have heard of our XRF modules and use them with the Arduino. Being Xbee shaped it requires an adapter shield, this adds bulk and extra cost. This isn't great for anyone, so we took our great XRF radio........


...........and squished it down onto a single integrated board. Here's a picture of the first SRF shield prototype we did, you'll note we changed the name and a lot of the legends but little else. From this we made a number of early boards to gauge what people's thoughts were ..................they loved it! Making it now in big numbers at such a great price is the huge challenge we now face.

Quality guarantee!

Refunds are extremely rare (if not unheard of) on Kickstarter.....we are so confident that anyone can use our wireless technology by simply following the instructions, that if you can't: Simply return the item(s) and we'll give you a full refund on each item returned.

Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things is a topic rapidly gathering momentum.
It's fast looking like the biggest wave in technology since steam (I'm not kidding). It's about joining "stuff" to data networks that's not a smart-phone or PC.
Today it's seen as your smoke alarm, heating controller, lights and other house related "things", however, it's tomorrow that really excites us......

Many of the innovative IoT projects being built are about making us healthier, making the world more accessible to those who are disabled, people fighting climate change, right through to building things "because you can".

All these new ideas depend on joining up "things" into interconnected networks. The problem has until now been, you need a lot of knowledge to create wireless electronics to make these "things". That is why Ciseco exists, to create a world where you CAN!. You see, it's our passion to put wireless where it's never been before, our purpose:

Delivering wireless technology that's so exceptionally easy to use, it feeds the limitless imagination of "us" "ordinary people" into creating astonishing "things".

The idea of taking complex technology and taming it to a point where anyone (we mean anyone), can build wireless IoT devices on their kitchen table, causes us all to get really excited. The Ciseco Wireless Inventors Kit for the Raspberry Pi uses the same radio technology and recently came runner up in the Postscapes 2013 "Best IoT Open Source Product".

IoT step by step videos?..........

We are after the Kickstarter going to shoot a weekly video channel on how to use our radios to "do stuff". This is so you can build your own Internet of Things devices. Some will be simple things like a doorbell for the deaf which simultaneously tweets someone else (a neighbour perhaps), through to using systems like MQTT and NodeRed to automate your office or home.

Things people have said about us recently

Peter Day - BBC Radio 4 In Business - "visionary"

Gareth Halfacree - Co author of the Raspberry Pi manual said of the Wireless Inventors Kit for the Raspberry PI: "the simplest platform for experimenting with wireless sensor networks I’ve ever seen

“If I didn't already have a job, I'd want one with you!”
Rob Wilmot - Co Founder of Freeserve

Who are we?

Ciseco are half a dozen geeks in Nottingham(UK), all of us are camera shy except weird Will, he'll do anything for a laugh. Our business supplies wireless technology that's really easy to use. Most of our customers are enthusiasts making stuff they cant buy (or is very costly to buy). Many people know us for selling Raspberry Pi add-ons and Arduino based kits.

Other radios in the Ciseco range

We have close to a dozen Radios now that all share the same proven technology, the differences are mainly what type of connector it has. To see the wider range, visit our online shop

http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/rf-module-range/

Fulfilment plan

Having set a tight delivery schedule, we are preparing to deliver the SRF shield in the same timely fashion as our previous Kickstarter projects. The milestones are

Week 1

  • Project is funded
  • PCB's are ordered
  • Manufacture is scheduled
  • Data sheet is released

Week 2

  • Software examples are published

Week 3

  • Shipping of fully built and tested modules

Risks and challenges

We know we have set a very tight schedule of delivery and that's not always common with Kickstarter projects. Because of our earlier successful Kickstarter projects, we have learnt how to do things in an efficient manner and have all the facilities to react "on time" in house (pick & place, reflow oven etc). We will begin making the modules the day we (hopefully) hit target. This will mean we will be ready to start shipping the same week we receive the funds from Kickstarter.

In the event we get much greater support than our target, we will be keeping all our suppliers continuously updated so they know what parts we need and by when. The greatest delay is always PCB's. Our current turn around is just over 2 weeks. We would therefore expect no greater delay than 3 weeks even if many thousands of people pledge.

We have devised a strategy to cope with machine breakdowns by using the same production machinery at a different company. It'll involve working nights, its there IF we need it. If ten thousand or more are pledged we will find it very hard to ship so quickly. We can produce 550 a day, this will add at least 2 weeks to the delivery dates for some people. Anything over 10,000 and we will look to contract the production out to Tioga in Derby, they will be able to meet 6,000 per day.

We think we have taken into account all the obvious risks. If for any reason something else happens beyond this, we will make sure all backers are kept up to date with daily updates. We've seen in other peoples projects how unhappy people become if the are left in the dark.

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    A single SRF Shield. Use your new SRF shield to communicate with any other Ciseco radio. (price includes delivery within the UK)

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    Pledge £22 or more About $37

    An SRF shield and a Slice of Radio. The worlds easiest way to wirelessly connect your Arduino to a Raspberry Pi. (price includes delivery within the UK)

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    A pair of SRF shields, for making Arduino to Arduino communications a breeze. (price includes delivery within the UK)

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    An SRF Shield and an SRF stick (USB dongle). For Windows, Linux, Mac and Android devices with OTG and serial support. (price includes delivery within the UK)

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    Pledge £90 or more About $153

    CHANGE YOUR WORLD! An SRF shield to prototype your projects on your Arduino, then a pack of 10 SRF surface mount modules to put into your deployed devices. Includes delivery within the UK.

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    Pledge £645 or more About $1,095

    GO SELL STUFF! There's enough kit here that from your Arduino you can prototype your first devices. Then download the free footprints for the SRF with which you can make your first 100 products! Turn yourself into your own little IoT cottage industry

    it's not impossible

    we did it :)

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