Here we are: a brand new expansion board for Flyport, the so-called Serial MiniNest, is coming in June!
The Serial MiniNest sports one RS232 and one RS485 port. It’s compatible with both Ethernet and Wi-Fi Flyport, so you can control serial devices via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
|The new Serial MiniNest prototype with Flyport Ethernet plugged in.|
There is an enormous potential of adoption by the machinery industry as many traditional machines that we face every day are changing, and interaction designers are experimenting with new features all over the world.
Think about remotely distributed machines (for example, the ones placed in large environments such as airports, parks, plants or laboratories) and about the possibility to deploy complex configurations and re-configurations via the internet, even wirelessly. All this and much more would be possible with the new Serial MiniNest!
Some of the most clear ones – and let me say that we actually received many inquiries from machines manufacturers to develop this kind of extension – pertain to the following markets:
- Vending and customer facing machines (even totems)
- Scales and Measurement Systems
- RFID and proximity Readers
- Presence detectors or distributed complex sensors
- Lab appliances
- CNC Machines, Laser cutters and all the machines that are used in most of the digital fabrication process
- …and many more!
|Some examples of using SerialNest|
Coming back to the schedule, the new Serial MiniNest will be available in June. We will also create a new firmware that as always will be released in open source to allow you to create a “Serial Port over IP”.
The firmware uses the webserver for the configuration of network parameters, addresses, socket ports and serial port configuration.