Yooquik® is the new Open Source Bluetooth® Arduino® compatible security system managed from your tablet/smartphone and cloud connected.
Yooquik® is the new Open Source Bluetooth® Arduino® compatible security system managed from your tablet/smartphone and cloud connected. Read more
About this project
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Yooquik is the new open source wireless security system. It is based on an ARM microcontroller that manage a three axis accelerometer and a three axis magnetometer. The bluetooth connectivity allow your tablet/smartphone to become a brain for your home security alarm.
Hi, I’m Marcello Gesmundo, the Yooquik creator. I’m an electronic engineer and I designed the Yooquik hardware and software to make sure that each user can use it in the most intuitive way. Some years ago I was on vacation and I had a problem with my old home alarm system: that was the moment when I decided to create a new security system that would allow me to be sure about what was happening at my home. Why yet another new one? Because the existing ones could not be customized or integrated with other devices or other personal projects. It had to be based on a simple gateway alarm where the software only could determine its functionality. It had to be Open Source! Why not using the iPad you used before buying the new one? Why not using Apple HomeKit today? Because it’s not open, you can’t customize it and you can’t connect to anything else you need!
On February 2014 with my friends from Acme Systems I presented at Nuremberg Embedded World fair the first Yooquik developer board for the automation purpose. But I wanted more: an entire security system without a mainboard! At the end of 2014 I designed the new bluetooth Yooquik device assembled at early 2015 and today I start this campaign to begin a large production for the end users and the makers! I need your help to create a large community of makers and developers to expand this vision.
Yooquik project is dedicated to my wife Antonella and my children Davide and Valentina. It's not so easy to share life with a husband or a father that works about 17 hours at day: I'm grateful for their patience.
Many thanks to all backers for considering my project: I really appreciate any support they can provide. My sincere gratitude to Carlo (Progetti & Sistemi) who followed the project evolution from the beginning, becoming an enthusiastic supporter together its partners Franco and Gianvito.
Thank you so much to my friends Sergio, Roberto and Ennio (Acme Systems) for their support in the prototypes making and, last but not least, a special thanks to my best and loyal friend Pier Luigi, my mentor and new partner in this awesome adventure.
Here is Yooquik
You need just few steps to turn your tablet/smartphone into a true security system.
- Go on App Store or Google Play and download the free App Yooquik
- Play it and create your personal account on Yooquik Cloud
- Insert the battery into your Yooquik devices
- Place your devices on windows and doors
DONE! Your security system is now ready!
All windows, doors and blinds opening detection. Forget the traditional magnetic opening reed sensors and pulse counters for blinds: Yooquik has a true three axis magnetometer that reads the magnetic field. All kinds of frame can be managed. It's impossible to deceive it using an external magnet because the magnetic field would change and Yooquik would send an alarm notification.
Vibration detector. None traditional tilt sensor (inertial sensor): a true three axis accelerometer measure the vibration of the frame and analyze it to avoid wrong alarms recognition.
Temperature sensor. Keep under control the temperature next to the doors and windows and track a map of the trending of the temperature.
Microcontroller Not the usual passive sensor: an ARM microcontroller analyze the magnetometer, accelerometer and temperature sensors data with a very low power consumption. A single battery can grant from 18 to 24 month of functionality.
Bluetooth connectivity. Avoid a dedicated 866MHz radio gateway: with the Bluetooth Smart radio all devices are connected to your tablet/smartphone without other devices.
Plug and play installation. No specialized installers needed: remove the plastic film behind the sensor and place it where you need. Done!
Easy configuration. No need to configure your router in order to access from the outside: use your Yooquik Cloud account to manage your security system wherever you are.
Push notifications. Receive notifications on your smartphone about all events. Choose which events you need to monitor and who will receive the relevant notifications.
Open Source and Arduino compatible. Connect your device to your Mac or PC using the connector inside it; use the well known Arduino software to create your own personal device. Do you want to transform your device in an iBeacon hot spot? You can! Upload your software into your Yooquik device and go live!
Personalization. You can personalize your security system device as well as you usually do with your smartphone cover. You can also create your own top cover: download our base model and customize it as you want with your 3D printer.
Expandable. The Yooquik connector is pin-to-pin compatible with the Acme Systems boards: connect your sensor to your Acme board and make your awesome device!
Free App for iOS and Android. Manage your security system with the free iOS or Android App. Create multiple users with different permission levels.
IP Cameras. Connect to your cameras directly from within the App and look for help to configure your cameras using the community. Your video stream is managed by our Yooquik Cloud and encoded to be available from all HTML5 capable device. Earn points by posting the configurations of your cameras and get discounts on our Yooquik store.
Telegram. Use our bot or create yours to manage your security system within the Telegram App. Chat with your security system!
Install a sensor on every door and window of your home/office and put your tablet or smartphone in a safe location as central as possible. You can also use one or more sensor to protect your bungalow when you are on vacation.
What's the first step to create a new product after the idea? A lot of evaluation boards! And what's the second one? More prototypes! Take a look at last pre-production Yooquik device.
Under the hood
Have a look inside Yooquik device.
- 16MHz ARM Cortex-M0 CPU
- 128kb Flash
- 8kb Ram
- 2.4 GHz Band Bluetooth® Smart
- Built-In Chip Antenna
- 3 magnetic field channels and 3 acceleration channels
- ±2/±4/±8/±12 gauss magnetic full scale
- ±2/±4/±6/±8/±16 g linear acceleration full scale
- 16-bit data output
- White LED
- CR2477 Lithium Manganese Dioxide coin button battery
- 18/24 months battery life
- Connector with I2C, Serial, GPIO
- Arduino® compatible
- Range: about 30m max
- Dimensions (max): 55mm x 55mm x 17mm
Note: some specification can slightly change on production series.
Who works on an open source project has many way to develop it in front of him: announcing his own idea at the beginning, or donating it at a comunity after having made a product. I am in the middle: for a few years I got ahead the idea of yooquick trying various technical solutions without the support of a comunity. Now, after having written base code to verify that the idea was practicable and that the hardware worked as predicted, I decided to start this campaign, so I chose one of the possible way. I could have waited to complete the firmware, the app and the software on the server side, as well as the documentation. As regard all the Node JS modules I published on GitHub the choice was always the same (github.com/mgesmundo). But the compare with other people always helps so the reasoning was easy: as the hardware is ready and perfectly working, why not to make it available now and complete in a second time what the end user needs with the help of other people with whom share and improve the ideas? That's all!
Risks and challenges
In a project that involves both hardware and software the main problem is the hardware. Working closely with the manufacturer Acme Systems hardware prototypes have resulted immediately working and can be certified. I will perfect the CAD files to launch the injection molds of the plastic enclosure. The second challenge is the software. Yooquik software includes the firmware on the device (Arduino), the App for iOS and Android (Cordova) and the server side software (NodeJS). This is the main area where I hope in a contribute by the developers community. As developer contributor I published some NodeJS modules on NPM repository used for the Yooquik software and for the Acme Systems boards. I'm a true perfectionist, that's why I publish only when all tests are done, the software coverage is satisfying and the documentation is completed. A lot of time to do that but I love this!
If many other developers join this project, it will grow quickly.
I will keep in touch with you for each step I take to keep you upraised of Yooquik project progress status according the above timeline.
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