Today’s post is quite a short one, we have most of the components still waiting to arrive but the PCBS themselves have arrived and look nice and shiny.
Here’s a picture of a few.
On today’s update we have 3 main bits of news:
Cambridge Raspberry Jam -
Today I will be presenting and demoing the RTK-000-001 at the Cambridge Raspberry Jam. The talk will explain the kit and hopefully code the board to move one motor. You can watch the jam from your computer at home using http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/ioa/streaming/ , The Jam starts at about 1PM and I will be presenting at 3:50PM (GMT)
The board is compatible with ScratchGPIO! It works as simple as setting a pin to high and low for each motor and direction. A vine of this can be found at https://t.co/3lm5rRD83j
More parcels arriving -
Yesterday we had some more deliveries, mainly packaging and postage materials arriving. Our suppliers lead time is still February for some of the components.
We hope to have the PCBS arrive in the next few days and finish the instructions off and post them online.
Good news! We have just ordered the rest of the components, but the lead time currently from the supplier is the beginning of February. We know that some components will arrive soon and will be able to ship the backers ones out earlier.
We are due for most of the items to arrive within the next few weeks.
We are full steam ahead with production of the kits, we currently have the PCBS, Chips and Packaging on order and should be able to order the rest of the components tonight.
After we receive everything we will be able to package them all up and ship them out as soon as possible. We are currently on track for the end of December to have all of these shipped by but if any delays occur we are hoping by the end of February at the latest.
As always we will be updating our twitter account @RyanteckLTD constantly with updates.
The RTK-000-001 is a budget motor controller board for the Raspberry Pi. Capable of driving two DC motors at 0.5A each (Or 1 motor at 1A) at 4.5-12V (Although the chip is capable of 35V the board is only designed for 12V and this is all we at Ryanteck recommend to use it at).
To setup the board all you need to do is screw in the motors into the M1 and M2 terminals and screw in cables for the voltage for the motors in the DC in socket. Clip it ontop of your Raspberry Pi. Then simply write your code to turn on the pins required for that motor. Its that simple! Want to do speed control? Software PWM on the Raspberry Pi works great with this add on!
The board will be sold as a kit to be put together, we recommend that average soldering experience is required to solder the board together with full step by step instructions included. It has a total of 9 components, with only two of these being difficult to solder. Please note solder is not included with the kit.
I designed this board to be two things, simple to program and cheap to buy with education being in mind. The total cost of the board including Postage and packaging is $20 (Or around £12.50 in the UK). Total is $24.50 (€18.20) for the EU, the rest of the world will be coming after the tindie fundraiser due to extra work and requirements needed for us to be able to post them out.
The boards are planned to be manufactured in the United Kingdom with all of the components bought from a UK Supplier. The boards will then be put into their kits and posted out directly from us. The board pictured above is made by the final PCB Manufacturer.
To be able to get the components and PCBS to a cheap enough price while still being able to source the components from UK Suppliers we are running a Tindie Fundraiser to be able to fund the project. A total of 50 boards sold is required for the fundraiser to be successful enough for us to make the kit. Our current estimates are that by the end of February we would be able to ship them out by, delays may happen causing them to be later.
The boards will be sent out via Royal Mail using first class post.
It is being limited to the EU for the fundraiser to avoid any issues we may have with sending out and customs declarations. After the fundraiser we hope to be able to expand it world wide.
Update! – If we don’t ship to your country, request us to via tindie and we will look into if we can!
Welcome to Ryanteck LTD. A start up based in the United Kingdom who are developing RPiDNS, a service to help get Raspberry Pis hosting websites. And launching an accessory for the Raspberry Pi Soon.