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Apr 11 ’14

VSPDL Updated!

It’s been a while since the last update and with Linux kernel advancing as always, we felt it was time to make sure that our VSPDL will work on the new distros.

The newly released VSPDL 1.48 has been tested to work on 3.8 ~ 3.12 kernels, you can grab it from here on our official website.

Mar 18 ’14

When DS1101, Serial Camera and Android come together

Our partner in Israel, IDP, came up with another interesting use of DS1101. Connected is a RS232 camera which is controlled through Android application, static images are sent back from the camera and additional controls are managed in the Android application.

Mar 18 ’14

New Tibbits released

Folks, the following Tibbits are now available:

  • #12: +/-15V power supply
  • #13: Four-channel ADC with -10V ~ +10V range
  • #14: Four-channel DAC with -10V ~ +10V range
  • #28: Ambient light sensor
  • #29: Ambient temperature meter
  • #30: Ambient humidity meter
  • #35: Barometric pressure sensor
  • #36: 3-axis accelerometer

All these Tibbits are controlled through an I2C interface. Reference Tibbo Basic projects are published here: http://tibbo.com/basic/resources/i2c_tibbits.html.

Feb 10 ’14

Official Tibbo Project System app is now available

We’ve just released a demo application for our Tibbo Project System devices. The application allows you to control the I/O lines and serial ports of TPP2 and TPP3 boards.

A very simple set of hardware is minimally required for the tests, yet the application itself is sufficient for working with various Tibbits such as relays, sensor inputs, and so on.

The application demonstrates how to control your TPS system via the DS Manager utility, through the web interface, and the AggreGate Server. The Demo also supports the LCD and keypad of TPS2L devices.

http://tibbo.com/basic/resources/tps_official.html

Jan 29 ’14

TPS is gaining more exposure!

Yesterday, we had a post about our Greek distributor pushing forward with our Tibbo Project System and today we bring to you RFDesign, a company out of Cape Town, South Africa which believe in our new system so much that they had placed an advertisement in the November issue of EngineerIT, which you can checkout on their online magazine section.

We are very excited with all the positive feedback that we have had since product launch and we appreciate all the ideas and feedback that will help the Tibbo Project System to evolve and expand.

Jan 28 ’14

TPS in Greek

Elnetron, our Greek distributor is running on full power to present their local market with our new Tibbo Project System.

You can download their product overview in Greek language here or visit their website for more information.

Jan 20 ’14

Controlling Tibbo devices via Android

As smart mobile devices are playing a larger part in our everyday life, integration with other devices is an inevitability.

Our distributor in Israel, IDP, is starting a new service for their customer, Android based control application which can be custom designed to work with various products that were designed based around Tibbo’s hardware.

Customers can designate what type of Android based device they wish to run the application, from smart phones to tablets and how the user interface looks.

Below are two images of their “lighting control application”, one from a tablet and the other from a smart phone.

Also, you can download the APK from their site.

Jan 14 ’14

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We recently published a dehumidifier hacking instructable based on our Tibbo Project System. Read it here:

www.instructables.com/id/Controlling-3M-dehumidifier-with-Tibbo-Project-Sys/

Jan 14 ’14

Tibbits + Tibbo Project PCB + Tibbo Project Box = Your Unique Automation Device

Take what you need, leave out what you don’t!

This is the slogan for the new Tibbo Project System (TPS) featuring Tibbit™ I/O modules. Traditional approach to satisfying varying needs of automation projects was in offering long lists of product models… Four relays and eight inputs. Six relays and six inputs. Eight relays, 2 inputs, and a serial port, etc. The list goes on and on, yet may still fail to offer a product that will fit the customer’s needs exactly. Realizing that no two automation projects are alike, we at Tibbo chose to walk a different path.

First, We Created Tibbits™

Tibbits (as in “Tibbo Bits”) are blocks of prepackaged I/O functionality housed in color-coded plastic shells. Want an ADC? There is a Tibbit for this. 5V power supply? Got that! RS232/422/485 port? PoE? PWM? We have these, and many other Tibbits, too. Tibbits are divided into Tibbit modules and Tibbit connectors.

Next, We Made BASIC-programmable Tibbo Project PCBs (TPPs) Each TPP can accommodate multiple Tibbit modules and connectors. Only bare essentials are provided on each boards: There is a CPU, an Ethernet port, and a very simple power supply. The rest of the board’s functionality is defined by what Tibbits you plug in. There are several TPP “sizes” that differ in the number of Tibbits they can accommodate. As most Tibbo products, TPPs are programmable in a language called Tibbo BASIC. This easy to learn programming language is particularly suited for control, automation, and networking applications. Tibbo BASIC is complemented by a rich set of programming objects. There are objects for socket (TCP, UDP, HTTP) and serial communications, Wi-Fi, GPRS, file data storage, LCD and keypad control, and many other functions. Tibbo BASIC applications are created using our free Tibbo IDE software (TIDE). This software features a built-in debugger allowing you to upload your Tibbo BASIC application onto the TPP board and cross-debug it through the Ethernet LAN without the aid of any special debugging hardware (such as a JTAG board or an ICE machine).

We Continued With Tibbo Project Box (TPB) Enclosure Kits

Not merely an enclosure for your TPP and Tibbits, a Tibbo Project Box adds an aesthetic touch to your automation projects. The top and bottom walls of an assembled Project Box are formed by two rows of connector Tibbits installed on a TPP. The front cover of the Box is made of translucent plastic that allows you to see the status LEDs of Tibbit modules installed inside. The front panel also accommodates paper inserts similar to those found on office telephones. The inserts are meant for marking wires and ports of your TPS-based automation device.

We Topped it All Off With an Online Project Configurator

To aid our users in the evaluation and creation of TPS-based automation products we designed an online configurator. Name your project, select the TPP board, place required Tibbits, and the Configurator will notify you of potential problems and even calculate the projected power consumption. Validated configurations can be immediately ordered at our online store and optionally shared with Tibbo user community.

Useful links:

Tibbo Project System information: http://tibbo.com/tps

Access to Online Configurator: http://tibbo.com/buy/tps/tpc.html

Tibbo IDE software: http://tibbo.com/tide

This press released was published by…

Industrial Ethernet Book

embedded.dapj.com/

Drives and Controls Magazine

Sensors Magazine

World Industrial Reporter

Slashdot

Jan 13 ’14

New TIDE, Device Explorer released

From Twitter: New TIDE, Device Explorer improve device discovery/handling on PCs with multiple network interfaces (especially notebooks): http://tibbo.com/tide

Previously our Device Explorer wasn’t very good at handling multiple network interfaces of your PC (Ethernet, Wi-Fi, virtual interfaces, etc. etc.). The emphasis was on using the “default” interface, whatever Device Explorer thought it to be. As a result, you might be able to discover (“see”) the device in the Explorer’s window but, weirdly, not able to communicate with it (debug, upload, buzz, etc.).

The new version of Device Explorer always “iterates” through all available network interfaces when attempting to communicate with the target device. This is done for all Device Explorer commands (buzz, reboot, change MAC, upload, etc.) and also for debugging commands sent by TIDE.

As a result, both TIDE and Device Explorer are now much better at reaching Tibbo devices even under constantly changing circumstances. As an example, you might discover and set the target device through the Ethernet interface, then unplug the Ethernet cable, get on Wi-Fi, and still be able to communicate with this target device*.

Kudos to Stuart Berkun for leading us to the realization that Device Explorer needed the interface handling upgrade!

* Provided that Ethernet and Wi-Fi connect you to the same LAN segment.