What the Heck is a Blue Smoke Herder? In a discussion with the first person to request a Shield form me. @Dru Mentioned letting the Blue Smoke out of his original Maslow Shield. For anyone unaware it’s a Maker term for the death of an electronic device.
Me and my friend Harry altered the design of the TLE5206 shield from @blurfl to include 12v power headers to run fans.
I have 5 boards from what I will call V1 that are ready to populate. I ordered 30 more of what I will call V2. These are paddling there way across and ocean by slow post. I suspect I still have a 2 week wait. I wanted to open up a discussion here to get a sense of what people want.
I’m considering a Kickstater to help offset the cost to build these. I also didn’t want to order a large number of boards without testing the design.
What is the TLE5206 ?
It is the Motor Control Chip on the new Maslow Shield, this one is more powerful then the original. I would say it’s an advancement in design.
I’m considering a few diffrent offerings:
Plan A) - A replacement shield for the Existing Maslow.
Plan B) - A Plug and Play version of the shield on an Arduino tested with pre loaded Firmware. Ready to use when it arrives without the need to figure out how to load the firmware. In a custom case with a fan that has mounting tabs for easy installation.
Maybe Plan C) - A full Plan B with an additional PC/Tablet preloaded with Ground Control so you can be up and running without the need for setting up firmware or Ground Control.
I’m opening up the discussion to get more input.