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MX$ 37,210
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 3 2018 5:03 AM UTC +00:00
MX$ 37,210
pledged of MX$ 650,000pledged of MX$ 650,000 goal
59
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 3 2018 5:03 AM UTC +00:00

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Proof of Concept

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Review Meow Meow (spanish)
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Revista SG Nº57
Revista SG Nº57
Meow Meow is an adorable dev board that turns anything into a keyboard
Meow Meow is an adorable dev board that turns anything into a keyboard
 

Welcome People!

Meow Meow is a electronic board that allows you to connect different objects to a computer and interact with it, since you can convert many everyday objects into touch panels that send signals to the computer, and allows you to use it as a conventional keyboard,  you can even connect them to the internet!

Meow Meow was designed by Electronic Cats and wants to encourage experimentation, both for beginners and experts, who want to interact with the real world (physical) and with digital world. For this reason, it can be applied in visual and arts, music... engineering, etc. Even, for purposes of physical rehabilitation and related to the interaction between man and technology.

What can i do?

The possibilities are so many, that it only depends on you. Using it is as easy as loading a web page with the application of a piano that you can play with your conventional keyboard, but what if instead of using the keys on your keyboard, you could use something more fun, like bananas, or apples or even several people? Now do the same but with an online game like PacMan that you can control with arrows that you have drawn with pencil on paper!

Meow Meow includes everything you need to make it work: a Meow Meow Card and 10 alligator cables and a USB cable.

How it works? 

Meow Meow uses capacitance sensors to detect when a connection has been made, even with materials that are not as conductive, such as sheets of paper, play dough or people. Meow Meow can act like a keyboard or a mouse and includes ten input connections on the front, which can be attached via alligator-tipped cables or any other electrical conductor you can think of. It also has another ten input connections on the back, four for SPI, two for I2C, two serial ports and two for I2S, you can access all these ports through jumpers or by means of expansion cards (which we will call Backpacks) .

Imagine that you connect an apple to the Meow Meow and then connect the board to the computer. Connect an apple to one of the Meow Meow input connections and then connect the card to a USB port on your computer, your Meow Meow card will be recognized as an ordinary keyboard (or mouse). Now, when you touch the apple, the computer will detect as if it were an oppressed key. Meow Meow works with all operating systems, programs and web pages, since it emulates a normal keyboard.

Who is Meow Meow for?

It is really for everyone: artists, children, educators, engineers, designers, inventors, creators and more.

What materials work with Meow Meow?

It can work with any material that conducts a little electricity. Here we tell you some examples that the assistants of our workshops have used: Ketchup, pencil graphite, finger paint, lemons, and many more!

Other materials that works very well are: plants, coins, cutlery, everything that is wet, most of the food, aluminum foil, water and hundreds of things that we have not yet tried, but that you can try and share.

The kit contains: 

  • 1 Meow Meow Electronic Board 
  • 1 Micro USB Cable 
  • 1 Meow Meow sticker 
  • 10 Small alligator clip

Education 

The Meow Meow is an ideal resource to be used in education, since it allows children, young and not so young, to apply their knowledge to generate creative and ingenious projects. From playing video games, going through digital music with very rare objects from the real world, to programming interactions with LEDs, motors and even small robots. Users can venture into areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) by encouraging creativity and solving small mathematical or logical problems. In addition, it can serve to venture into areas such as electronics, programming and robotics, since it is very easy to connect motors, screens and programs that allow interaction depending on what the student decides to do. Thanks to the maker movement, today Meow Meow users can explore, learn and create in an easy and fun way.

Block programming with MakeCode

Meow Meow supports being programmed through the Microsoft MakeCode platform, which allows people of all ages and environments to program the Meow Meow to add new sensors and actuators connected to their pins. The interface allows you to experiment in real time with loops, events and complex programming behaviors. We have tested the application with children of all ages (and adults as well) to make it the smoothest introduction to electronic circuit programming.

Makecode for Meow Meow versión beta: http://makercode.electroniccats.com/

Beta of MakeCode for Meow Meow
Beta of MakeCode for Meow Meow

Programming with Arduino

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE

It is ideal for those who are programming and want to move to the next level and / or for those who have more advanced knowledge in this topic. Meow Meow is fully compatible with the Arduino software platform and all its available libraries for adding sensors and actuators to the board. It is easy to integrate using the Arduino Board Manager with a compatible preloaded bootloader.

Open Hardware

All hardware and software will be fully open, available to study and modify in accordance with the Certification OSHWA MX0003.

Repository and manual: https://github.com/ElectronicCats/MeowMeow/wiki

Open source Hardware Certification
Open source Hardware Certification

“Backpacks” or Expansión 

Prototype backpack BLE Keyboard and Mouse
Prototype backpack BLE Keyboard and Mouse

By now, we focus on the Meow Meow to get it out as quickly as possible, but we have planned a complete line of integrated accessories called backpacks. These, will give the Meow Meow even more capabilities, such as: A communication module to allow multiple Meow Meow to communicate with each other directly. A bluetooth communication module and battery so you can connect it to your computer without having a USB cable. Meow Meow is an extensible platform that allows you to create and add your own accessories with a 3D printer and hardware designed by yourself to be free hardware.

Technical aspects:

  • Entrada de alimentación: 3.5V-6.0V 
  • VCC: 800mA @3.3V SAMD21G18 
  •  VCC:1.62-3.63V 
  •  Arm Cortex-M0 + (32-bit) 
  •  Flash: 256KB 
  •  SRAM: 32KB 
  •  ADC: 12-bit 
  •  48MHz 
  •  RTC 
  • USB 2.1 

Comparative

Comparative other boards
Comparative other boards

Events

Events where we will be

Meow Meow in World Maker Faire New York!
Meow Meow in World Maker Faire New York!
7 september Bajio Mini Maker Faire, Leon, Guanajuato
7 september Bajio Mini Maker Faire, Leon, Guanajuato
  
10-14 september Semana del emprendedor
10-14 september Semana del emprendedor

Electronic Cats Team 

Andres Sabas 

  • Electronics engineer by Instituto Tecnológico de Aguascalientes 
  • Director of Electrónic Cats 
  • Co-Founder of The Inventor’s House Hackerspace

Passionate about electronics and open hardware, Andres likes to share what he makes on Hackster.io and Instructables. He is a maker with heart, a LoRa evangelist and music lover.

 Eduardo Contreras 

Eduardo Contreras is an electronics engineer with a passion for developing technology and science. He is co-founder of Electronic Cats, where. he has developed products such as educational satellites (Can-Sat's), Meow meow and other boards. Eduardo is also a member of The Inventor's House, a hackerspace dedicated to the dissemination of science and technology. As part of the hunger for sharing knowledge, he has participated in various hackathons, lectures, talks and technology workshops, as well as advising students of engineering in the development of their school and extracurricular projects. 

Ignacio Acosta 

Engineering. Passions for science and technological development

Felipe L Valero

Computer Systems Engineer from the Aguascalientes Autonomous University. Master in Information Technology from the Interamerican University.  Was Working at the Mexican Space Agency until 2016, and co-founder at "The Inventor's House" Hackerspace. Passionate about developing aerospace projects in young Mexican students, he generated Mexico's largest simultaneous launch of 30 Pico Satellites using LoRa technology, along with The Inventor's House team. He's enthusiastic about the maker movement and Information Technology security.

 Rocio Rodriguez 

Electronic Engineer from the Aguascalientes Polytechnic University. Passionate about learning new things. Always trying to mix technology with anything. I like to share what I know and motivate children to follow steps of the technology. Dance lover. 

 Partners

Proyectil

Proyectil Mx Founded in 2014 by a multidisciplinary team, with the purpose of focusing on the research and development of exponential technologies to catalyze competitive and innovative projects in different industries; Proyectil Mx emerges as an alternative to traditional industrial design or engineering companies to bring the best of both worlds, integrating design, development and technological implementation to increase the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and companies in the fourth industrial revolution.

The human capital of Proyectil Mx is composed of specialists in different branches of engineering, such as son: electronics, mechanics, robotics, programming and automation; There is also an industrial design team expert in various manufacturing processes and prototyping; More than half of the team has postgraduate degrees in different areas of technology and science.

With more than 130 projects completed successfully (2015 - 2018) and applying the methodologies of design and life cycle of the product, ProyectiMx has the necessary experience to transform an idea into a prototype and a prototype in a finished product, complying with the quality standards demanded by the current market and always seeking to exceed the expectations of the client.

Made with ❤︎ in Aguascalientes, México

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
At Electrónic Cats we are ready to start making Meow Meow, and we are nervous but excited to launch our our first kickstarter campaign. We know that logistics can be a challenge for the delivery and distribution of the final product.

We know that there is a risk in the timely delivery of all materials by our suppliers, that is why we will review everything and not miss any details in the planning to be able to deliver on time to all our backers.

In the event that we have a much larger number of orders than we have set our goal to meet, we will face additional challenges in the supply and packaging of the kit, which may require restructuring our production timeline.

We do not want to delay any of the tasks on our timeline, so if we see the number of orders growing enough during the campaign, we will establish agreements with our primary PCB suppliers, assembly and packaging so that everyone can have their Meow Meow on time.

Being in communication with you, our fantastic sponsors, could prove to be another challenge while we are all busy producing, sorting, packing and shipping kits.
Our team does not have as much experience in large-scale production or the experience of Kickstarter campaigns. That's why we'll try to make sure that the entire Electronic Cats team is available in both the Kickstarter Q & A forum and via email to respond to any information requests or questions you may encounter when using the Meow Meow and kits

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