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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 22 2019 12:04 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hello World of Kickstarter, We are Hero Mechatronics!

HeroCore is designed and made in Europe (Italy), by enthusiastic makers.

HeroCore takes the functionality of an Arduino Mega, but loses its ugly bits, makes it smaller, much nicer to work with, more accessible, and much much SEXIER

As a result you can take HeroCore further and apply it to projects where a plain ordinary Arduino Mega would be a nonstarter!

  • It works with Arduino IDE (shows up as Mega)
  • It is compatible with ALL the sensors and breakout boards for UNO and Mega
  • It is compatible with ALL the sketches and tutorials of UNO and Mega
  • It has the same bootloader of Mega (stk500v2)
  • It is compatible to devices  USB-OTG

It truly is a Mega, but in a different form factor!

See our Instagram for nice videos about HeroCore, here

All the functionalities of the Mega, plus tons more!
All the functionalities of the Mega, plus tons more!

What  they say about HerCore!

About the kickstarter Project

We created this kickstarter campaign in order to be able to launch mass production of HeroCore-ONE, and make the project take off. 

Disclaimer: HeroCore is COMPATIBLE to above technologies, but it has no affiliation to them
Disclaimer: HeroCore is COMPATIBLE to above technologies, but it has no affiliation to them
Here are the first prints of HeroCore, that I have been working with for a few months now, without issues
Here are the first prints of HeroCore, that I have been working with for a few months now, without issues

HeroCore IN THE NEWS!!

hackster.io wrote an article about HeroCore! Read it here!

 Our Stretch Goals

  • 50K---->HeroCore-ONE will ship in an elegant BOX with pinout diagram on a business card
  • Other stretch goals will come as the previous is reached

Why did we do it?

We wanted YOU to have a microcontroller that makes you have visions of cool products! We want you to reach for the stage of mass production with beautiful projects thanks to your new mindset. The mindset of making beautiful things will take you there. Even your old projects will benefit greatly from just switching to HeroCore!

HeroCore with female headers
HeroCore with female headers

 What ports/pins are different from Arduino MEGA?

None, they simply are in diferent and more intelligent places, and some have extra new features. You can power it via USB cable or from the PCB it sits on. 

(voltage divider will be for up to 50V in final version)
(voltage divider will be for up to 50V in final version)
For the 3.3V i tested 750mA on prototypes, and work great. Final version will be designed for 1000mA. NOTICE how pins are arranged to rebuild the PORTS that were broken in Arduino Mega. Board can be powered via USB cable or any 5v pin.
For the 3.3V i tested 750mA on prototypes, and work great. Final version will be designed for 1000mA. NOTICE how pins are arranged to rebuild the PORTS that were broken in Arduino Mega. Board can be powered via USB cable or any 5v pin.
This code shows how easy it is to manage the LEDs, since they are connected to 16 special digital GPIOs: PORT A and PORT B
This code shows how easy it is to manage the LEDs, since they are connected to 16 special digital GPIOs: PORT A and PORT B
Arduino Mega with Wifi vs HeroCore with Wifi (ESP-01)
Arduino Mega with Wifi vs HeroCore with Wifi (ESP-01)
here you can see HeroCore plugged directly into 16 relays. On the other side you can put 16 more, for a total of 32, All this without external supply of current!
here you can see HeroCore plugged directly into 16 relays. On the other side you can put 16 more, for a total of 32, All this without external supply of current!
HeroCore topped by Servox16 module. Each Servo has own LED! Up to 20A current total, and 10A on single Servo. Yep, you read that all right
HeroCore topped by Servox16 module. Each Servo has own LED! Up to 20A current total, and 10A on single Servo. Yep, you read that all right
My music amplifier with HeroCore . I LOVE IT! There is NO microcontroller you could put there, without it looking ugly and out of place, except for HeroCore
My music amplifier with HeroCore . I LOVE IT! There is NO microcontroller you could put there, without it looking ugly and out of place, except for HeroCore

 Program it and read serial from your phone or rugged tablet!

As a HERO you might need to program your Core from a place that a PC cant reach. HeroCore can be programmed via android phone with an IDE that is exactly like Arduino IDE, and has serial monitor capabilities too. (last time I used it I was testing an accelerometer on a bike. Cant really do that with a laptop)

monitor your data and program your Core like a HERO! See the full video on our instagram!
monitor your data and program your Core like a HERO! See the full video on our instagram!
Here is the pinout you are used to seeing around on the web, adapted for HeroCore!
Here is the pinout you are used to seeing around on the web, adapted for HeroCore!

 The main PERKS (there are some more)

Note: If you want the headers to be soldered, specify so in the survey
Note: If you want the headers to be soldered, specify so in the survey
With Virtuino app you can send commands to HeroCore via WiFi over the internet, or via secure local network (no internet, but peer to peer), or over bluetooth. WiFi has a range of 600 feet (200 m) with clear line of sight
With Virtuino app you can send commands to HeroCore via WiFi over the internet, or via secure local network (no internet, but peer to peer), or over bluetooth. WiFi has a range of 600 feet (200 m) with clear line of sight

 Check this video to understand the features listed

Here you can see all my tests, some modules, and some versions of HeroCore using differeent headers arrangements
Here you can see all my tests, some modules, and some versions of HeroCore using differeent headers arrangements

 What skills are needed?

If you know how to program Arduino UNO or MEGA, all of their tutorials apply to this board 1:1. Inside the IDE of Arduino it shows up as ATMega2560 based board, like the MEGA.

 LETS COMPARE WITH A TABLE 

Here you can compare some of the differences between HeroCore and Arduino Mega. The 3.3V source will be 1000mA, after due tests, in the final version. The prototype has 750mA
Here you can compare some of the differences between HeroCore and Arduino Mega. The 3.3V source will be 1000mA, after due tests, in the final version. The prototype has 750mA

 We have 4 promises for you

Promise ONE

HeroCore-ONE will not be followed by other models or other versions that will discontinue compatibility. It comes in different styles, colors, with or without headers or silkscreen but… it's ONE

Promise TWO

HeroCore-ONE will have SUPPORT for as long as TWO DECADES, yes, 20 years! Deploy our Cores into large, long term projects and have them running and supported for a decade, or TWO

Promise THREE

HeroCore-ONE will have constant improvements in materials, technology and grade. You must be able to tell yourself and your clients that in your hands you are holding the best you can find out THERE

Promise FOUR

HeroCore ONE will have an ever increasing number of Modules for You to make use of all the latest and best technologies. That is what we will be constantly working FOR 

Here is our winning hand!
Here is our winning hand!

Details of the FEATURES

We added many many features! You don't need to learn them right away, because you can use the board as a normal MEGA, but when you are ready... here is what we have for you

All pictures below show you what connections you would need to make, if you used a simple Arduino Mega instead of HeroCore

16 BEAUTIFUL LEDS OF BLUE COLOR (MORE COLORS WITH STRETCH GOALS)

Have you ever felt the need to just use LEDs as debug, or to make an entire cool program based on them? On HeroCore you got 8x2 blue tiny beautiful LEDs. And you can still use every pin they are attached to!
Have you ever felt the need to just use LEDs as debug, or to make an entire cool program based on them? On HeroCore you got 8x2 blue tiny beautiful LEDs. And you can still use every pin they are attached to!

 Direct plugin of  ESP-01

YES, you read that right. This is the only microcontroller in the world that has direct plugin for the most famous and cheapest WiFi in the world, the ESP-01. It is attached to Serial3, with integrated level shift for 3.3V. Your MCU will become a dualCORE with wifi, adding 32 bit processing @ 80MHz to it!
YES, you read that right. This is the only microcontroller in the world that has direct plugin for the most famous and cheapest WiFi in the world, the ESP-01. It is attached to Serial3, with integrated level shift for 3.3V. Your MCU will become a dualCORE with wifi, adding 32 bit processing @ 80MHz to it!

 Direct plug in of OLED display, with I2C 

Do you need to display data and want to be like the cool kids that make everything visual? Or maybe you are planning the smalles videogame board based on ATMega2560? Just plug in an OLED display, directly! It can be combined with wifi as well, that fits right below it!
Do you need to display data and want to be like the cool kids that make everything visual? Or maybe you are planning the smalles videogame board based on ATMega2560? Just plug in an OLED display, directly! It can be combined with wifi as well, that fits right below it!

 Direct plugin for 4 Servos

Have you ever tried to just plug a simple servo into an UNO or MEGA? You can't! just for plugging one simple servo you need an external board. With HeroCore you get 4 direct plugs for Servos! Use the normal servo library, and you are set.
Have you ever tried to just plug a simple servo into an UNO or MEGA? You can't! just for plugging one simple servo you need an external board. With HeroCore you get 4 direct plugs for Servos! Use the normal servo library, and you are set.

 8 toggle switches on the backside 

Things you can do with them: select what garden areas to include, out of 8; assign the last byte of an IP (192.168.1.XXX), know what HeroCore you grabbed from your table; Choose what program to run on start-up.
Things you can do with them: select what garden areas to include, out of 8; assign the last byte of an IP (192.168.1.XXX), know what HeroCore you grabbed from your table; Choose what program to run on start-up.

 HeroCore mounted on a larger board

We will soon release boards for 3D printing, that you wont need to hide, thanks to their beauty
We will soon release boards for 3D printing, that you wont need to hide, thanks to their beauty

 And... for those who like t-shirts, here is a cool one

These t-shirts are in the perks (left is female, right is male. We have all sizes. If you forget to tell me the size and/or model i will ask you ;) )
These t-shirts are in the perks (left is female, right is male. We have all sizes. If you forget to tell me the size and/or model i will ask you ;) )
Bonus Image: Our early prototype! We used this one to test the size of LEDs, traces, holes, caps, diodes etc... and of course their quality and specs.
Bonus Image: Our early prototype! We used this one to test the size of LEDs, traces, holes, caps, diodes etc... and of course their quality and specs.

Risks and challenges

The prototype is done, and works perfectly, so that is out of the question. I had it printed by two suppliers, and one looks better than the other. I will try a couple more suppliers, so that i can find the one that makes it PERFECT, even under a microscope. I am dedicating my life to this, so if anything goes wrong, ill be on it right away.

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