New boot loaders for the WidgetBoards have been uploaded to both SVN and to the downloads area. The fuse settings have also been updated in the documentation. I’ve also integrated the Atmega328P version of the WidgetBoard into the Arduino development environment so please update your boards.txt with the one from SVN.
The WidgetMesh network development for the Widgets is now underway, the last couple of days I’ve been learning how everything fits together in Contiki OS, as far as drivers go and how they communicate with the upper stacks, lots of looking through existing code. I now have a reasonable idea of how things should work … Continue reading WidgetMesh Coordinator/Gateway Device
Just thought I’d post an update on what’s happening in the widget development world. Limited Production Run I have a very limited number of widget kits available for purchase. This limited batch of widget kits also include a bare prototype personality at no cost with each widget to get you started in your wireless applications. … Continue reading Widget Development Updates
Version 1.0 of the boards is progressing to the point where I’ll be starting work on v1.1, integrating user feedback and any issues on the tracker, I’ve put a few up there so please check them out, comment or add your own. Issue Tracker. I’m extremely happy to say that everything has progressed really well, … Continue reading Progress
I had a chance to grab a few photos of the progress so far, also helps that most of my components that I had on order arrived today so the boards has been kitted out with all the headers. Now I can plug the prototype personality in, still waiting on my crystals, switches, and diodes. … Continue reading Strobit Wireless Widget Photos
The PCBs arrived last week, unfortunately not in time for the long weekend so I haven’t really had a change to do anything until today and from my initial observations I’m happy with the results. RFM12B PCB 2.4GHz MRF24J40MA PCB Prototype PCB As I mentioned on the Strobit-general Google List and the SPOT-development Google list, … Continue reading PCB Arrived and Hot out of the Oven
PCB designs were finally sent off to Gold Phoenix yesterday, a bit of a delay as I had been wanting to complete a couple of other designs to fill up the panel before sending off. Three different designs, Strobit RFM12B core, Experimental 2.4Ghz core and a prototype personality (think arduino prototype type shield) have now … Continue reading PCBs Finally Underway
S.P.O.T. has just been released on Google code, a fantastic variation of the Strobit Triggr with LCD and remote control of flashes using TTL. S.P.O.T – Strobist Project Opensource Trigger. Well Done Till on the release! http://code.google.com/p/strobist-project-opensource-trigger/
The Eagle PCB design files are now available for download from the Strobit Project Page. Constructive feedback is appreciated. Please treat these as an early alpha release, the PCB has not yet been verified. I have also released the design files for a blank personality board, this can be used as a starting point for … Continue reading Strobit early public release
The Strobit Project now has some Google groups enabled. Feel free to join these and take part in the discussion. I will leave the old forums up for archival/historical purposes, but will become read only eventually. See Strobit Project Page for the groups.
The Strobit Triggr project now has a proper open source home, a Google Code project page - http://code.google.com/p/strobit/ If you think you can contribute please join the project. Over the next few days as time permits, I’ll be adding everything I have so far to source control for the current design. All hardware will fall … Continue reading Strobit now has a Google Code Project home
More success from Bill Grundmann in his attempt to decrypt Canons E-TTL protocol ! It appears that there is a consistent 4msec delay between when the CLK signal from the camera body drops to GND and when the actual flash is triggered. This would give us plenty of “leeway” in our timing to sync with … Continue reading Canon E-TTL Timings
Seeing as I’m a canon person as far as bodies and lens goes I thought I’d look into the E-TTL protocol and how the camera body and the flash can talk to each other. I’m not looking to completely implement the E-TTL protocol in the Strobit Triggr, (well not yet anyway), but more along the … Continue reading Strobit Triggr and Canons E-TTL
Here are the final renderings from POV with the basic personality board installed, along with a 900MHZ antenna. I’m pretty happy now, looks OK and now will see how accurate this exercise really is when I get prototype boards back.
Some more components added to the Strobit Eagle3d Library. Can be found here. Sparkfun SMA PCB Edge 3.5mm Phone Jack SMD