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Tessel Reach #142
We've discussed the idea of Tessel Reach as our next hardware. Making this issue as a place to develop on that idea.
What is Tessel Reach?
Tessel Reach is a BLE-enabled low-power node. It breaks out a standard 10-pin Tessel module port and is meant to work in concert with a Tessel 2.
The point of Tessel Reach is to enable low-power internet-connected devices to be programmed in high-level languages - an extension of Tessel into the low-power realm, and a sensible/accessible way to connect many distributed sensor nodes to form a sensor ecosystem.
The Tessel 2 is meant to work as the hub of a star network whose points are Reach modules. The Tessel 2 is the main entry point for the programmer:
The Reach modules are low-power relatively "dumb" components:
Is there hardware for this?
Yes! This repo contains some functional hardware designs.
What's the status of this project?
This is an idea we developed in early 2015 to the point of hardware and some of the software, but didn't have the bandwidth to develop in concert with Tessel 2. Here are the two main repos:
The software repo's Readme has a good overview of status in the Priorities section.
I think that Tessel Reach would be very useful. I ordered a similar project from kickstarter (a long time ago, but still haven't received it). Here is a link to the McThings project on kickstarter.
When I do receive the one I ordered from kickstarter, I will feed back to you guys, if you think it might be useful?
referenced this issue
Jul 3, 2016
Transferring over some discussion from tessel/this-week-in-tessel#27: