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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

MyOctopus Open Source Components - offering you the parts we create as we build our Open Source Smarthome Platform.

MyOctopus sensor boards are easy connect (via I2C BUS components which easily connect to a micro-controller board (Arduino, Edison, Beaglebone, Pi etc) to quickly give your project senses. We hope this solves a few problems for you and makes it easier to connect sensors to your projects. 

  •  IR sensor (I2C)
  •  Ambient light sensor (I2C)
  •  temperature / Humidity sensor (I2C)
  •  Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass (I2C)
  •  Pressure / Barometric Sensor(I2C)

We also have a Voltage Level Translator, which transforms data signals between two different Voltage levels. This helps to automatically integrate hardware for data streaming. On one voltage side level you can connect a micro-controller board (Arduino, Edison, Beaglebone, Pi etc), on the other you can connect sensors, shifters, uCs, breakout boards, and switches on other voltage levels.

You can buy these parts on Tindie 

We want to know what you think of our parts and would LOVE to see what you make with them!
Simply post a project using our parts on Hackaday.io or Hackster.io
Please give us a follow too. Thanks!

As Makers ourselves - we <3 Makers

All parts are Open Source Hardware and always will be!




IR light sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Humidity / Temperature Sensor
Barometric / Air Pressure Sensor
Voltage Level translator


The freedom to innovate your own home ~ The power to create the Smart-Home of your Dreams

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Soldering Chip HDC1000 and Resistors / Capacitors to Custom MyOctopus Temperature Sensor boards

MyOctopus Open Source Components

 This is the hand soldering process to solder components to the breakout sensor board (Capacitor / Resistors, Humidity chip)



MyOctopus Smart Home Maker ~ ~ ~ Soldering Humidity / Temperature Sensor

1. Clean PCB
2. Apply no-clean solder paste
3. Place components
4. Use Reflow Air Heater to dry & set
6. Clean Again around the chip
7. Verify connections
8. Verify i2c response

Humidity Chip:  HDC1000 2.04 mm x 1.59 mm
Resistors / Capacitors: "0201" 0.6 mm × 0.3 mm
Octagonal sensor board 11mm
Available I2C config: 0x40 0x41 0x42 0x43


The freedom to innovate your own home ~ The power to create the Smart-Home of your Dreams

Friday, 26 February 2016

Super Charge your home automation projects

MyOctopus is super excited!

If you like experimenting with electronics and fiddling with home automation,
you will be excited too!

We are launching our Smart-Home Maker parts shop very soon.

Look out for the HASHTAG #MakerDream

All parts are open source (view schemata here on CircuitHub),
Plug & Play with Intel Edison,
and so shiny and new that we know you will love them!

You can buy sensors and components

  •  4x infra-red temp (I2C)
  •  4x ambient light, (I2C)
  •  temperature & humidity (I2C)
  •  Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass (I2C)
  •  Pressure (I2C)
  •  Infra-red diode (I/O) to control TV, HiFi & similar devices (RC5, RC6 code)
  • Air quality (NH3, NOx, alcohol, Benzene, smoke, CO2 ,etc.) controlled by I2C via uC

And custom breakout boards:

Mainboard A

MyOctopus – giving you the freedom to create the smart-home of your dreams and the power to innovate your own home.

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Friday, 29 January 2016

How to Build a Tech Startup From the Wilderness


The intricate world of PCB electronics and machine code seems to be worlds apart from the ancient mist and legend steeped granite mountains of Wicklow, Ireland. The legendary Irish hero Fionn MacCumhail is said to have hunted on these slopes (more about him below). Yes, it is far from the ocean, and further still from the high tech world of a hardware startup and the Sci-Fi realm of AI managed smart-homes. Nonetheless, this is where MyOctopus was born, during a hill-walk between two old friends Larry and Sylwi, in April 2015.


2015 is the year MyOctopus was founded and the year our idea became very very real. But this is a story about belief, not about MyOctopus. You can find out all about MyOctopus here www.myoctopus.io and on Twitter.
How are belief, vision, startup ecosystems and the wild Wicklow mountains of legendary Fionn MacCumhaill fame connected? Bear with this archaeologist turned digital anthropologist, and I will explain all…

Monday, 25 January 2016

MyOctopus has had a makeover...

Inside and out!

Straight from the hot forge of DesignCORE — our partners in the design of MyOctopus RevI


  • Blue Octogons — Sensors
  • Black — Air Sensor, Speakers & IR LED
  • Medium Green Octogon— 3D Touch Pad Electrodes (senses about ~10cm from device)
  • Large Green Octogons— Mainboard A, Mainboard B
  • Orange Rectangle (Intel Edison)



Thanks to the DesignCORE team — it’s been great working with you

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MyOctopus Smart Home Maker


New Breakout board for Edison from MyOctopus.
All I/O open for development & projects.

Breakout board for Intel Edison
Power supply 5VDC 500mA via USB or external source

Ready to connect with MyOctopus sensors/devices:
  •  Air quality(NH3, NOx, alcohol, Benzene, smoke, CO2 ,etc.) controlled by I2C via uC
  •  4x infra-red temp(I2C)
  •  4x ambient light, (I2C)
  •  temperature & humidity (I2C)
  •  Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass(I2C)
  •  Pressure(I2C)
  •  Infra-red diode (I/O) to control TV, HiFi & similar devices (RC5, RC6 code)

  •  I2C ports and INTERRUPT I/O already shifted to 3.3V
  •  Edison Ports (2xI2C, 2xPWM,2x UART ports, USB)
  •  Digital potentiometer 50kOhm, 256 pos (I2C)
  •  Custom logic shifter 8x I/O
  •  uC Microchip (I2C,ICSP) for custom flash and I/Os

65mm, octagonal shape

Schematic and PCB:

(full spec on the way)