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As part of the current Kickstarter campaign for the SRF-Shield we are releasing the full schematics and eagle cad files. We are also releasing the lastest XinoRF and Slice of Radio files.

Our aim when designing products is to make them simple enough to use, that a schematic is not really needed. But as we grow so does the level of experience our customers have.

We know some like to get in and know every little detail. In posting the designs for these three products we also hope it show you just how easy it is to integrate the SRF directly into your own PCB designs.
I've posted all the files to a new github repo here and if your not comftorble with using github you can also get them all in a zip from here(link)

There are PDF version of the schematics as well as the native eagle files each in there own directory. Click the pics below to go straight to the PDF's or click here to read more

b2ap3_thumbnail_R017---SRF-Shield-v1.0.jpgXinoRF v1.3 schematic


I'm just trying to put the finishing touches to a Kickstarter project to help lauch a new wireless shield for Arduino shaped boards. Called the SRF shield it has some unique features:

Has the same advanced switching circuit of our XBee shield that means no jumper flipping or unplugging when you do a normal sketch upload

Has an onboard chip antenna (upto 100m) but has also pads for adding a wirewhip, SMA or u.fl connector to get ranges upto 1000m

Support wireless sketch uploads direct from the IDE without any extra software, we are the only people in the world to offer this

It's £9.99 including VAT (that's about a quarter of what an XBee + adapter would cost)

It's just the kind of producet we hoped we could make (exceptional price and performance), it's all down to the growing number of people who love our radios that we are now making SRF's in such quantity we can achieve such a low price.

Thank you to every single one of our customers



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The Raspberry Jamboree 2014 is being held in Manchester on the 27th & 28th of February.

Miles and I will be there with a range of Ciseco products to show of and sell.

Due to the event we are out of the office for a few days and so forum registrations and question might not get processed or answered as quick as normal

Tickets are still available 


There is also a family Hack-day on Saturday 1st March which we are also attending 








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In the 2013 Postscapes Internet of Things awards, our Wireless Inventors Kit achieved:

  • People's Choice runner up in the “Best Open Source Internet of Things Product” category

If you have not got one of these very popular Wireless Inventors Kits yet, you will want to get one from our shop:http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/raswik


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Our Raspberry Pi Wireless inventors Kit is up for Open Source IoT product of the year. If you can spare 8 seconds, I'd be over the moon if you were to click the heart icon and vote for us?





Congratulations and huge kudos to Andy.  Here is a link to a great blog post on how he created a colour LLAP display.

As a new initiative to encourage people to build new and exciting ideas with our hardware, we are going to be giving back the cost of the our parts used in projects as credits in our store.

YEP, that's FREE hardware (but you have to write it up and do something original so we can reblog it)

Check out his project


More evidence that the IoT is one hot topic, excerpt from Gartner website

The Internet of Everything

The Internet is expanding beyond PCs and mobile devices into enterprise assets such as field equipment, and consumer items such as cars and televisions. The problem is that most enterprises and technology vendors have yet to explore the possibilities of an expanded internet and are not operationally or organizationally ready. Imagine digitizing the most important products, services and assets. The combination of data streams and services created by digitizing everything creates four basic usage models – Manage; Monetize; Operate; Extend. These four basic models can be applied to any of the four "internets” (people, things, information and places).  Enterprises should not limit themselves to thinking that only the Internet of Things (i.e., assets and machines) has the potential to leverage these four models. Enterprises from all industries (heavy, mixed, and weightless) can leverage these four models.

See the full document - http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2603623

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Because we are selling many more radios these days our buying power is gradually going up so we get better discounts. The SRF stick is now below £20 including VAT.  http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/srf-stick-868-915-mhz-easy-to-use-usb-radio/

We recently created bulk pricing on the SRF's and are looking to do what we can across the range in future. The XRF family remains (I believe) the best value radios, and competes with Digi, LPRS and others who sell similarly featured devices at 2 to 3 times the price.




Everyday Practical Electronics

Issue : 131101


... designed to be highly accessible, enabling anyone with basic computing skills to build wireless Pi projects. See: http: / / shop. ciseco .co.uk / resellers RPi programming challenge IIhe PA Consulting Group is challenging teams from schools and universities to put their technology skills, ingenuity ...


John Alexander video-ed my presentation in which I introduce and demo the Wireless Inventors Kit for the Raspberry Pi at the Cambridge Raspberry Pi Jam, on Saturday 21 September 2013. 

He was kind enough to put it on YouTube so you can check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYVLEBLn9IA&feature=youtu.be

Thank you John!







ZSL who own Whipsnade and London zoo recently won a £1/2 millon grant for a camera system that utilises our radios. Here's a link to an article in PC pro about it.

Poachers caught red-handed by the Raspberry Pi (PC Pro article)


The google global impact challenge site (original wildlife project)



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We spent a couple of days down at BBC headquarters (the fabled Television centre). We ran 3 different Internet of Things demos for Peter Day's show. Laura Grey the shows producer arranged everything.




Not mentioned in the show but on who we depended was Xively for the Temperature example and Esendex for the SMS alerts from the sandwich trolley,

The part on Ciseco is between 6 mins 34 and 12 mins 39



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The repeater I'm building simply listens to two different PANID's (a group of radios), anything broadcast on one network group is broadcast on the other. It's a great way to extend networks by creating a celluar type arrangement.


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On Saturday I went to Cambridge with a box of recent goodies (Wireless Inventors Kit and the Pi LITE).

The Raspberry Pi Jam arranged by Michael Horne was a great day out (even the wife found it interesting). Lots of good questions were asked and hopefully good answers provided. If the overall response to the wireless kit turns into sales, then we have a little gem on our hands.

There were 6 presentations given on the day, half of them had our wireless devices in, as you can imagine I was delighted. Boris's intro into wireless was so much better than I could have done myself, if I had the money I'd offer him a job :). The Cambridge Consultants work for ZSL (which they got a £500,000 award for from Google) was great to see being powered by our radios. Gert's presentation on putting things into production was well recieved and a journey I know only too well. I overheard Ebden saying positive things about what we had taken but being knee deep in another conversation I missed the chance to say hello, maybe next time.

Next one is in September, I would recommend going to anyone into tinkering with electronics and code.

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Many of you will have heard of the game of life (wiki page 



Amy Mather has done something rather cool, she has the game of life running on one of our Pi LITE boards.

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We are investigating why the openmicros.org site is slower than normal. Sorry guys

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Tony Smith wrote a good review of the Pi-Lite for The Register:  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/10/review_ciseco_pi_lite_for_raspberry_pi/

He suggested we make the user documentation a bit clearer, so we did. Take a look and tell us what you think.

Don't forget to check out the new Pi-Lite emulator. Not as good as the real thing, but it will give you a good idea of what you can do with the shipping firmware.

BTW, the Kickstarter project for a white Pi-Lite is coming to an end. It is hugely successful and well over target. With just just a few days left, there is not much time to secure your award.

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Did you wonder how we made it possible for your Twitter feed to scroll in real time across the Pi-Lite on your Pi? Here is the document that explains how to set things up: 


Miles has sourced bright white LEDs for the Pi-Lite, but we need to buy a lot of them at once so we can bring a whilte Pi-Lite to you at a reasonable price. We need the community to help raise sufficient funds for us to place such a large order. What better way than to do this via Kickstarter. If you think you want to be one of the first people to have a bright white Pi-Lite, take a look at the White Pi-Lite Kickstarter Project. It seems to be quite popular, so hurry.