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Insolito: Control Your Life With Your Shoes

UPDATE: Insolito project is again available on Indiegogo so it’s time to support this grat project! You can check all the info here and, of course, any question or suggestion are welcome.

Hi all! A few days ago, start on Indiegogo a new campaign where I’m involved in the last months, the Insolito project. Thanks to Sa’ed Qariab, CEO & Founder of The Walking Tech company, I can participate in this project, designing and manufacturing the first units of this intelligent insoles.

Insolito: a smart insole that enables fitness tracking, app shortcuts and emergency alarms with every movement.
Insolito, by The Walking Tech, was launched earlier today on Indiegogo. The new hardware start-up, The Walking Tech, claims that Insolito is the ultimate wearable that is yet to be invented, as this insole is embedded with a smart system that enables its user to control their lives through foot taps.
Insolito is a comfortable and padded insole that can be inserted into any type of shoes. Once activated, the smart system can be controlled through a phone app that works on iOS and Android phones.
The smart insole is fully equipped with fitness tracking functions. It detects movement and counts the number of steps you walk, distance and speed of walking/running. Moreover, it keeps count of the calories that you burn all through the special circuit and sensors inside the insole.

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Better still, Insolito enables you to create app shortcuts through customized foot tap patterns. With Insolito, you can take a selfie, make a call, and open any app with a foot tap. This feature is especially useful for taking photos with your hands free.

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In addition to all that, Insolito introduces a special SOS feature that saves you out in emergencies, especially when you cannot reach your phone. In any case of emergency, a special foot tap pattern will activate Insolito to call 911, send a message and your location to your family and friends, and even post to social media for you:

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This special insole comes with a wireless charging pad, and with a 30-day long battery. It can be fully charged under one hour.

You can pre-order Insolito today through Indiegogo, with a price starting from $69, and with the worldwide delivery expected to commence in December 2016.

The team behind this product is The Walking Tech, a group of young engineers from Palestine who have been working on fitness devices and wearables for three years.

Insolito Features and Facts:

  • Fitness tracking: counts steps, distance, speed and calories
  • App shortcuts: enables the user to run any app, take photos or make calls through foot taps
  • SOS feature: through a special foot tap, it calls 911, sends messages and posts to social media for you
  • Wireless charging: Insolito comes with a wireless charging pad and charges in less than an hour
  • Battery: Lasts for one full month
  • Price: Early bird starting from $69

 

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Dual USB Converter

Dual USB Serial and I2C Converter

UPDATE: Some places where the project appears. Thanks to all!!

Hi all! After a couple of months with a lot of work, I come here again with the last board I develop before Christmas. It’s a dual USB serial and I2C converter based on two MCP2221 Microchip 2.0 USB-Serial bridges. I develop it as a need on my work with the last project I’m involved. I need to monitor a serial communication between two devices. With only one converter, I must choose between RX and TX lines to monitoring the traffic. With this solution, I can listen at the same time TX and RX lines, so the monitoring is more easy. And with a software like Docklight (you can download a free evaluation copy here), you can choose the monitoring option to display both channels. After the break you can find all the technical info of the board!

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Adding a USB power port to a switch for IoT

UPDATE: You can find a brief entry on Adafruit blog, thanks!!!

UPDATE: You can find this project on Instructables webpage: http://www.instructables.com/id/Add-a-USB-Power-Port-to-a-10100-Switch/

Hi all! After some time out, due some hard work, I’m here again with a ‘one weekend’ project (in my case, with three childs. Sure it can be done in one afternoon!). I want to start some projects with Arduino and IoT, so the first things I need is an Arduino board, an Ethernet shield and a switch to connect it to the net. Also I need a power supply for the Arduino board, and I think that, better than a external USB AC wall adaptor or power supply, is modify the switch to add it a USB power port that can power the Arduino board. I’ve got at home a TP-Link TL-SF1008D, a simple 8 port 10/100 Mbps switch. So, let’s go to open it and add it the USB port!

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jechavarria is named Site of the Day on EEWeb

Today, the site EEweb features this web “Engineering Site of the Day”. For me is an honor appear on this category, and a great recognition of my work in the electronic world. So, thank you!!

EEWeb

“EEWeb is a premier Electrical Engineering Community for hardware designers. Focus areas of  EEWeb include PCB Design, Analog Design, RF, Power Management, Embedded, Test & Measure, and Components.

Engineers can setup their own profiles to post technical articles and projects, and also network with other engineers in the community based on interest.

The aim is to recognize the best technical websites in the world.

They aim to create a meeting point where engineers from across the world can come; a space for debate; a place to share knowledge and experience.”

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SIM900 USB Communication using MCP2200

Hi all! Here’s the new project where I’m working a couple of days. Since I develop the SIM900 module and test it, I don’t work with it. Also, I’ve got at home some samples of the MCP2200 USB bridge that I want to test it. So make an USB interface for this board was the perfect idea! This allows to use the SIM900 board with a PC, Raspberry or similar, with the plus of no need external power supply or control signals. Just plug the USB cable on the board and start communicating with the world!

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Phii: The app that transforms your road information into safety for everybody

Guadalajara, Spain (May, 2015) – INSPIDE has officially launched “Phii”, its first Android mobile app which will also soon be available on the iPhone. An app exclusively designed to avoid traffic accidents.

Although the number of traffic accidents in Spain has been steadily decreasing since 2001, last year still ended with 1,131 fatalities. Phii was born to help reduce that figure, providing safety to all those involved in traffic, and paying special attention to the most vulnerable ones, such as cyclists and pedestrians.

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LAMPAN Ikea

Hacking a LAMPAN Ikea lamp

UPDATE: This project appears on Hackaday’ Blog. For me it’s an honor, I only can say tanks!!!

This project starts a few weeks ago. My six years old daughter usually sleeps with a light on in her bedroom. Talking with her, we decide to hack her LAMPAN Ikea lamp to make some improvements, including a manual RGB controller to set the light colour, a timeout to turn off the light after 30 minutes without changes and a bluetooth connection to control the lamp with a smartphone or tablet. So, if you continue reading  the post, you’ll see what we develop! Continue reading

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PIC18F2550 breadboard

PICnano breadboard based on PIC18F2550

UPDATE: Thanks to Rando, now you can order this PCB on OSH Park. Thanks!!

UPDATE: If you’re interested in mount the board yourself, now you can download the Bill Of Materials (BOM). Happy welding!

Hi all! With a bit of delay, here’s my last work, a PICnano breadboard based on the PIC18F2550 microcontroller. I have in mind a new project and I want to use an small board, like the Arduino Nano board. This new project is battery powered (3,7V Li-Ion battery). After checking the schematics of the Arduino Nano, I see that the microcontroler is powered at 5V. Of course, I can unmount the linear regulator (U3) that is on the board, and bypass the VIN to the microcontroller power supply. But I think it’s funny try to develop a new module when you’ve access to the microcontroller power supply! Also, I want to work with PIC microcontrollers after many years, so here’s what I design!

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RPi Python Board

RPi Board, a board to learn Python with the Raspberry Pi

UPDATE: This board appears on Adafruit’s blog. I’m very happy with this, it’s a great recognition and I only can say Thanks!!!

I’m continuing working with Juan Brito and Danny Macancela from the blog Desafio Ecuador, developing new boards to bring near the technology and programming languages. Our last work is a board to use with the Raspberry Pi and focused to learn Python. The board has the basic elements to start with this language. Also, with the develop of the PCB we remove the wiring, avoiding troubles with connections, inversion polarity…So with this board you only focused in the software develop, because the hardware side will work!

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Prototyping Board to use with IP55 box

DSC04972Normally, when I start a project, I use prototyping boards to mount the components and develop the software. When the project is finish, I always have the same trouble: in witch box or enclosure I put the electronics? If you don’t have this in mind at the start of the project, it could be a serious problem. In these years, I discover that is more easy to first find and enclosure and then develop the electronics that do it backwards. Also, I usually develop systems for both indoor / outdoor, so protection against rain and humidity usually it’s a must. For these reasons, I decide to find a good enclosure and develop a prototyping board to use with it. In this post you’ll see the results!

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