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The Eagle PCB design files are now available for download from the Strobit Project Page.  Constructive feedback is appreciated.  Please treat these as an early alpha release, the PCB has not yet been verified.

I have also released the design files for a blank personality board, this can be used as a starting point for any future boards.

I will shortly have an early release of the Basic Strobist Personality board online.

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These are components I’ve created for Eagle3D.

You may also want to check out the tutorials on how to create your own components.  http://blog.everythingrobotics.com/tutorials/eagle3d-tutorials/using-google-sketchup-to-create-components/

Components

HopeRF RFM12B SMD 433Mhz/915Mhz RF Module

RFM12BSMD

Microchip MR24J40MA FCC Approved 2.4GHZ 802.15.4 RF Module

MRF24J40MA

Sparkfun SMA PCB Edge

SMA_FEMALE_PCB

PJ-326 3.5mm Jack http://www.switchcn.com/

PJ326

900Mhz GSM SMA Antenna attached to PCB SMA Connector

SMA_connector_antenna_hor

Downloads:

Strobit Eagle3D Library (19/03/2009) Download

Links

Disclaimer:

These are provided AS-IS and may contain bugs and or discrepancies and may not be to scale.

If you find any bugs or problems or make enhancements please feel free to contact me so I can update the downloads.

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Well there aren’t really any downloads for this projects just yet.

However for the prototype based on the PIC16F88:

  • Drawings are available here
  • BoostC source code and Eagle files are here .

If you have any questions please contact me via the contact form.

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Firmware Details:

At the moment it’s pretty basic, but works!  Source is available via SVN (see download page)

The mode is set at powerup by pressing the manual trigger button. If pressed then mode is set to Master, default powerup is in slave mode (i.e.. do nothing). Master mode is identified by a single flash of the LED, Slave is a double flash. This way any of the units can be master or a slave.

Master mode sends a remote trigger command to the slaves when the manual trigger button is pressed, or a trigger signal is detected on the Trigger Input. The LED is light briefly when triggered.

Slaves will only trigger the local strobe if trigger test button is pressed, or a remote trigger command is received via RF. The status LED will light briefly when triggered by either of these means.

The Master will send out a keep-alive broadcast once every 5 seconds. The units LED (master and slaves) will blink briefly to indicated successful RF Link.

Back-Prototype Triggr Home Next – Protocol Details

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Introduction

20/03/09 *UPDATE * This project now has a new home and is actively being developed on Google code project hosting http://code.google.com/p/strobit/

IMPORTANT    This page is no longer being being maintained please go to the new project page.

Welcome to the Strobit Triggr Project, an open source hackable wireless trigger used in photography lighting by using low cost strobe units triggered remotely via RF. This was started while trying to find a cost effective and reliable solution to the commercial alternatives out there. At one end of the market is the Ebay or Cactus Trigger, which is low cost but rather unreliable. At the other end of the market there is the industry standard, Pocket Wizards, very reliable, but very expensive (i.e. way out of my price range).

What I wanted to do was to create an open platform that anyone can easily build for a low cost and then be expand upon by the community. The pair of prototypes I’ve built were a proof of concept that I can get a camera to trigger a strobe unit reliably at a low cost. From early tests it appears that I’ve succeeded in my goal, but further testing is required.

triggr0103

Project Status :

- Prototype successfully working in single master/slave configuration !

- (20/03/2009) Project now has a home at Google Code – http://code.google.com/p/strobit/

Still Todo:

  • Specifications
  • Hardware Design
    • Schematics
    • PCB
  • Software Design
    • Wireless
    • User Interface
    • Protocol
  • Hardware Prototype

License

The strobit hardware design is covered by The TAPR Open Hardware License. Please see http://www.tapr.org/ohl.html for further details.

Schematics:

Strobit Triggr Block Diagram Strobit Triggr Topology StrobIt Triggr Schematic

Prototype Details

Firmware Description

Protocol Description

Downloads – Files associated with the project

Tests – Tests done so Far

In the Wild – Version of this trigger made by others

I’m toying with the idea of putting together a low cost kit for the enthusiast. i.e. PCB, pre-programmed PIC, etc. So we could all benefit with a bulk order of the components. If your interested please email me using the contact form the top menu or use the mailing list signup on the right to give me an indication of numbers interested. Once I finaliaze the design and get some idea of numbers I’ll get a better idea of price. At the moment it will only be available in kit form due to FCC and other Licensing regulations.

Future Improvements:

  • Higher Sync Speed.
  • Frequency Hopping.
  • Forward Error Correction.
  • Power management.
  • UI to change settings, Channel etc.
  • Save settings in Flash memory.