First Two CUBE3s Are Out!

The great day on which two units equipped with three-axis accelerometers and new flight-logbook recording feature have finally reached their happy owners. The first one is about to start its fruitful career in a Piper 28 while the second found its home in an (to me) odd-looking Morane-Saulnier MS.880 πŸ™‚

Despite their confusing micro-USB connector they can be powered directly from the 12V power rail (4 to 15V to be exact). Naturally they sport all the sweet features like the previous development stages – here I’d like to highlight bluetooth communication delivering surrounding traffic information, over-the-air updates and logbook downloads directly to an Android-based phone or tablet (the app will come later, I promise πŸ˜‰ ).

Currently I’m experimenting with various models of the enclosure: from the top – slim (for simple micro USB-power, 17mm of height), regular (RJ45, 20mm) and finally a thick boxes for the battery-powered variant (24mm).

Back on Track

Are you familiar with saying “I have a friend who has a friend..?”

I have a friend who has a friend who can solder.. and I mean really, really well! Using a microscope in combination infra-heating chamber he managed to solder that tiny 3x3mm chip with 24 (no-)legs and it works in all three specimen he produced. I have never seen such a great and clean job before! Awesome!!

It’s so delightful! Just look at that beauty!

This also means we could verify the PCB design is correct and thus we can start truly “massive” production. Even after some had indicated they have no use for such a lovely accelerometer and wish the board to be unpopulated in that spot (complications, grrrr!) But for the other not-so-blindfolded individuals I presume this would be a nice to have extended functionality πŸ™‚

Stay tuned as further detail on OGN CUBE3s build will come shortly!