Yippie – the kind and helpfull people at Abatec did the pick’n’place of 12 OggStreamer-Boards. The next step is the assembling the devices, the mechanical works are already on their way – so maybe next week their will be 12 fully assembled OggStreamer devices. I have to note that from this first batch only selected Beta-Testers will get a device.
The software still needs some improvement, currently I am facing problems running the icecast2 Server under uclinux. icecast2 consists of 4 threads and only 2 of them start when I start the program. It could be a out-of-memory issue, but some how I doubt that. It definitely needs some remote- or printf-debugging to get the program running – apart from that I am thinking of fine tuning the Input- and Output amplifiers. Maybe I will take away the output OPA, as the VS1063 already handles about the same current. The OPA was placed in the design, mainly for ESD-Protection, but I will experiment, whether the R-C combo is good enough.
If anybody of you is interested in the obtaining a Bare-PCB of the current Rev1.0b design, there are five pieces, which I would give away for a small project donation.
Welcome on Board Abatec. This company will do the Pick’N’Place for the first batch of OggStreamer-Devices. Thanks you very much! Check out their promotion video below (it is German):
Abatec is a austria-based company. They do engineering as well as the complete production of devices. Their competences spread over a broad spectrum. Besides that they also have a strong focus in engineering Wellness (Saunas, etcs..) products.
Thanks very much – doing the Pick’N’Place sounds easy but this process takes a lot of work – So this is a really big favor this company is offering to us.
We are also thinking of recording the Pick’N’Place process using a high speed camera – as their machinery is to fast to be to be visible to the naked eye 🙂
WEdirekt is sponsoring the manufacturing of the first batch of PCBs, which is a real great help for us. Thank YOU !!!
The following Video documents the process of ordering PCBs on WEdirekt’s Online-Shop:
Yesterday I went to meet Johann, who jumped in to help in getting the mechanical work done for the OggStreamer-housing. He is a sympathic helpful guy, working as a school teacher in a mechanical Workshop and therefore has access to the needed tools. We first meet at the Open Technology Labratory, when I was organizing an Arduino-Workshop.
For my person i am not very fimilar with the possible processes of producing all those holes needed for the connectors, buttons, knobs, LEDs, etc… My first guess was Laser-Cutting (maybe because we are experimenting with 3D-Printers latley, and Laser-Cutting is also well discussed in this scene). I still don’t know if it is possible – but Alu, due to its matieral properities needs quite a high performance laser to do the cutting … But after the talk yesterday i noticed that there are other options too. Well, for the round holes drilling is the obvious way. But what to do with all those squares? I didn’t know till now but one way is CNC Punching. (Youtube Video).
Thank you Johann for supporting this Project.
The friendly people from the German Reprap Foundation (short: grrf) – contributed half a kilo of tranparent PLA, which is a plastic material made out of starchy plants. We are going to use this PLA Filment on our Prusa Mendel 3D Printer in the OTELO (the Open Technology Labaratory), to produce the light guides of the VU-Meter, On-Air and PowerLED for the OggStreamer.
Thank you Jan & Florian @ grrf.de
Yes. We’ve got another supporter and for this one I am especially enchanted. The name of the company is Barix, and they are specialized in producing audio-streaming devices. Their quality streaming solutions – like for example the Instreamer 100 is used by a number of radiostation I know personally. So if you need a streaming solution with an out-of-the-box experience they are an excellent option.
And they agreed to the following: They are willing to sponsor one OggStreamer to the OpenHardware-Community. So basically they are paying for one device that we can give away for free to a commited developer or to a free radiostation. And by buying this unit they further support the production of the first batch of devices. 🙂 How cool is that?
Today i am very happy to announce that WEdirekt is supporting this Project as well. WEdirekt is Würth Electronics PCB and Stencil Manufacturing-division. They agreed to sponsor this Project by producing the PCBs for the first Batch of devices, which is very kind of them. In past me and friends of mine already used their first-class PCB-Service for a number of projects. We used their service for example to manufacture 50 pcs. of Sanguinololus (thanks Joem, this way) and distributed them to a number of RepRap-builders all around. Back then we were very pleased with the quality of the PCBs and so WEdirekt was my first choice when looking for PCB manufacture for this Project. Luckily they agreed to support us 😉 Many thanks to the WEdirekt-Team.
The friendly people at VLSI Solutions agreed to sponsor this Project with 25 pcs. of their VS1063 Audio DSP. The Oggstreamer Projects uses this chip for converting the Analog Audio into compresssed ogg/vorbis. Many thanks for your support! 🙂