We have been busy planning for DC2019! Next year we are really aiming to push our badge(s) beyond traditional components on circuit boards. We feel like with all of the wonderful badgelife stuff happening, we need to give you more.
This idea aligns perfectly with what we are about - providing unique solutions for unique applications.
We think that what we have in mind will really add a new twist to what can be done for a mass-produced badge.
Here are some pictures to give you a hint about what I mean about going beyond the traditional.
We now have gauge badges available for sale in the store. We only have about 60 of them, so get them while they last!
This unit is fully-scriptable using the PAWN language and has its own SDK for customizing it.
It features 448 RGB LED's arranged in an arc around the gauge perimeter. It has two HSCAN channels routed to the HSCAN pins on the OBD2 connector (6 and 14) and the MSCAN pins (for Ford) on pins 3 and 11. It can be powered through the micro USB connector, the OBD2 connector, or the included 1100mAh LiPo battery. The battery charges via USB or OBD2.
The video above shows a script (that is in the SDK) that implements both RPM and speed being displayed on the badge (I wasn't driving in the video). It uses standard OBD2 commands, so it should work on most vehicles.
The badge ships with many demos. One can be seen in the video below. This script is also in the SDK and can help get you up and going with PAWN.
We have finally shipped out the ECM simulators. I apologize that it took so long. There is a unique SDK for the ECM simulator that you can get here. It is very similar to the badge SDK, but the PAWN API is different to support the ECM's features.
Take a look at the product page for more information on how to use the device.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance using this tool. I think you will find that it can do some powerful things when emulating the vehicle side of the OBD2 port.
We have observed that some badges may experience problems when powering off of OBD2. The two issues we have seen are:
1. Badge does not power up or gets really hot when running from OBD2.
2. USB connection with PC is terminated upon plugging into OBD2.
If you are experiencing these issues, please take a look at this page for more information on how to fix it.
Well, we missed DerbyCon - darn. We have put a lot of work into this badge, but we hit some delays with the PCB's due to a recent Chinese holiday.
My plan is to still build them and have them for sale on the website. They are too cool in my opinion to just put them in the archives.
We are getting the last parts for them tomorrow, and then I am planning on doing a build of 60 pieces. They should be up for sale by the end of the week. This "badge" will be a very useful tool that can be used in your car while you drive (you'll see :-) ). I plan on posting a video of me using it. I'll also try to post a video of what I did to make it work.
We are working on a small badge that we will have for sale at DerbyCon this year! Stay tuned for more details, but I assure you that it will be impressive. It will feature PAWN scripting, have 2x HSCAN, and an OBD2 port. It will have a ton of RGB LEDs - more than the DefCon badge this year - arranged in a "unique" pattern. It will be powered by a LiPo and charges through the micro USB port.
We are working hard to get it done! Prototype PCB's get ordered next week!
I have created a quick guide on how to do the scripting on the badges.
We are working to get all badges shipped this week. I apologize about the delays. If I have your email address, you will be notified of the tracking number. If I have your phone number, I will call you once it has shipped.
The other badge accessories and ECM simulator tool are coming soon. The prototypes have been assembled and I am testing them. Once everything looks good, production will start.
If you got a badge during the show, please see this page on how to get CAN working reliably. If you ordered a badge, no worries - we will do this for you before shipment. My apologies about this slipping through, but I am hoping that one of the three options mentioned on the referred page works well for you.
Here's a video I took of our AP-25 in action during production. It might be interesting to those of you that aren't familiar with the process of making circuit boards.
Thank you all for a great DefCon 26! For those that wish to order a badge, please visit my store here. Time to order is limited, so get yours today!
You will find the PAWN SDK for this year's badges here.
Stay tuned for more information to follow about the badge and also how to obtain the native SDK.
Due to the chaos of my PCB vendors, we have less badges this year as expected. So, we are changing things up. There are two options for badges this year:
1. The badges we brought to the show will be $80 each, and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no limits for purchase quantity.
2. We want to continue running badges after the show. So, we will take orders for badges. These orders will be $60 each, and this will include shipping. We will provide a receipt and send the badge within 1-2 weeks.
We also have some more things that you may be interested in ordering as well:
1. I have an ECM simulator unit that uses PAWN to control dual-CAN channels, and one KWP/LIN channel (can select master or slave configuration via a jumper). The board also has 6 active-low inputs and 6 open-collector outputs. It is powered externally by a 7-14v power supply or via the installed female OBD2 connector (same as what you find on a vehicle). Everything is controllable via PAWN and I will provide an SDK on this page in the very near future. These units will be $50 each, which includes shipping. They will be shipped within 2-4 weeks.
2. I have an NFC-antenna board that interfaces with the badge. This contains the matching network and trace-based antenna for the NFC controller on the badge. These will be $20 each, and this includes shipping. Again, 2-4 weeks for delivery.
3. I have a screwdriver-shaped badge that has a rgb-led matrix (0604 based) and connects via USB to download new screens for it. It is powered off of a LiPo battery and charges via USB. These will be $40 each, which includes shipping. Again, 2-4 weeks for delivery.
Remember how I had to order PCBs from 4 different suppliers? Well, the results are in. It's a short list - I'm only using PCBWin from now on. Here's why:
1. Allpcb didn't even produce any boards for us. They messed around asking silly questions about the design and were voicing concerns about things that shouldn't be concerns at all. I stopped replying to them and they haven't even tried to reach out to me.
2. PCBWay got two orders due to the Allpcb runarounds. Of these orders, here's what happened: they were late - like over a week and a few days late. Several panels were not routed correctly - a drill bit must have broke during production and they didn't catch it for like 10+ panels. Several panels were not the correct thickness. Not a huge deal for the badge, but could be a showstopper for many projects. Several panels had bad traces and were not marked with an x-out - so were they tested like they said they would be?
3. PCBgogo delivered their boards yesterday. Yes, yesterday. The shipping label said they were from PCBwin, so PCBgogo is just a front end for many other suppliers. But here's the interesting thing, this time the PCB's were different - they were missing a panel fiducial. So whoever handled the transfer of data to PCBwin messed up the file. I believe this was a the case because PCBWin's units were excellent.
4. PCBWin rocks. They actually called me twice on the phone from China, during US office hours to discuss issues and if I was pleased with the boards. They are actually the factory that makes them (I strongly suspect). They included a acrylic-encapsulated cut PCB so we could examine the inner structure of the PCBs produced. They got their order done one day early. All panels were tested and we encountered no issues. A+. I wish I used them from the start.