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  • Nilok Qube - USB IO, Bluetooth, ALMOST DONE!

    February 06, 2010 *Updated Picture
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    Well, its the new year! I forgot to make any recent posts about this here at mp3car since the project has been going SO well!

    I have successfully make about 15 Qubes so far, and I have a few more to put together to finish the first official run of 20! I have received a few very generous donations / pre-orders to help this project along. Luckily, it is almost done!



    If you guys are interested, check out my blog at http://blog.nilok.ca since there are fresh posts all the time!

    Also, I'd like to open up the donations link here too just in case anybody wants to help sponsor this project. A donation of more than $70.00 USD will get you a pre-order (if there are any left), but donations of ANY size would be GLADLY accepted! I've even had $1.00 as a joke

    23
    Yes, regardless of the price.
    13.04%
    3
    Yes, but as long as it is under $____.
    47.83%
    11
    No, don't we have enough of those?
    13.04%
    3
    I wear short shorts!
    17.39%
    4
    I dont wear underwear
    8.70%
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    2001 Mustang Convertible Worklog
    Indigo Custom Frontend (Flash/Delphi)
    Blog

    Qube v1.3 Now Available at the mp3Car Store!!!!!!
    The simplest IO controller you'll ever use!

  • #2
    A couple questions:
    What micro are you using for this?
    This will run without a computer attached I assume?
    Is this a bulk transfer USB device, or virtual COM port device?
    Either way, if you need any help developing software for it I can help, I'd certainly be interested in something like this.
    "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
    RevFE
    My Shop

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    • #3
      u forgot "i dont wear underwear" option in your poll (o;'
      the device seems like it would be usable... even though similar ones exist, competition is always good... in a competative market, there is always one sure winner and that is the end user (;
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      2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5
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      • #4
        Updated: Forgot to mention IR decoding, Interrupts and Serial Interface.

        Originally posted by malcom2073 View Post
        A couple questions:
        What micro are you using for this?
        This will run without a computer attached I assume?
        Is this a bulk transfer USB device, or virtual COM port device?
        Either way, if you need any help developing software for it I can help, I'd certainly be interested in something like this.
        This will be run off a microchip PIC 1484455 processor.
        It will run without a computer to an extent. The special functions (latching, input based on output, debounce) will all work as will the PWM. The analogs won't, the outputs will retain their states but won't toggle (unless attached to an input function). Anything that needs USB to communicate won't work.

        However, it can still be run from the serial interface with an addon board.

        PM me about the software, what you can help with. I'm always looking for some extra help on hardware, software and firmware.
        2001 Mustang Convertible Worklog
        Indigo Custom Frontend (Flash/Delphi)
        Blog

        Qube v1.3 Now Available at the mp3Car Store!!!!!!
        The simplest IO controller you'll ever use!

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        • #5
          Bump.

          Please try to explain why you chose what you did. Except 2k1toaster and h3rk, I don't want to know what you guys are thinking!



          I got an update today, the enclosures themselves can be made from aluminum for about $15.00 each or from black plastic for about $12.50 each. Add shipping to that and add anodizing for the aluminum. Then add custom stickers and 4 screws and we're looking at a total of about $21.00 each aluminum, $16.00 each plastic.

          I think that's great for a small run of 10!

          The circuit boards should be about $25.00 to $30.00 each since I'll be hand populating them. So far so good!
          2001 Mustang Convertible Worklog
          Indigo Custom Frontend (Flash/Delphi)
          Blog

          Qube v1.3 Now Available at the mp3Car Store!!!!!!
          The simplest IO controller you'll ever use!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by colin View Post
            Please try to explain why you chose what you did. Except 2k1toaster and h3rk, I don't want to know what you guys are thinking!
            Definitely not...
            Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
            1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
            30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
            15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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            • #7
              Heh
              "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
              RevFE
              My Shop

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              • #8
                I would not be interested as it does things I do not need.
                TruckinMP3
                D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
                  I would not be interested as it does things I do not need.
                  Care to elaborate? Do you mean there are features you would not use or you just don't need the product at all?
                  2001 Mustang Convertible Worklog
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                  Qube v1.3 Now Available at the mp3Car Store!!!!!!
                  The simplest IO controller you'll ever use!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by colin View Post
                    Care to elaborate? Do you mean there are features you would not use or you just don't need the product at all?

                    Turning this around, what would I do with it?
                    TruckinMP3
                    D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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                    • #11
                      It's a digital I/O board. You could control an automated HVAC system with it, put your windows up and down via remote, have it control lighting or special effects, monitor voltage, monitor sensors or temperature, the possibilities are near endless.
                      "stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
                      RevFE
                      My Shop

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
                        Turning this around, what would I do with it?
                        It's a digital I/O board. You could control an automated HVAC system with it, put your windows up and down via remote, have it control lighting or special effects, monitor voltage, monitor sensors or temperature, the possibilities are near endless.
                        Exactly what he said. Here's what I'll be doing with mine:

                        Beside my screen I want a rotary encoder that is backlit and 5 backlit buttons. I bought a clear frame for the encoder and 5 clear light pipe buttons. The high-power PWM output will dim the blue LEDs at night and make them bright during the day. The normal I/O/A will be connected to the buttons and also to the LEDs so that they can be switched by ANOTHER PWM that will cause them to visibly blink if something exciting happens, such as a new notification.

                        Under that, there will be an IR detector so that I can use my Lilliput remote (with the number keys) to control my radio station and my songs. Even the punks in the back seat can have a go at it.

                        You can also use it when the computer messes up or when it's not even on. If you have it preconfigured, you can press a button to latch your outputs -- useful for HVAC when you have to hold something down, or window defrosts where a simple momentary switch would not work.

                        The analog inputs will be set to read the temperatures of the front cabin area, the back cabin area, and the outside. Based on these temperatures, the HVAC will automatically adjust to a set temperature.

                        Because of the serial interface, I can control two of these boards with only one USB slot.

                        Theres about a thousand things I forgot to mention.
                        2001 Mustang Convertible Worklog
                        Indigo Custom Frontend (Flash/Delphi)
                        Blog

                        Qube v1.3 Now Available at the mp3Car Store!!!!!!
                        The simplest IO controller you'll ever use!

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                        • #13
                          Bump.

                          I'm still going ahead on this project. I submitted my enclosure design for some samples. I'm getting one free piece out of ABS and one piece out of aluminum. They will run from $12.50 to $18.00 depending on the type.
                          If these enclosures come back fine on the first try (which they wont, I'm sure), then I'll be ready to have the PCBs produced. I've written about 25% of the firmware already, and I have to completely re-design the PCB but I'll do that starting right now.

                          I'm keeping a blog of all this stuff here:

                          http://nilokproductions.wordpress.com/

                          It has a picture of the enclosure and design specs so far.

                          I've started to order some parts, just a few, for a small initial run. These will be ready probably by the end of October assuming school goes okay.

                          Keep voting!
                          2001 Mustang Convertible Worklog
                          Indigo Custom Frontend (Flash/Delphi)
                          Blog

                          Qube v1.3 Now Available at the mp3Car Store!!!!!!
                          The simplest IO controller you'll ever use!

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                          • #14
                            Enjoy the project and good luck... I like the controls I currently have (stock) for wipers, windows, locks and such... thus my earlier comments.
                            TruckinMP3
                            D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

                            Yes, you should search... and Yes, It has been covered before!

                            Read the FAQ!

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                            • #15
                              I've re-designed the PCB as promised to fit the enclosure. I also received pictures of the aluminum enclosure yesterday.

                              Once I get the actual pieces shipped to me, I will test out the shape of the PCB to make sure it fits. If all the components work okay together then I can start producing the PCBs and get this on the road.

                              My first run will be of 20 complete products.

                              Pictures and more information are at the blog:
                              http://nilokproductions.wordpress.com/
                              2001 Mustang Convertible Worklog
                              Indigo Custom Frontend (Flash/Delphi)
                              Blog

                              Qube v1.3 Now Available at the mp3Car Store!!!!!!
                              The simplest IO controller you'll ever use!

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