"Internet of Things" for Everyone
Personal Console Controllers are low-cost and diverse computing devices that can be deployed ubiquitously by an individual in many different situations, unlike traditional "internet of things" deployments that are centrally owned and operated, Personal Console Controller are owned and operated INDEPENDENTLY by individual citizens through the Personal Console software on their phones.
From the comfort of their phones, citizens have full control of the physical world by distributing controllers in required locations or carrying controllers with them, individuals can decide what data from their controllers are shared with who and how their controllers make impact on the environment they are in.
Like all other Private Cyberspace components, the focus of Personal Console Controller is to remove the Cost and Skill barriers in benefiting from technology.
Personal Console Controllers give your Private Cyberspace sensors and actuators at revolutionary price points and ease of use by combining free yet featureful software (e.g. ESPHome) with low cost yet powerful hardware (e.g. ESP32):
Personal Console Controller Positioning
ESPHome is the default firmware that Personal Console Controller use, other firmwares like Meshtastic can also be used.
ESPHome supports large number of devices, each year we select one as our Personal Console Controller reference implementation.
All Reference implementations are supported worldwide indefinitely (even if they are no longer being manufactured) and can participate in our buy back scheme so some one else can benefit from them.
- There are many ESP32 modules if you are starting out stick to the ones that have already been used by other members.
- ESP32's low cost means it only has a single 2.4G radio shred between wifi and bluetooth, since we need to operate both at the same time, we need to be aware of some limitations.
Personal Console Controller Processors
Currently the following processors are supported by ESPHome (and thus Personal Console Controller):
- ESP32 and ESP8266 e.g. NodeMCU
- RP2040 e.g. Raspberry Pi Pico WH
There are a large number of ultra low cost wifi devices built around the esp8266 and esp32 (e.g. NodeMCUs) chips, making them ideal as Personal Console Controllers.
Both ESP8266 and ESP32 are from Espressif. There are many different esp8266 and esp32 types, below is just a rough comparison between the 2 families.
|Internal Instruction RAM
|Internal Data RAM
|802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
|Ethernet MAC Interface
|Hall effect sensor
||-40ºC to 125ºC
||-40ºC to 125ºC
If price and supply are no concern then esp32 is preferred over esp8266.
- ESP32 Crypto Benchmark | SSL TLS SSH TCP
Note Espressif is moving to using RISC-V cores exclusively in the future, so the current Tensilica Xtensa core based ESP8266 and ESP32 may not be available in the long term.
RP2040 based system is under trial as a WiFi Controller using the Raspberry Pi Pico.
Only the Raspberry Pi Pico WH version (with WiFi and Header) is currently supported.
Personal Console Controllers (PCC) can be extended easily by NON-TECHNICAL folks in almost unlimited number of ways with numerous sensors, batteries and actuators.
Most PCCs come with headers enabling easy customisations with breadboards and jumper wires.
Add eyes to your Private Cyberspace by attaching camera, add mouth by attaching a speaker, add sensors to capture data to make some income on the Citizen Synergy exchanges!
PCC3 will charge a plugged in LiPo battery automatically (charging light turned on) until it is full (charging light turned off).
For Power Outage Coverage 120 mAh recommended (new battery provides at least 30 minutes of power under heavy load)
For Mobile or Portable Application 2000 mAh recommended (new battery provides at least 24 hours of power under heavy load)
Personal Console Controller Applications
As a multi-function device Personal Console Controller supports many different applications at once.
Personal Console Controller can function like hardware iBeacons easily:
- Battery Powered - https://shop.oztralia.com/product/ibeacon-1/
- USB Powered - https://shop.oztralia.com/product/ibeacon-2/
Personal Console Controllers can be easily built using thousands of ready made devices on the market with ESP32 and RP2040 processors.
Some sample header based Personal Console Controllers are:
Expressif - Development Boards | Espressif Systems
1. Simpler Alternatives
There are many simpler alternatives on the market if some features in the reference implementations are not needed.
For example, if USB connection is not required than the Ai-Thinker ESP32-CAM and its clones can be a good alternative to PCC3.
- How to use ESP32 Camera Module for Video Streaming and Face Recognition
2. Modular Alternatives
Although the header based reference implementations (PCC3, PCC2 above) can be extended with an almost unlimited number of ways with numerous sensors and actuators, their use of bread boards can be ugly and non user friendly.
Personal Console Controllers can be built easier and looks better with higher cost and less flexible modular systems:
- Grow Your Idea
- Seeed Studio XIAO Series
To kickstart the Hardware Innovation in the community, we are giving out a limited number of movement kits (each with a breadboard, 6 wires and a sensor) for FREE to anyone who promise they will assemble it when they purchase either the PCC2 or PCC3.
Gain insight into your environment e.g. who has being visiting your home and at what time ?
Just hook the movement kit up to a PCC2 and point it to your front door. Any movements will trigger a photo to be taken and sent to your email.
Gain insight into yourself e.g. how many minutes on average you spent in the bathroom ?
Just hook the kit up to a PCC3 and all movements in the bathroom are tracked. Privacy is assured as there is NO camera on the PCC3.
This kit is just a START!
Keep adding more devices e.g. an ears (microphone), a mouth (speaker), a skin (temperature, humitidy sensor) etc.
Unlike the Cloud solutions YOU OWN it, you control its action and its data, you benefit fully from it.
Most breadboard are large in size, we have sourced small breadboards with only 55 holes. Their small size makes them the perfect companion to the small Personal Console Controllers.
Body: ABS plastic body - aluminium support plate complete with rubber feet
Colours: Black, Blue, Green, Mustard, Red, Yellow, White
Number of contacts: 55 (5 contacts for 11 files)
Contact pitch: 2.54 mm
Wire diameter: 21-26 AWG 0.4-0.7mm in diameter
Admissible power: 6W
Flow rate: 1A
Contact resistance: 10mΩ
Contact type: Phosphor bronze contacts with nickel plating, for 50.000 insertions tested 36V @ 2A
Operating temperature: -40 ° C ~ 125°C
Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 12mm
Male to Female Wires
Passive Infrared Sensor
To kickstart the manufacturing spirit in disadvantaged communities, we are giving out a limited number of soldering kits (each with a soldering iron, 10 pressure sensor boards, 10 headers and enough lead-free solder to manufacture 10 sensors) for FREE to people in disadvantaged situations (e.g. in aged care homes, are long term unemployed etc.) when they purchase either the PCC2 or PCC3.
We know lead-free solder has inferior performance compared to lead solder (e.g. higher melting point leading to component stress etc. etc.) but priority has to be given to the health of beginners who do not have the knowledge nor tools to protect themselves.
Who knows they might like manufacturing after all and will ended up soldering many more than just the initial 10 sensors!
Temp and Pressure sensor