Just found out there was a local hackerspace group via twitter.
A friend and I are creating a company to make and sell development boards,
our first is a network attached development board called SplashBase. We've
written example software for it that lets you control it's Inputs/outputs
via a PC or your smartphone. So you can turn devices on or off remotely or
control RGB lighting by setting the PWM duty. Currently I use them at home
with ikea led dioders. Ikea supply it with a manual RGB control, I've cut
the sockets off the RGB led strips and control them with the SplashBase.
Were also making it a simple programable logic controller so visually you
will be able to select conditions and then choose an action to take upon it
becoming true. To get people who dont want to code / can't yet interested
in electronics. Ultimately we want to create a child friendly version that
allows them to create simple control systems using a tablet.
For the more advanced we will provide plenty of example code to perform
The SplashBase is modular and allows boards to be stacked on top, much like
the arduino and we have designed a range of addons (were calling
SolderBridges) that plug in. So far we have Bridges to :
- Control 4 relays
- 24 Channel Servo controller
- 5 Channel 350ma LED
- 6 channel 0-10 output 6 channel protected input
- SD card and RTC
- IMU - Combines a mems gryo, accelerometer, barometer
and magnetometer data into single output - This can be used for creating
robots, aircraft etc..
- GPIO expander - lots more input/outputs
- DMX master - control a DMX512 bus
We've designed a lot of the add ons to be standalone as well with there own
small ARM cortex M0 chip. A lot of them use an SPI bus so code could be
written to make them the master instead of a splashbase, if network control
Please check out our website : http://www.soldersplash.co.uk were running a
kickstarter at the moment to help us afford the production.
Let me know what you think or if you have any ideas on things we could
offer or people we could contact for help getting our product out there.
Carl & Rob.