About your CBT
The Kickstarter is done. Long live the CANBus Triple.
Coming around the final bend!
Yesterday morning we sent out the last CANBus Triples to international backers. It's been a most crazy 6 months of my life. I honestly never expected to get so much support, or be faced with building so many copies of my little creation.
Thank you for believing in (me) a dude on the internet you've (probably) never met face to face.
Thank you for being patient and sending words of encouragement, it truly helped me through the madness.
Thank you for your support and believing in the platform.
Into the future
It's been a truly amazing ride. But the best part is this is only the beginning. Every waking minute of my time since the launch of the kickstarter campaign has been devoted to making this happen. I have not had the time to properly finish the firmware and software (app) for your consumption. This will happen over the next week or two. Also, I need to better document the platform so that you can easily execute your own ideas. This is top priority and will be also happen over the next week or so. Be sure to join up on the forum or follow @CANBusTriple on twitter.
I will also be working on the new site and store so that people who messages about buying another CBT, or those who missed the campaign can join in.
If you're a US backer you should definitely have your CBT by now. If you do not please contact me asap so that I can look into it.
Stay tuned to the community, exciting times ahead. Stay Awesome. – Derek
Here is a quick video of the crazy awesome pick and place machine assembling the CBT panels. Once each panel is assembled it goes into a vapor phase soldering machine for reflow. Then finally it goes into a crazy cool 3D AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) machine that checks each and every part on the PCBA. It's pretty awesome stuff.
Here are all the CBT Panels with bottom components populated, awaiting the top components.
We received the first assembled panel today.
And we should have all the completed panels delivered this week! With all of the preparation out of the way all I have left to do is flash the assemblies and run QA / Self tests. Then your CANBus Triple will be shipped off to your doorstep so you can get hacking!
I've optimized the process as much as possible so it shouldn't take too long. I hope to start shipping end of this week, or beginning of next week.
If you have not filled out the Shipping survey sent to you by kickstarter please do so asap. Some people still have not done so.
Your device will be shipped in order of your backer number, so first come first serve. Or should I say FIFO.
Here is the first fully assembled and tested CBT. Thanks CANBACKERS!
Time for an update. As you know the two week delay from the circuit board assembly vendor pushed us into the holidays, causing more delays. But spoke with them last week and they said that they should be able to start delivering batches of assembled units this week or next. Again, I appreciate everyones patience. I really did not want this to be another kickstarter campaign that runs past it's deadline. I did however learn a new equation!
Vendor Timing Estimates * 2 = Actual Time
Last week before the xmas break the aluminum cases came back from the anodizing vendor and were laser etched. They are awesome!
And after laser etching:
Here is a video of the laser, sorry about the quality ( or lack thereof. )
I've been spending my holiday break finishing and testing the OBDII cables. I took on assembling 1000 of them myself to help fit the cost of the upgraded aluminum housings into the budget, and my hands are killing me! How to use them will be outlined on the 'Getting Started' page on the new web site once I get that done. One thing to know is two wires in the OBDII connector are not connected, and can be used for an optional second bus. Ford and Mazda I know expose the MS bus on the OBD connector, so if your wheels are Mazda or FoMoCo you can quickly solder those two connections in the housing.
I chose these larger connectors for their ease of modification. They are a little large and clunky, but easier to work with. I didn't want to go with a sealed connector that would be hard to modify.
In the last update I mentioned the test jig I made with a TI Launchpad. It basically just sends current through each pin on the 2.54mm IDC side, and checks the state of each pin on the OBDII connector. This identifies the correct connections are present, and no shorts or errors are present. It adds an extra step to the build but I do not like the idea of sending out anything untested.
I didn't feel like talking about it, but in the video you see I press the button on the Launchpad to start the test and after about a second the green LED illuminates. This tells me the cable passed. Then I unplug the OBDII cable and press the switch again, the LED illuminates blue to indicate a failure and blinks to let me know which pin it failed on. Also the serial console kicks out some info to help me figure out what the problem was, but I didn't show that in the video.
Make sure to join the community forums at http://forum.canb.us
We will be sending units out in no time, I can't wait to see what you will do with CANBus Triple!