The app allows you to manage traditional air conditioners that are controlled through infrared remotes. Designed for the office environment, the app relies on the ambient brightness (measured by Tibbit #28) to determine whether the aircon should be running or not. In the office setting, no lights = no people = no need for the aircon to work.
The second function performed by the app is measuring the ambient temperature. Many aircon systems, especially older ones, are terrible at monitoring the actual temperature in the room. This app turns the aircon on and off basing on the data from our new temperature probe. Real temperature feedback means more comfortable working environment and reduced electricity bills. Read on...
"After a few weeks of working with TIBBO on this product, I am now of the opinion it is one of the cleanest and simplest little automation / controller units I have reviewed so far. Not the most powerful and not the best for all environments but when it comes to the "Normal Human Occupied" environment, this is certainly a great choice. Price and flexibility is there and my experience with their support over the last few weeks."
- Peter Oakes, Breadboard YouTube Channel
Based on the powerful 1GHz Cortex-A8 Sitara CPU from Texas Instruments and carrying 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash memory, the new LTPP3 board runs our own, highly polished distribution of Linux that capitalises on the latest kernel and drivers.
The LTPP3 is mechanically and electrically compatible with our Tibbit blocks and size 3 Tibbo Project Box (TPB3) enclosures. This sets the LTPP3 apart from plain vanilla products such as Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone. While offering affordable Linux-based computing in a compact package, these devices do very little toward providing an attractive housing or a quick way to add desired I/O resources. In contrast, Tibbo Project System delivers aesthetically pleasing TPB enclosures to house the board, and a plethora of Tibbit modules and connectors to expand the board's IO capabilities.
The ingenious feature of the Tibbo Project System is that the top and bottom walls of its enclosures are formed by Connector Tibbits. The result is a neat, professionally looking housing every time, even for projects with the production quantity of one. This eliminates a huge problem of any low-volume production operation – the necessity to fit into and customize (drill, cut, etc.) off-the-shelf enclosures.
There are four distinctive ways in which you can use the new LTPP3.
Use it with Embedded AggreGate
Immediately upon the release of the LTPP3, you will be able to order your Linux TPS system with Embedded AggreGate software. Serving as the board’s execution environment, AggreGate lends LTPP3 its immense power of data collection, processing, and visualization. Further, AggreGate provides a uniform, consistent access to external data, devices, and systems using more than 100 supported communications protocols. Via a specially designed middleware C library, Embedded AggreGate is also able to access the board’s hardware resources, such as GPIO lines, serial ports, as well as Tibbit modules installed in board’s sockets.
Run Node.js applications
LTPP3 comes with Node.js preinstalled. We are currently developing Node.js modules for accessing the board’s hardware resources and installed Tibbit blocks. You can also utilize many existing Node.js modules, such as serialport and socket.io.
Execute TiOS applications
We are currently porting our popular Tibbo OS (TiOS) to Linux. When this work is completed, you will be able to run TiOS as a Linux application and execute existing Tibbo BASIC and Tibbo C code with little or no modifications. Needless to say, the new LTPP3 board will crunch Tibbo BASIC and Tibbo C apps at unparalleled speeds.
Use the LTPP3 as a generic Linux board...
... that comes in an attractive housing and may be extended with Tibbit blocks. Linux can be utilized in myriad different ways. Choose yours and deliver your project on the LTPP3 board and TPS product family.