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  • Interpreter for high level functionality
  • microPython / eLUA - run 'out of the box' on several microcontrollers. Would just require HAL c code for access to peripherals
    • Would allow users to run their own code on the badge without any additional software on their PCs. micropython appears as mass storage or via a terminal on USB
  • have SD card support for additional user storage

User Interface (Screen Options)

  • 'low res' black & white LCD (as 2014)
    • can be seen during the day without a backlight
    • backlight needed at night (~10mA)
    • good outside contrast
  • 'high res' colour TFT LCD
    • higher resolution and colour adds to experience
    • backlight needed all the time (can be dimmed in low light)
    • contrast is poor in daylight
    • cost about the same as the mono LCD
    • 'transflective' modules with improved daylight contrast available, but likely increased cost

Wireless Network

  • Downloading camp info
  • Can be used to obtain badge location based on RSSI
  • send messages to friends
  • ask for friends location
  • sensor network
    • combine with location to map temperatures and so on over the weekend
  • potential parts - MRF89XA (3mA rx current, 868MHz, 10mW)

Other peripherals

  • IR for sharing between badges
    • can share python/LUA scripts, contact details
    • used to 'friend people' to share messages via the radio
  • accelerometer to go into low power mode when put down
    • eg MMA8652 (40p)
  • buzzer/speaker for notifications (and general use)

Power supply

  • ideally would last the weekend (60 hours)
  • single AA
    • standard alkaline - 2.5Whr (~15mA average at 3.3V)
    • lithium AA - 4.5Whr (~25mA average at 3.3V)
  • lipo
    • 2014 lipo ~4Whr
    • requires charging circuitry
    • ideally wants a hard back to prevent damage
    • increased cost


  • conductive thread pads next to lanyard
    • supply little bags of LEDs and thread for say £2
  • extra GPIO broken out
    • ardiuno footprint?
  • python/LUA would allow for beginners to hack the badge