We are working on our next internal product. This will be a more robust lightning detector (compared to our current MOD1016-G which has issues with I2C loading and has to be treated carefully with regards to the loading and also with the SMD Grove Connectors).
We are doing the following (this will be a new kickstarter later in August 2017):
New Grove Lightning Detector with Thru hole Grove Connectors
Real I2C Buffering (and 3.3V, 5V support) both directions
Support for OurWeather, GroveWeatherPi and SmartPlantPi
Arduino and Raspberry Pi Drivers
Affordable (~$60 versus the $270 wanted by AMS) Lighting Simulator for testing (not having one of these simulators is irritating for development - we bought the $270 version and said, no way for customers - have better solution now)
Standalone Lightning Detector and Reporting IOT Kit (this is really cool - it will support MQTT and Internet Dashboards - we really love this technology)
Give us some suggestions and comments! We'd love to hear them. Remember that 70% of innovation comes from customers. #1, #4 and #5 above were customer suggestions.
Post by Powderjockey on Aug 11, 2017 11:48:14 GMT -8
Anything with the Grove connectors! It would have to be compatible with weather boards you already sell. I just purchased the "first edition" lightning detector from you, but haven't had the time to get it set up. I'm hoping it is not too difficult to do.
SkyWeather Station running Python3 Script SunControl DIY Solar, Thunderboard IOT, BC24 and many more.
Post by mikethechap on Oct 28, 2017 12:20:50 GMT -8
Thanks for the 10/07 update! Can't wait. I went ahead and bought a similar board (same chip anyway) from another supplier. But, I'd rather have something that fits in the Switchdoc "ecosystem" if possible. I hope it's available soon!
Not a problem! We know that we are running late with this project for a bunch of reasons. The Grove connectors and more importantly, the I2C buffer has given us fits. Now all better, we think.
The main reason for the delay was when we figured out that the AS3935 did not play nice on the I2C bus (it is really flaky on the Raspberry Pi for example) and we had to put in a true buffer circuit.
We would rather be late than put out a product that we KNOW people will have problems with (as we have with other suppliers). Make sure when you use the other chip, you put either no other I2C devices on the bus or really look at the loading.
Post by mikethechap on Oct 31, 2017 5:07:51 GMT -8
Thanks for the advice! I haven't installed it yet, so I think I'll wait until yours becomes available. I'm on the middle of Halloween decorations anyway. Also, I'm putting some of my Weather Station components in a separate enclosure that will use your solar components. Trying to make a very nice station that will have the ability to adjust the solar cells for a winter and summer position. I've read that the ability to have two different positions improves their effectiveness. Anyway, plenty of stuff to keep me occupied for a while.
We are launching our Kickstarter on Thursday, November 16th for our Thunder Board Lightning Detector. We have the engineering prototypes in house now and have tested fully on the Arduino architecture and have started on the ESP8266 architecture. Haven't started looking at the Raspberry Pi yet.
I'll post the link to the Kickstarter here as soon as it is live!
We launched this project when the MOD1016-G board became unavailable.
We fixed three things:
1) Made the antenna better
2) Added an I2C buffer to make it play better with other I2C devices on the bus or bus segment.
3) Made the Grove connectors Thru-Hole so people wouldn't be popping them off
It is an indoor setup, but could be easily modified to be outside. Weatherproofing primarily. Even make it solar powered if you want. We would change the design slightly to make it solar powered (use a Grove PowerControl to switch the WiFi on and off).
Post by mikethechap on Nov 16, 2017 12:20:12 GMT -8
Just backed the project! Can't wait!
And, I'll be using it outside so directions on how to do that will be appreciated. Thanks!
PS... Next cool thing I would like to see in hardware is earthquake detection. Now, that'll be a fun thing. In software - and maybe it is already present - is a way to reliably access weather station data without the Apple apps. That is, to upload the all the station data to a lot interface say with json or some other protocol. The apps take way too much work and have way to steep a learning curve for me to be able to use them. That's my wish list, hardware and software.