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Smart.IO Apps now available!

Apple just approves the Smart.IO app, it will be available at the App Store within 24 hours.

The Android version is already live at the Google Play Store since a day or so ago.

Be sure to check out our monthly Smart.IO design contest and have your chance of winning $500!

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Smart.IO App Screencaps

Smart.IO is shipping before end of August! Now anyone can create an App UI for their embedded tech!

Sample UIs  We design Smart.IO to be easy to use, yet powerful. Notice that in the "Pokemon Control" the power up slider is automatically dependent on the state of the expandable list: if no Pokemon is selected, then the slider is inactive. This is done with a single API call. 

Check out https://imagecraft.com/smartio/ for more details.

 

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Smart.IO Production Hardware Are Here!

1000x pieces are here and ready to be shipped!

 

We do have some other stuff to finish though:

1) A manufacturing error means that we have to redo the Arduino shields. We are trying to salvage what we have, and if so, they should be finished in about 2 weeks.

2) The iOS and Android Apps are functional complete. We are now fixing any issues we find, and getting them to be put on the Apple and Google stores.

3) The (revised) Smart.IO firmware had some delay, mainly due to some personal reasons. Sorry about that.

4) Documentations are being written and uploaded to our website https://imagecraft.com/smartio

So definitely on the final stretch. Shipping will commence as soon as the firmware is finalized, and we are aiming for end of July / beginning of August delivery.

 

Thank you for your patience!

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Six Weeks and Counting

"Smart.IO hardware production has commenced!!"

This is a phrase I really wanted to write 4+ months ago. However, a hardware redesign and patent filing delayed the production schedule; very sorry about that. However, this delay gave us the opportunity to rework the firmware architecture as well as the user software model.

For embedded prototypes that want more than just a few buttons or knobs for their user interface, Smart.IO is miles ahead in terms of features, cost, and time required for implementation. These advantages carry over if you decide to go into production using Smart.IO as well.

We will be shipping hardware modules before the end of July, and will be releasing documentation on our site https://imagecraft.com/smartio. It's been a long time preparing, but the exciting journey has just begun...

The production modules will have blue lettering on white PCB; for now, here is an image of the prototype on the Arduino style shield.

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Smart.IO Status

The draft version of the GUI User Guide can be downloaded from here (PDF file). Status:

 

  • The Smart.IO chip module has been redesigned using the latest ST BlueNRG1 BLE chipset for high performance and low cost.
  • The Smart.IO chip module should go into manufacturing by end of March / beginning of April with a production time of 4-6 weeks.
  • We expect to have the Smart.IO programmable app for iOS available at the same time the Smart.IO chip modules are ready for delivery.
  • The Android version of the programmable app is in development as well. It's approximately 6 weeks behind the iOS version in schedule.

 

This is a mock-up of a sample UI for a "Smart Wall Plug" - see the GUI User Guide for details. With Smart.IO, it takes just a dozen+ lines of code to create this UI, with no wireless or app coding.

 

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Smart.IO is now Patent Pending

More detail and user documentation coming soon!

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Smart.IO funding success on KickStarter!

Smart.IO was funded successfully on KickStarter (project link here). We will add more information to this page shortly. A few quick notes:

  • We will be setting up a forum at http://forum.imagecraft.com for Smart.IO users.
  • As we reached our stretch goal for the KickStarter, we will start work on the Android version of the programmable app soon.
  • Pre-production purchases will be available shortly.

Thank you for your support!

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Smart.IO Demo Project coming soon.

KickStarter link here.

To make it easier to get started with Smart.IO, we will be releasing the complete design to make a smart wall plug. Remember this "old-school" programmable timer?

old style programmable wall plug
old style programmable wall plug

With Smart.IO, the wall plug would be physically much smaller and the programmability is only limited by your imagination. 

For the demo project, we will show you how to write firmware and the UI to use it as a vacation timer or as a timer with daily schedules. The firmware source code and the PCB design will be made freely available. We will even stock some of the parts (such as the plastic housing) to make it easy for you to get started.

Join the Smart.IO revolution today!

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Smart.IO KickStarter is LIVE!!

Sorry for the earlier post - the blog software was messing up the formatting, so I deleted it, forgetting that the software sends out notifications to some people already.

The Smart.IO project is now live on KickStarter. Please check out the write up and watch the video. I hope you will join and become one of the backers. Thank you.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/481671730/app-enable-products-without-writing-wireless-or-ap

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Smart.IO.. coming soon

All embedded product designers want to provide a great user interface for their products. In 2016, the obvious state-of-the-art solution is to write an app to more easily use Widget X. The only problem is that it takes quite a bit of time and $$$ to incorporate the wireless technology needed, and of course even more time for writing the app.

Until Now! - or until Real Soon, that is! Only $16, a few lines of API calls, NO wireless programming, NO app writing... details coming soon on KickStarter!!... Stay Tuned!!

 

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Coming Soon... Smart.IO

A teaser pic:

The IO Solution For Smart Products

 

Coming Real Soon Now....

 

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