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LabReconBy LabRecon
First created
LabReconBy LabRecon
First created
$2,010
pledged of 3.000 $pledged of 3.000 $ goal
28
backers
38days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, June 28 2019 3:40 PM UTC +00:00.

About

  • LabRecon software and hardware empowers beginners and experts alike to create beautiful GUIs (graphical user interface) using its drag-and-drop panel/website editor.
  • A built-in server allows access to the panel from browsers running on computers or mobile devices.
  • Custom functionality is achieved with the graphical programming editor.

Hardware Design

The LabRecon Breadboard Experimentor allows LabRecon to interface to the real world.  The device can be configured to realize various combinations of the following: 

  • 8 Analog Inputs (12-bit, 0 to 5V)
  • 1 Count/Frequency Input
  • 1 Quadrature/Frequency Input Pair
  • 7 Digital On/Off Inputs/Outputs
  • 4 PWM Outputs
  • 4 Servo Outputs
  • Outputs for 2 Stepper Motors
  • I2C interfaces for 24bit ADCs, 12/16bit DACs, port expanders
BBExp2 Schematic
BBExp2 Schematic

Detailed, open-source hardware documentation is available.

Design Custom Interfaces Easily

A fully configurable strip chart allows historical data, for up to 20 parameters, to be incorporated into the Web page.

The Web page is built by dragging customizable objects onto LabRecon’s Web page editor “Panel”.  LabRecon generates HTML/HTML5, CSS, and Javascript on-the-fly as the page is built.

Simple Take on Advanced Programming

“Back end” functionality is graphically programed by adding and wiring functions on LabRecon’s “Wiring” window.  Functionality can supplemented with code written in Java, Javascript, C/C++, Python, etc. using LabRecon’s CodeLink feature.

The Code Link feature allows the incorporation of code from Python, Java, JavaScript, C++, C#, and more in order to extend wiring functionality.

The built-in Remote File Transfer allows editing of the web page on the server from a remote location.

Educational Application

LabRecon serves as an environment where you can create any simulation using the software to visualize it and use it as a teaching tool. There are dozens of sample projects, such as the simulation of trajectory with drag forces, included for free within LabRecon software with no external hardware required.

Trajectory with Drag
Trajectory with Drag

Extensive Databases of Components

LabRecon’s “Measurement Wizard” uses a built-in database of over 500 commercially available sensors to help the user select and interface to sensors.  This helps free the user from being tied to a limited set of compatible modules.

Integrate with Mobile Devices

Built-In MQTT Broker
Built-In MQTT Broker

Cross-Platform Compatibility

Windows, OSX, Linux*

*Linux versions require Wine to operate.

Application Showcase

Thermostat
Thermostat

 By measuring the relative temperature and humidity in a room, you can monitor them using this thermostat to track changes over time, get notified when temperature falls below a point, or even control the temperature directly through LabRecon software.

Sentry Tank Bot
Sentry Tank Bot

Web-controlled bot with a camera attached. You can move the bot by controlling the direction and speed of the movement, and rotate the camera.

Model Rocket Launcher
Model Rocket Launcher

Customized model rocket launcher which allows you to control the launch angle. Other peripherals such as lights and alarms are attached which respond to the controls for the rocket.

Photovoltaic Lamp
Photovoltaic Lamp

 LabRecon controlled photovoltaic lamp.

Nerf Gun
Nerf Gun

Nerf gun equipped with a humidifier to simulate fog, a servo that allows rotation of the device, green and red lasers, a webcam, and a spotlight. The gun is accurate enough to easily knock down empty bottles at a distance of 15+ meters.

Mouse Trap
Mouse Trap
Miller Urey
Miller Urey
Hurt Jacket
Hurt Jacket
Fish Bot
Fish Bot
3D Printer
3D Printer

Production

The Breadboard Experimentor started as a mostly through-hole board and evolved to a primarily surface mount board to lower production costs.  The LabRecon chip on the breadboard was moved to the circuit board to free up breadboard space. 

Four boards are laid out in each panel to lower the cost of board assembly. 


 An initial run of boards from our contract manufacturer. 


The Backstory

The hardware and software developer, Joe Barbetta, had originally developed custom controller boards for fuel cell applications, such as hydrogen powered cars.  These controllers had a simple text based interface and Joe became determined to create the best GUI (graphical user interface) possible.  The software evolved into a fully customizable GUI combined with a graphical programming environment.  Joe was also driven to make the best possible graphics so users can create beautiful GUIs for their projects.

The Breadboard Experimentor was envisioned as a convenient platform for users to interface their projects to the LabRecon software.


 About Me

Joe Barbetta, founder of LabRecon
Joe Barbetta, founder of LabRecon

 Years ago, Joe Barbetta had a moment of inspiration while atop the Great Pyramid in Egypt, to design the best measurement and control software.

At the time, his fuel cell controller boards were being used in one of the first hydrogen cars and various military and government projects, but they used a simple serial text interface.

After writing over 250,000 lines of code in assembler, VB6, C, Javascript, HTML, and CSS, his software has evolved into a rich development and simulation environment with its own graphical programming language and IOT (Internet of Things) capabilities.  Joe Barbetta has also been an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology since 1997 and has been mentoring high school seniors from the Bergen Acadamies since 2000. He can be found in his lab in the Englewood, NJ industrial park.

Risks and challenges

There really are none. We have about 100 boards ready to go and if we need more we have our assembly contractor all set. One can also download the software from our website to start building your GUIs at https://labrecon.com/Downloads.html

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