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Martin
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FAQ

Postby Martin » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:27 pm

Q: Why do you sometimes call it RasPiComm+ and sometimes PiloT?
A: RasPiComm+ was the project codename for the PiloT, but we're now calling it PiloT. If you see some old reference, we haven't gotten to updating it yet.

Q: When will the PiloT be released?
A: Very soon! We've just fulfilled our indiegogo batch.

Q: How many different modules will the PiloT+ support?
A: 4.

Q: What type of modules are planned for the PiloT Launch?
A: The following list shows the different modules we want to have ready for the launch:

- Debug Header
- input (8-ports)
- output (8-ports)
- rs485 (1-port)
- rs485_2p (2-port)
- rs485_4w 4-wire
- rs232 (1-port)
- rs232_2p (2-port)

Q: Is that all? Do you have more planned?
A: :mrgreen: Of course we do!
We're currently testing:
- gsm
- gps
- 1-wire
- can
- io16

Q: What kind of software support will you provide?
A: We will provide drivers in the form of kernel modules, firmware for the PiloT, a setup script to configure your PiloT and example programs that make use of the modules.

Q: Where can I buy it?
A: We will keep you posted as soon as it's available. If you want, you can signup at our newsletter:
http://www.amescon.com/newsletter/subscribe" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
and we will send you an e-Mail when it's available.

Q: How do I get the driver?
A: We will provide the driver as a kernel module:
1) pre-compiled for the rasbpian kernel and packaged as a debian package (.deb)
2) and in source code form hosted on our github page,
just like we did with the RasPiComm.

Q: What can I do with it?
A: Well, the possibilities are nearly endless. I'd recommend taking a look at the tutorials here to get some ideas.
http://www.amescon.com/tutorials

I will update this thread as necessary.

Take care,
Martin
Checkout the RasPiComm Rs485 tty Driver
Checkout simple sample apps Sample Apps in C or
Sample Apps in C# / Mono

chris83
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Re: FAQ

Postby chris83 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:36 pm

Exciting news :D

Any hints you can give towards a release date?

Martin
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Re: FAQ

Postby Martin » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:15 am

Hi,

Sorry for my late reply!

I've recently got the gps-module and the 8-port anlog input module working and I am currently working on the 16-gpio module... that is to say we're making steady progress and expect to have launch really soon.

I'm pretty excited and hope to have an update with more details (and maybe even pictures) soon - presenting things we're working on is really not my strong suit :oops:

Take care,
Martin
Checkout the RasPiComm Rs485 tty Driver
Checkout simple sample apps Sample Apps in C or
Sample Apps in C# / Mono

Just2draw
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Re: FAQ

Postby Just2draw » Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:23 am

This board really looks exciting - it will take Raspberry Pi plug in flexibility to a new level. Is there an updated release date so I can snag one from RS?

Oh, and how about Raspberry Pi 2? Fully compatable I'd assume.

Martin
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Re: FAQ

Postby Martin » Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:41 am

Hi,

yes, it runs on the raspberry pi 2! :mrgreen:

We're currently getting everything ready for the launch (including a relaunch of the website) and hope that we can show you updates soon! As for the RS-Components release - we don't have a time line yet and we will keep you posted as soon as we know.

Take care,
Martin
Checkout the RasPiComm Rs485 tty Driver
Checkout simple sample apps Sample Apps in C or
Sample Apps in C# / Mono

vicu
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Re: FAQ

Postby vicu » Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:06 pm

Hello Martin,
can you confirm the project is still alive?
I would buy some PiloTs, i have send various email in the last months but nobody answer.....
Please let me know
Thanks

chris83
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Re: FAQ

Postby chris83 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:20 pm

I think it is safe to say that this project is dead. It's been almost 2 years since Amescon announced a release. I've been following this project for years and there has unfortunately been a consistent lack of updates from Amescon, which is a shame since this was initially a very exiting project.


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