openPICUS project officially takes off
It happened this January when we started hard talking about wireless and embedded electronics tasting some good wine at Campo de’ Fiori in Rome. The main point was a lack of an easy to program module which runs not only the wireless stack, but the application as well. We decided our brand new device would be smart and low cost to allow ideas to crossover the labs walls and to enter the real market. It also would be socially oriented following OPEN HARDWARE philosophy from the draft phase. That’s how PICUS was born.
In Roman mythology, Picus was one of the first kings of Latium (the region of Italy in which the city of Rome was founded). Italic people believed Picus was the son of the god of war Mars. After being turned by the witch into a woodpecker Italic tribes attributed to the bird divine qualities, connected with Picus’s original skills at augury. One of the function he performed was to lead the deduction of colonies with his flight.
An open hardware by a principle should be shared. On our blog http://openpicus.blogspot.com contributors are talking freely about each project detail – from product naming to socket boards.
openPICUS as a hardware platform offers to students (we are looking for University groups as well) an opportunity to experience in their thesis an interaction with iPhone and Android.
The first 50 pcs of the starter kit will be shipped for FREE to those who contribute with the best ideas to the project.
openPICUS main characteristics:
CPU Microchip PIC 24F 16 bit 44 pins QFN 64K Flash 8K Ram)
Wireless (Bluetooth / Wi-Fi)
Power 5V or 3,3V
Main connections: UART, Digital Inputs, Digital Outputs, Analog Inputs, PWMs, SPI display, I2C
Connector: 26 Ways IDC header (male) suitable for TH mounting or flat cable
SMT: 26 Pins for direct soldering PICUS to a PCB
PICUS gives a possibility to upload software by a serial port (you do not need a Microchip programmer).
Bluetooth offers SPP, OBEX, Headset profiles.
Wi-Fi gives an access to the integrated webserver, TCP socket, embedded FTP and email clients.
We are planning to realize a visual development tool to enable using of PICUS even without any software experience.
PICUS will have a range of “nests”: boards with several kinds of sensors and with or without a display where PICUS will perform the wireless part and the CORE Cpu, all in one.
openPICUS will be the core and the wireless part of Internet of things, sensors, wireless messaging, standard converters, home and industrial small automation and more.