Dublin, Ireland – 31st January 2014. We are happy to announce the latest ‘New Year’ release of AnalysIR to all our backers & supporters. Since the completion of the crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo we have added over 125 updates and enhancements to AnalysIR, with more to come.
Just a ‘heads up’ to let all backers know that we plan to issue the next release of AnalysIR to everyone within the next 12 hours, as originally planned.
During the last 4 weeks we have received both valuable & contructive feedback, resulting in over 100 Updates or fixes and which also include a selection of new bonus features. As with all new Software, we expect to have more issues reported and we will continue to issue new releases with fixes and additional features monthly or weekly until then end of 2013, as required.
We are very excited about AnalysIR and thanks to the great feedback & suggestions received so far, it is now a much more feature-rich and comprehensive tool than we ever imagined when we embarked on this campaign. We would encourage you all to continue suggesting enhancements and reporting any issues or usability improvements over the coming months.
Download & installation instructions will be contained in the email to be issued later directly to backers. This will be an 0.9.x release and we hope to upgrade this to a 1.0 release before the end of the year.
Just a quick update to let you know how things are progressing with the phase 1 roll-out.
Today we have issued our 2nd release to the initial participants which includes 22 updates and fixes to AnalysIR plus many other updates to the User Guide. AnalysIR has benefited greatly from the feedback received with a bonus of more features added.
We have recently received an Arduino DUE and have succeeded in porting our existing Arduino code to this new device. The porting was surprisingly quick and very few changes were required, which is all credit to the Arduino Team for making it so easy for us. The DUE code will be merged into our release cycle sometime over the next month or so.
So far we have had mainly positive results on the Arduino platform. However, the Raspberry Pi platform (RPi) is presenting more challenges than anticipated. The good news is that we believe we have a workaround for RPi and we will work on resolving any trailing issues over the next weeks. Another aspect of the RPi roll-out is that it requires greater knowledge of things such as Linux, networking and compiling on the RPi for users. We will put some thought and effort into trying to simplify this experience – but this may take more time than anticipated. Arduino is just so easy to use…..
At this time, we would also like to open up the phase 1 roll-out to another 10 backers on a first come basis. So the first 10 emails to arrive in our inbox, from backers, will receive an invitation. You can use the IGG message feature for this or just email info@A?????IR.com (replace the A?????IR with our name). To participate you will need an Arduino or RPi and an IR receiver and of course time.
At this point we still expect to release AnalysIR to all backers in or around Sep 30th.
Finally, many thanks again for all your support and patience.
I just received an email from one backer enquiring about when AnalysIR will be available for download. Here is an edited copy of our reply, in case any other backers have the same question.
As described on the main Campaign page & updates – we have already issued an invitation email for the phase 1 roll-out, which will begin next week and runs for the next 2-3 weeks. The ‘phase 1 invitees’ were selected as per the criteria on the main campaign page (early backers & backers who contributed the most)
If you did not receive an invitation for phase 1, you will receive an email with details on how to download and register AnalysIR after the phase 1 roll-out is completed. (Hopefully in less than 3 weeks or before September 30th 2013).
All IR starter Kits are ‘in the air’ and on their way around the world, including the ones requested this week.
We have completed updating the Getting started guide and have installed a website CMS, discussion forum & bug tracking system on our website. However, we don’t plan to expose anything on our website just yet.
We will continue to work through our task list for the remainder of this week.
Wow, what a couple of months this has been with over 1,300 emails received, new partners, over 4,168 referrals to the campaign, 208% funded, several world firsts with IR on Arduino & Raspberry Pi and most importantly backed by 150 people from 32 Countries across the globe. Not to mention some great bonus features added to AnalysIR along the way, some of which have been inspired by our backers.
Our tasks for the next week include, progress on the following:
– Documentation – Installation Package for download – Some bug fixing – Online bug tracker – Online discussion board – Web site – Select & Issue email Invitations to 1st phase roll-out participants – Ship remaining kits.
I would like to finish up this update by welcoming our latest backers and thanking all our backers for your support.
We posted another update a couple of days ago covering many of these points, but it seems to have evaporated (Maybe I forgot to hit the ‘Post’ button).
We know some of the kits have arrived locally in Ireland. However, one backer reported that the packaging was ‘compromised’ but that the components were OK. He sent us some photos & we will now update packaging on all future kit shipments. If any backer experiences a problem with the packaging, email us and we will sort it out. We plan to post the next batch of kits over the weekend or early next week.
On the Raspberry Pi front we have learned some differences compared to Arduino. For what we are doing with AnalysIR, Arduino appears superior, which was initially surprising considering the 16MHz vs 700Mhz CPU speed. But apparently, it’s because Arduino is dedicated exclusively to IO & RPi is a linux based OS doing lots of other things simultaneously. I believe RPi may perform better with kernel patches or over-clocking, but we don’t want to go there yet.
Yesterday we got the measurement of IR modulation frequency working on RPi using GPIO. This may be a world first for both Arduino & RPi. The only downside is that we cannot decode the signal & measure the modulation frequency simultaneously on the RPi, which we can on the Arduino. So for now, we will just provide a command line facility on RPi for measuring modulation Frequency. We have also written a script to take the raw output from LIRC on the RPi and convert it to AnalysIR format via LAN, which means we can also use LIRC as a real-time recording mechanism on RPi. (In theory, it should be easy to extend this to every other Linux platform with LIRC installed) One bonus with the RPi is that we can already decode & analyse IR signals over the LAN, a feature which the Yún will also provide via WiFi. We also read the blog post on the upcoming Arduino Yún release and can’t wait to get AnalysIR running on it…… The Yún should work out of the box, via serialUSB as it also has a Leonardo on-board and we will have to write up some small script to enable the WiFi part (Oct+ time-frame for WiFi).
Regarding our planned roll-out (circa 9th Sep), we plan to stick with a 2 phase approach as outlined on the main campaign page. If there are additional slots available for the initial phase we will contact backers directly. The reason is to avoid wasting time for 100+ people with a new release.
I would like to finish off by thanking you all for supporting AnalysIR.