Xi and Flux

I did promise to give everyone an update on our Xmos dev work and let you folks know what became of Amino, apologies for the delay I have been busier than ever over the last few months. XiAfter several years work and experimentation with project Amino I (as well as others) have yielded some interesting new development platform ideas, we have also gained a great deal of experience using Xmos and modular multicore technology.Fluxxi As you are probably aware, much of my recent opensource hardware development has been focused on motion control applications for CNC and 3D printing applications, it will therefore not come as any surprise that I have been working on a a unified rapid prototyping system for these new motion projects, rather than the disparate microcontroller dev kit based approaches that I have been struggling with in the past. Thus I took much of what I learnt from Amino and my other projects combining them to create Xi which is a 2D and 3D modular board prototyping system that we now use for internal product design here at Folknology Labs. In its 2D mode it can be used rather simply with up to 3 small breadboards for rapid experimentation as shown in the first picture, Alternativiely it can be combined with up to 3 plugin modules like the Fluxxi (a hybrid motor module) to create a motion control combos. These Xi modules along with either a debug or communications board snap together form a cube with sensor and actuation connections on the rear of the assembly. This approach also enabled us to overcome one of the early Amino design flaws of physical strength and support. These modules when combined into a cube can also be housed in rectangular housings like angled steel and ALU or just held together with 3D printed corner joints for rigidity. If required these can also be expanded into a star topology with multiple cubed controllers using Xmos links for channel based development. We can make some kits available if anyone is interested in experimenting with the Xi for their own projects or simply want to kick the tyres, if so leave a comment or get in touch via the usual methods and we will endeavour to get you some Xi early access action, who knows you might even want to create your own modules.

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2 thoughts on “Xi and Flux

  1. Hi John

    Thanks for getting in touch, I have emailed you directly so you can get in touch. I have made a number of small improvements to Xi which I need to cover here when I make the new prototypes, I am also planning a number of other related Xmos boards for bot control purposes which I will also keep everyone up to date with. Please feel free to fire away any question on any of these, I am always interested in any kind of feedback etc..

    regards
    Al

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