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  • Fusion Brain Wish List: What do you want to see?

    If you had a magical Fusion Brain, what would it be?

    Name your wish list below.
    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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  • #2
    my dream fusion brain would have the voltage divider/input isolator thingy built in. It would also be smaller and take 5V input instead of 12V.
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    • #3
      if it was any smaller it would be impossible to use....

      Would you really want 5V outputs? (if you don't care about outputs you can power it off the USB bus)
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      • #4
        Well, while we are on the issue of size... How big would the ideal Fusion Brain be?

        We have to sacrifice a lot of options to make a smaller footprint. Right now it is form factor limited by the amount and size of the connections. If we increased the size, we could increase the ports, or increase the features or both.

        But if it is larger than your nano-itx motherboard I think it would be a little rediculous

        Thoughts?
        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
        Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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        • #5
          a case would be nice, even though it wouldnt apply to me because i'm still rocking a v3 brain. Simple offline programming would help a bunch too but i understand implementing it wouldnt be simple.
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          • #6
            1. Can be programmed and works even when the computer is off.
            2. OBDII chip onboard.
            3. Voltage divider thingy onboard.
            4. Reverse voltage protection (if it doesn't already have this)
            5. Integrated power regulator (again, not sure if it already has this)
            6. Additional features are fine on a separate board that connects via a small ribbon cable or a piggyback header.
            7. Possibly an LCD/VFD capability.
            8. Bluetooth proximity sensing to allow lock/unlock when it senses your phone.
            9. Onboard temperature and voltage sensors.

            The features I list are intended to help modders who want digital gauges in their car or need to instrument a car that doesn't have OBD or want to add inputs to it. Stick to the car stuff -that's the niche for this device.

            The other 'feature' I'd like to see is a full Linux library that supports all of the capabilities of the FB and perhaps an MDX-style program in Linux or at least a CLI capability. This would allow the FB to be combined with the ultra-small, low power devices like the Sheeva or IGEP V2 and function as an always on interface to the car.
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            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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            • #7
              How about shields? Add-on boards like the Arduino uses that add capability? That would allow you to retain your small form factor, but allow people to pick and choose features to add at will.
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              • #8
                Documentation
                website

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
                  a case would be nice, even though it wouldnt apply to me because i'm still rocking a v3 brain. Simple offline programming would help a bunch too but i understand implementing it wouldnt be simple.
                  Casing is a definate possibility for the next version. Has been on the table for a while, guess it is time to pull the trigger.

                  Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                  1. Can be programmed and works even when the computer is off.
                  2. OBDII chip onboard.
                  3. Voltage divider thingy onboard.
                  4. Reverse voltage protection (if it doesn't already have this)
                  5. Integrated power regulator (again, not sure if it already has this)
                  6. Additional features are fine on a separate board that connects via a small ribbon cable or a piggyback header.
                  7. Possibly an LCD/VFD capability.
                  8. Bluetooth proximity sensing to allow lock/unlock when it senses your phone.
                  9. Onboard temperature and voltage sensors.

                  The features I list are intended to help modders who want digital gauges in their car or need to instrument a car that doesn't have OBD or want to add inputs to it. Stick to the car stuff -that's the niche for this device.

                  The other 'feature' I'd like to see is a full Linux library that supports all of the capabilities of the FB and perhaps an MDX-style program in Linux or at least a CLI capability. This would allow the FB to be combined with the ultra-small, low power devices like the Sheeva or IGEP V2 and function as an always on interface to the car.
                  Interesting ideas. 4 will be implemented, 5 is already implemented but will be done in a more sophisticated way in this next version. 9 is quasi there, the whole board is a voltage sensor. We could think about an onboard temperature sensor but if it is something that less than 1% of the people use and it raises the price for everyone it might not happen. 8/Blueooth is going to have to be an expansion board at best. It is way too pricy to get licensing for bluetooth on small scale, it would double the current cost of the FB by itself.

                  As for Linux, I am already working on a more cross-platform friendly application. It should be able to be compiled with mono.

                  Originally posted by malcom2073 View Post
                  How about shields? Add-on boards like the Arduino uses that add capability? That would allow you to retain your small form factor, but allow people to pick and choose features to add at will.
                  And photon torpedos! Do you mean shields as in the metal mechanical dividers to prevent EMI/EMF, or something else? Addonboards have been discussed, and actually were on a beta version I had made last year. I think it is a strong possibility that this will be incorporated.

                  Originally posted by btilford View Post
                  Documentation
                  Ah yes... Documentation. I think I agree with some of my professors that documentation is the hardest part of any engineer's job. It is not something we like to do, but it is something that must be done. We will try our best to make this next version as transparent as possible.
                  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
                  Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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                  • #10
                    I would put in a huge vote not to put too much on board.... the whole idea of breaking things up into modules has worked really well for keeping the price and form factor down (and allowing users to only spend money on the things they use).

                    Mmm .Net goodness - could you offer a cross platform library for interfacing with the brain also (instead of having to install the whole gui)?

                    My big feature request would be allowing it to do some basic tasks while the PC is off but I know thats not an easy feature request.
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                    • #11
                      FYI, there are .net bindings for libusb-1.0. Not sure what you plan on using, but I thought I'd throw the info out there.
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                      • #12
                        We used libusb in 2007/2008 but Windows7 does not support it at all. Considering the project is dead, I dont epect any updates any time soon...
                        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
                        Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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                        • #13
                          you could do platform specific interfaces wrapped in a single FusionsBrainLib....just use libusb for linux and osx.
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                          • #14
                            I would like to see a networked version instead of USB. This ones not for my car computer.I just ordered one to control the solar heater for my spa. USB's cable length is a issue and it would be great to access from other computers in the house.
                            Great board at a great price.
                            Thanks, Mike

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                            • #15
                              Pull the input measuring capacitor to ground before measuring the next input.

                              I think the size is fine. It is hard enough wiring all the available inputs and outputs.

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