April 9, 2016, 4:9
Updated version of Electronic Tour Guide coming to Riga
March 22, 2016, 3:22
…at the stage of turning into a Prince
March 2, 2016, 3:2
Creaky’s “Advice of the best chefs”
January 27, 2016, 1:27
December 15, 2015, 12:15
The Great Firmware Update
October 12, 2015, 10:12
Fake voltage regulators
September 19, 2015, 9:19
ETG coming to Spain, Guadalest partners starting the service
September 7, 2015, 9:7
New hardware including additional options released
August 21, 2015, 8:21
NFC and positioning extensions for museums and exhibitions
June 24, 2015, 6:24
The night testing story
March 22, 2015, 3:22
He is dead, buddy
February 4, 2015, 2:4
Point of sale in Art Elephant gift shop
December 5, 2014, 12:5
New leaflets with up to 25% off
July 28, 2014, 7:28
BItcoin revolution is coming!
June 29, 2014, 6:29
Various color versions of audio-guides for our partners in other cities
March 22, 2014, 3:22
The demo movie filming
December 1, 2013, 12:1
What do I get when I rent Electronic Tour Guide?
June 8, 2013, 6:8
April 24, 2013, 4:24
February 13, 2013, 2:13
explore with freedom
Old Riga in all its glory greeted us with a sunny but not very warm day. Nevertheless, we managed to walk around town, listen to fascinating stories with freshly updated software, and before had a cup of coffee and even invented a couple of great ideas for the development of the whole venture.
Dmitrijs Bļizņuks testing the new version of firmware in Riga.
There is nothing better than fresh fiberglass epoxy mixed with a couple of silicon ICs and a pinch of solder. M… yummy!
Write down the recipe!!!
Additional PCBs cleaning for our secret Berlin project. Coming sooooon!
you will need:
1. Several circuit boards soldered
2. Isopropyl alcohol
3. Window cleaner a la Mr.Muscle (hush!…This line generously paid)
4. Distilled water
Mix it everything and leave for 5 minutes in ultrasonic cleaner.
Today Creaky (our smart robot, if you don’t remember him) found accidentally that something wrong with the social network x-publisher that sending all our news ans announcements to the social networks around. All previously saved posts are gone (or even wasn’t punished by some technical reason, probably). So…. time to fix it, says Creaky. Another sleepless night is coming… Which is fine for robots.
Bleep-bloop dear friends. Creaky on the Air! I’m glad to introduce you our new firmware that we have been polishing and debugging in the last six month. There are a lot of changes. Most significant of them:
- Algorithm of directional prompts improvement
- Smart narrative focal level shifting
- Improvement of narrative branching algorithm and content structuring
- RFID implementation out of the box
- Cross-branching conflicts resolution
- Removing number of annoying bugs as well
Welcome to Prague and other cities of our partners (the common map in progress, yeap). Be ready for new unforgettable experience!
I’ve heard before about the fake ICs but never seen it in real life. Here is a first of them was captured accidentally in our new butch. The real magic that not all of them are bad. I was found one during the routine test, which is really noisy. But after that the more detailed analysis showed that there is just about 10% of them are problematic. Though, I didn’t check the voltage drop yet and thinking it would be better to resolder all of them for originals, to make sure that everything will be fine during regular operation.
Real one on the right. Be careful!
We are glad to announce that our partners in Guadalets (Spain) start to provide the service with our devices today. All devices are equipped with RFID reader that make possible to enjoy stories inside the Orduña House Museum as well as outside during the walk around this tiny and beautiful city — the hidden pearl in the heart of Spain.
FedEx introduced new rules for the transport of LiPo batteries. So I had to go and bring the whole butch of devices to Paris, where we have an agreement for a meeting. The moment of the solemn transfer of the batch of ETG devices to our happy client. Gare du Nord, Paris.
Good news everyone! We are happy to announce the official release of the new hardware version of Electronic Tour Guide. There is completely renewed hardware including new processor, embedded RFID option and interface for additional modules like indoor positioning system and radio broadcaster. Please feel free to send questions and inquiries. We’ll be glad to have new partners and clients in other cities and see people walking with our devices all around the world.
Today is a great day. Because we’re finishing the great stage of developing of new version of ETG hardware. It is an magical NFC and indoor positioning system feature is coming. Soon, my dear readers, you will be able to equip your museums and exhibitions with tags and beacons, which radically extend experience of visitors of your exhibition / museum / city.
Imagine, you’re walking around the city and listening stories about everything around. One moment, being closer to museum that equipped with our tags, you are prompted like “this museum has ETG tags installed and ready for your visiting”. You’re getting in and listening the story about each object demonstrated inside. Isn’t that fantastic?
This is how Electronic Tour Guide RFID tag looks like (blue version). It can be placed near exhibits that you would like to tell.
You won’t believe me. After the 3 month of preparation and polishing of the new add-on for our little gimmicks me and my robo-friend Creaky found the most stupid and ridiculous bug I ever seen. To make the story short: some days ago, when everything was done and new shiny version of PCB layout was ready for fabrication, I decide to go to test device outside, like I did before hundreds of times. That was night and I went to the street romantically surrounded by the shades of trees to make couple of circles around the house and enjoy the night breath… suddenly after couple of minutes of walk I heard the message “battery is down, device going to sleep…” a-a-a what the hell?
I start digging it and have been checking practically everything, without any result. At home everything works just fine, outside — nope! I was repeating this procedure several times invariably with the same result. Only with the advent of the first rays of the sun I’ve got idea to try it in the fridge. And viola, it start switching off :) Attentive re-reading of data-sheets gave me the answer: the ATtiny, which a was planning to use as a co-processor, is a very temperature sensitive. If you don’t use external crystal oscillator, most probably you will get significant changing of frequency, which is a deadly when you need to sync anything.
It is always pleasure for me and my robo-friend Creaky to fund solution or learn something new. Eventually the whole life is a permanent process of learning. However, the worst side of the story is that looks like I need to redesign the whole beautifully created module form scratch :( and it was so elegant…