A SIGNUL being configured for pre-scan in the chamber.
Today was FCC pre-scan day! For people not familiar with the process, it is required for FCC and CE marks (common on all radio transmission devices) to ensure things like:
- Acceptable power levels – radio transmitters in different frequencies are governed to transmit at specified maximum power levels. The scan checks to make sure that you are not exceeding an acceptable level.
- Frequency calibration – ensures that you are transmitting only in the bands that you have specified (Bluetooth LE is in the 2.4ghz band) and not on different frequencies or harmonics.
We’re pleased to announce that SIGNUL passed it’s pre-scan and is headed into a full test cycle for FCC and CE certification. This is another great step forward in our production pipeline!
Exciting news from our Software Engineers on the API front – IFTTT integration will be ready for testing next week!
We’ve been working hard to stand up our API and security over the holidays, and things are coming together nicely. The initial implementation of the SIGNUL API will include beacon registration and real time detection and relay of SIGNUL zone entry/exit events. In the future, we may expose some hooks back into the SIGNUL App for triggering custom messaging and responses, but we’re going to get the basics dialled first.
Limited access to the API will be provided to developers with really great ideas for using the SIGNUL ecosystem to build or enhance their products. If you have an idea for how to use SIGNUL, please get in touch with your idea.
As of this morning we’ve booked our certification testing! We’ll be doing an FCC pre-scan in early January at QAI who are just down the road from us in Pitt Meadows (that’s a suburb of Vancouver for those of you who do not live in the Metro area). If the results are good we’ll continue on with full FCC/CE certification testing in the following days. If the results are bad we’ll rush back to the IoT Design Shop lab to figure out what went wrong. We did a pre-scan on an old rev of the Signul hardware, and nothing has changed significantly, so we’re confident there won’t be any issues. There’s a bit of firmware work to do on our part before the testing so we’ll be plugging away at that over the holiday break. There will most likely be some eggnog involved.
We’ve also selected a partner, Colpitts Design, to work with on our plastics. They’ll start by correcting all of the flaws in our mechanical design (well, our model was designed for 3D printing so they are actually optimizations) and then produce prototypes for assessment. If those are good we’ll move on to tooling, test shots and manufacturing. We’re sure it’ll be that simple and that there won’t be any roadblocks along the way. Right. What’s super cool about all this is that Colpitts are based in Southern Ontario meaning all of our plastics work, from model revision to manufacturing, will be done onshore.
This is definitely a milestone moment for Signul as these items are what we set out to fund through our Indiegogo campaign. But with that sense of accomplishment comes the realization of how much work we still have ahead of us.
That’s all for now!
Uploading SIGNUL firmware onto the IoT Core
SIGNUL is based on the IoT Core, which is a Bluetooth Low Energy module developed by our team at the IoT Design Shop.
We’ve built custom iBeacon firmware for our board which also carries the ‘SIGNUL protocol’ which allows us to embed extra metadata to enhance the user experience in the SIGNUL App by providing a more automated detection and setup system.
Today, we began programming all the boards for the 3D printed perks which will be shipping soon!
All systems go! We currently have our printer farm dedicated to fulfilling our 3D printed SIGNUL perks for our Indiegogo campaign backers. We’re going to begin shipping this week, and will continue printing until we’ve shipped everything out to our supporters.
Great post on SIGNUL by Stephanie Chon on brit.co!
Hey everyone – fast and furious over here!
We’ve rounded the corner into focusing on our plastics and prep work for the SIGNUL form factor. The goal is to make a high quality, durable case for SIGNUL beacons that doesn’t cost an excessive amount to produce. As we expected, there are challenges and compromises to be made, but things are progressing nicely.
The shot above is our “Shopbot CAM” which we’ve got trained on our CNC machine which is being used to develop functioning prototypes of the enclosures. For those of you that selected the proof enclosures as an Indiegogo perk – they’re coming! On track for Jan 2015.
3D printing of the early perks is also still progressing. We’ve been challenging our Flash Forge’s and Makerbots to produce, and they have been cranking away on beacon enclosures at least 12 hours a day. The next batch will be shipping next week, so keep an eye on your mailbox!
3D Printed SIGNUL Beacons are beginning to ship out now!
We’re pleased to announce that SIGNUL has hit an important pre-production milestone! Our first batch of 3D printed kits shipped out a couple weeks ago to our Erli Bird Beta Contest Winners!
We’ve been refining the prints based on feedback and testing and are getting our second round of 3D printed SIGNULs into production. So far, they’ve turned out great, but need a few tweaks to improve our build times so that we can satisfy a greater volume of units going forward!
Thanks to everyone for their patience and support. SIGNUL is looking great!
Welcome to the Signul blog! This is where you’ll be able to stay up to date on the goings on of Signul as we take the product from successfully crowdfunded to production. The topics and authors will vary depending on what happens during a given week, but we hope that regardless of what the content is you’ll find it both informative and entertaining. I guess what I’m saying is please don’t lose interest if we write about packing boxes one week instead of RF certification testing. Unfortunately not everything is as exciting as packing boxes. Our goal to post at least once a week, but realistically the frequency will be higher or lower depending on what is going on in Signul land.
We’re really hoping our supporters will play a large role in the blog. Let us know if you want us to dive into more detail on a topic or even if there’s something we haven’t talked about that you’d like us to. The whole purpose of the blog is to keep building on the momentum of our Indiegogo campaign and to continue to get your feedback and ideas for the product.
Signul is also available for pre-order on Grand St, so if you want a Signul and didn’t have a chance to back us during the campaign you can still get one. You can also get more if you did back the campaign.
Thanks for stopping by and look for more in the coming weeks!
Graham and the team at IoT Design Shop, a.k.a. the people who developed Signul.