Hi Particle.io Community,
This is my first post and I want to start it with giving a short introduction to my self. My name is Simon and I am working as the head of r&d department for a Germany based industrial company.
I grew up with using computers and at the age of eight I found a book about Assembler in the company of my father. Since then I am addicted to code.
It was quite amazing to see how far you guys have come since the last time I read about Particle (or Spark I guess). What fascinates me a lot is the fact that you guys care about product making and offer a complete ecosystem.
In germany the industry currently is experiencing a change in technology. We sum this into the word “Industrie 4.0”. And a few days ago a good friend and I decided to build an industrial product based on Particle.io
Here are some details about it:
- Will be based on Particle.io Photon or Electron (as a plug-in module).
- External Hardware components allow integration into industrial products.
- 24V (up to 30V) Power Supply
- 2x Analog Input (0-10V) / 4x Digital Input (24V) (both isolated)
- 6x Digital Output via Relays (up to 230V AC / 6A)
- Connector for UART
- The whole controller will be wrapped in a din-rail enclosure and feature a self made top.
- RGB-LED and Buttons will be integrated into the enclosure
- Price Tag of about 100$ - 150$
We have some larger version planned but we’ll keep that for future at first since we want to see how the market reacts on such a controller. Reason we believe in this is since we are experiencing a strong need of such a controller in our own companies.
Since you guys know Particle.io I don’t have to explain what using Photon or Electron adds up to such kind of controller. When working with existing controllers we cannot find any that offers OTA Update or that can be used with Arduino like language.
So at this early stage I just wanted to share this Idea (that has already turned into a project) with you to get some feedback / Advices, etc. Please feel free to comment, share, etc. Feedback is greatly appreciated!
Oh and before I forget. We were thinking of using Kickstarter to ramp up volumes so that we reach a lower end-price. So I will keep updates coming from time to time to let you guys know how the project progresses …