Sunday, June 19

B-Squares: Solar Powered Arduino In The Wild

The B-Squares is a KickStarter Project launched by Jordan McRae which intended to facilitate the conception of solar powered devices / hacks by the "DIY" community. 
B-Squares is a 3D modular electronics system which emphasize on solar power and expandable energy storage.  Each Square has a magnetic contact on each of the corners which allows the Squares to easily snap together without wires.  The magnetic contacts are also used to transmit electric signals between the Squares.  

The Squares aren't restricted to being connected side-to-side in a single plane, but can also be stacked on top of or perpendicular one another.  Think of it like a deck of electric cards that you can use to make 2D or 3D card houses and have the electricity flow through the entire array        

There are currently 6 different type of B-Squares:
  • Solar-Square -- Includes 0.325W Solar Panel and a non-adhesive microsuction cup material for sticking to windows and other flat surfaces.  
  • Battery-Square -- Includes three (3) internal rechargeable AAA batteries.
  • LED-Square -- Includes three (3) multi-color Light Emitting Diodes (LED).
  • Arduino-Square -- Includes a 3.3V Arduino Pro compatible microcomputer with easy access to the shield ports. 
  • iPhone-Square -- Includes iPhone/iPod dock connector, PC USB connector, and stereo outputs. 
  • Proto-Square -- Includes a standard 2.54mm pitch perfboard area on the printed circuit board (PCB).  
Seeing the incredible success of this KickStarter Project, which reaches nearly six times its goal, one can hope to see this kind of device soon available via the main Arduino e-shops.  
More information on B-Squares project HERE