This project is about funding a wireless mesh Arduino board with USB, LiPo battery charger, built in range testing and over-the-air programming.
Toronto, Ontario -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/09/2013 -- The miniSWARM is a versatile USB stick-sized wireless Arduino development board.
It’s as powerful as the Arduino Mega and has the wireless capabilities of an XBee radio, but the team led by Gregor and Jonathan made it a fraction of the cost of an Arduino + radio shield. The miniSWARM uses Atmel's ATmega128RFA1 microcontroller which features a built-in 802.15.4 RF transceiver. The team ported the new LightWeight Mesh stack to Arduino and embedded range testing and wireless programming features into the library. All of these software perks along with the PCB design will be available to the open source community once the project is released.
The team needs funding support to raise $20,000 for the first production run of the miniSWARM. Their goal is to make a wireless Arduino board that’s affordable enough to leave in your project, a product model proven by a handful of recently successful Kickstarter projects. They've cleverly designed the board to be minimalistic (although loaded with features), but they can't bring down the cost to their target of $25 without manufacturing hundreds of them.
Gregor and Jonathan are not interested in re-inventing the wheel, but want full Arduino compatibility. They plan on manufacturing an adapter for the miniSWARM so it can be mated with hundreds of standard Arduino shields. If they reach the stretch goal the adapter will be available with the release of the miniSWARM in mid-June 2013!
Indiegogo Page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/miniswarm-scalable-wireless-arduino-radio-module
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