As most of you know, the open source tracking device we've been working on here at DSS Circuits has been looking for a name.
Well I'm happy to announce, that after reading through several hundred entries, we've chosen a winner!
Well it's official...we're now on Kickstarter. As many of you know I've been working on my open source tracking device for quite some time now. I'm getting close to finishing off the prototype and decided to look for some funding to help bring the project to the next level. For those of you that don't know what Kickstarter is, it's basically a way for people to solicit funds using a technique known as crowd funding.
So please check out our listing as I think you'll see some fun and exciting rewards available to those who would like to contribute.
So one day I was trying to interface to a Freescale MMA8451Q accelerometer, for a project I was working on, and I was having a difficult time getting data back from the registers. After some investigating I found that this device is not compatible with the Arduino Wire library for I2C devices. The reason being is that the Wire library does not support the use of the repeated start function as defined by the I2C protocol.
I finished assembling the first revision of the tracking device. Unfortunately there was a slight problem with the footprint for the BMA180 so the accelerometer portion of the board is non functional. I've also come to the realization that I'm no longer going to use 402 SMD components for future designs. As much as I love the challenge of trying to place these tiny little parts on a board I think I'm going to move to 603 and up from now on.