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CoopBoss support / Re: SmartThings Hub 2.0 and new smartphone interface
« on: October 09, 2015, 06:49:28 am »
October Update:
Firmware is locked and testing is complete.  Production boards are on order and will be here in a few weeks.  I should have two units in inventory soon.   

CoopBoss support / Re: SmartThings Hub 2.0 and new smartphone interface
« on: September 17, 2015, 08:03:33 am »
Modifications to the CoopBoss custom device type that allow us to take advantage of the new SmartThings interface are complete.  Here are a few screen shots of the new custom device type.

Notice the two plug icons at the bottom of the 3rd picture.  They control the Aux Port pins 14 and 15 as pictured below.  If you connect an external relay  to these ports you can use these buttons to control whatever you have hooked up to the relay. We currently have our relay hooked up to our coop's internal light so we can turn it on and off with the CoopBoss

CoopBoss support / SmartThings Hub 2.0 and new smartphone interface
« on: September 03, 2015, 11:30:18 am »
The new SmartThings interface has been released today and the new hubs are shipping.  I should have ours in the next week or two and I'm going to hold back on taking pre orders until I have thoroughly tested with it. Don't expect any changes will be necessary but just in case I want to test before I start taking orders.   

CoopBoss support / Re: CoopBoss H3Vx testing update
« on: September 03, 2015, 11:23:46 am »
Got the new .01 ohm shunts in this week and every thing is working as expected.  Now if the wires are shorted to the DC motor the CPU detects the short and sends a fault to SmartThings.  Its pretty much fool proof at this point.   

CoopBoss support / CoopBoss H3Vx testing update
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:09:15 am »
All standard operating testing of the new hardware H3Vx has been going very well for the past couple of weeks.  This week I started testing "bad installation" scenarios.  Things like: What would happen if the user forgot to connect a wire to the actuator?  What would happen if a user connected the wires together causing a short.  What happens if the user doesn't connect the thermistor or the photoresistor.  I want to detect these situations and flag an error letting the user know they have it setup incorrectly or something has pulled loose.

Yesterday during the short test (simulating the power wires to the motor being shorted together) I blew the shunt resistor in the object detection circuit.  The fuse blew as designed but the shunt resistor got to hot and opened up before the fuse blew.   I should be able to make it more resilient by using a lower R value for the shunt resistor.  This change shouldn't require a lot of time but I will have to update the firmware to use the new shunt resistor.  This will push my first shipment of test units back two or three weeks.  The short test is the only test we didn't pass I'm very happy with everything else.  I will get the new shunts on order this week and should have another update in a week or so.

This week I also talked with SmartThings in regards to certification of the CoopBoss' custom device type.  As expected there is going to be a delay on their end of getting to this.  This is not a show stopper as I planned on it taking some time to go through the certification process (up to a year) and in the mean time the users can install the SmartApps and custom device type manually.  I will include steps on how to do this in a white paper. 

CoopBoss support / First draft of CoopBoss product manual
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:19:16 pm »
Here is the first draft of the CoopBoss Product manual. 

CoopBoss support / New CoopBoss H3Vx boards are in
« on: August 04, 2015, 08:04:46 am »
New boards from PCB manufacture are In.

CoopBoss support / New 12v Liner Actuator In and ready for testing.
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:16:26 pm »
Good news I think our new actuator from progressive automatons is going to bring the CoopBoss cost down even more.  It's 1/3 the price of our first actuator and the bench test shows that it preforms just as well.  I will install it out and the field and start collecting data. 

CoopBoss support / CoopBoss Beta test program requirements
« on: July 20, 2015, 03:46:53 pm »
To participate in the CoopBoss beta test program you must have a working installed SmartThings hub and a chicken coop.  If your selected to participate in the program you will get a complete CoopBoss system that includes the controller, door actuator, coop button and two temperature probes.  The system will be sent to you at no cost and when the beta is complete you can return the system or purchase it. 

If your interested in being a CoopBoss Beta Tester please click on the CoopBoss Beta Test Program.PDF for instructions on how to sign up.

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