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We're collective of tinkerers building hard and software.

Our Projects

Means of Energy Storage

Rendering of the BMS logic board. It is a red circuit board with about hundred components.

Means of Energy Storage is an advanced battery management/monitoring system. It is inteded for multicell (up to 12 per unit) medium-power battery packs. Its strength lies in its Open Hardware nature; you're welcome to learn about its inner workings and change it to fit your needs.

The BMS is designed for a maximum of 12-in-series Lithium cells with varying chemistries (50.4 V nominal max voltage) and 100 A continous discharge. It supports Lithium-Titanate, LiFePo4 and common LiPo cells. It can be adapted to support other chemistries too as the Voltages can be freely customised. We created this because we haven't found anything to our liking for a variety of projects we either built in the past or which are in the planning stages.

Rendering of a circuit board: the BMS power path with big MOSFETs.

With the Fully Automated BMS you can be sure that your battery pack is performing optimally at all times. The high-current protection circuit is located on a separate board with increased copper thickness and 100-V rated n-channel MOSFETs. The BMS chip at the heart of the circuit is the Analog Devices LTC6811, which performs individual cell voltage measurements multiple times per second. The data is analyzed on an Adafruit ItsyBitsy microcontroller board, powered by the Microchip ATSAMD21G18 32-bit Cortex M0+ running at 48 MHz. This, of cource is fully programmable. Communication to other subsystems is done over the noise-resilient RS-485 bus.

  • Project status
    Assembly of first prototypes
  • Target date
    e/o Jan 2019

Means of Colorful Lighting

rendering of the MCL's electronic circuit board

The Fully Automated MCL is a Wifi-enabled RGBW+Smart LED strip controller. It has a unique design: it can drive the cheaper, simple RGB(W) 12-volt LED strips, or the WS2812-based (and clones thereof) 5-V smart LED strips. If you drive a smart LED strip, you can supply the board with a wide range of input voltage: between 5 and 17 V. The necessary 5-volt supply for the LEDs is generated on-board with up to 3.5 A continous output. Because of this, you can use thinner wires and 12-volt power bricks with lower current output; the on-board converter is highly efficient.

  • Project status
    Version 1.0 complete, Currently being tested.
  • Target date
    e/o Jan 2019

Fully AUTO-MATEd

For the 35C3 we're building a motorized mate-crate.

Our Vision

Our vision is accessible, well documented, community-focused hardware and software technologies. We aim to create building blocks for makers.

Until now, many components like advanced battery management systems, or easy-to-use universal bidirectional DC/DC converters were outside the realm of many hobbyists - either due to affordability, or lack of documentation. Our current focus is on systems delivering power in many ways. In the future we plan to create tools to research new technologies like a USB-C multi-tool, or a state-of-the-art three-phase motor controller.

We are also open to help with your projects in our area of expertise, in a mutually beneficial way.

Contact Us

If you have questions, or you know how to save the world, we're happy to receive emails from you! Reach us at fully dot automated AT astech dot hu or find us on mastodon!