Dark Blue and Dark Star 2.0 Solar Tracking Controller

First there was the Tiny Tracker. Soon followed by the Tiny Tracker HD.
Then came the Track'n Park which introduced a programmable parking position.
Then came the Dark Star -- Dual axis Remote Controlled Solar tracker and remote sensor
It used a 315Mhz remote control with 12 buttons, but that was so '90s and just another thing to have to keep track of.

New 3D Printed Enclosure Lids

3d printed PETG plastic enclosure lid
Assembled 3d printed lid and enclosure

Our TinyTracker series and Track'nPark enclosures now feature a 3D printed PETG plastic lid that is superior to commercially available ones made of polypropylene or metal. To top it off we've also incorporated a durable silicone gasket for a perfect seal. While polypropylene lids appear to hold up for a couple of years, the plastic becomes brittle and can easily crack - leading to moisture possibly ruining your electronics. The metal lids we've tried have been both too thin, and not resistant to corrosion from outdoor exposure.

New TinyTracker Firmware Available

We're happy to release a new version of the TinyTracker firmware. Rev G as it's affectionately known effectively eliminates the need for other firmware versions! All of the possible tracking parameters are stored in EEPROM. Using a simple Arduino program all the parameters may be customized as desired. While the firmware upgrade process is a bit more involved since you have to setup the Arduino IDE, the benefits of full customization are worth it. As with our other firmware upgrades, you'll still need a USBasp or similar AVR programmer for transferring code to your TinyTracker device.

3d Printed Enclosures for TinyVCS and TDiff

Sometimes it's nice to put a little plastic around the electronics for protection as well as appearance. We've struggled with how to provide enclosures for some of our small electronics where we just don't have the volume to justify custom injection molded enclosures. Thanks to the 3D printing revolution, we've solved that problem! Our first offering is a nice little enclosure for the TinyVCS/Wind Trigger board.It has a small flange that can be drilled/screwed for mounting, and the two halves both snap together and are held by recessed screws on the top.

I Sense Something

This is a video for the new Temperature Differential Controller!

New Wind Trigger Functionality and Video

I was inspired by the new DarkStar controller's wind speed learning features, and incorporated the same functionality into the Tiny VCS Wind Trigger. The Wind Trigger version of the Tiny VCS features a lower maximum sensed voltage (15V) for greater sensitivity, faster sample and update frequency, and minimal hysteresis. These features help provide optimal functionality for wind trigger applications.

Track'n Park Demo Video

After creating a video for the anemometer interface, I realized we didn't have a basic video explaining the park function and what makes the Track'n Park different from the TinyTracker series.
So...here it is:

Using an Anemometer with the Track'n Park

DarkStar 2.0 Dual Axis Controller w/Bluetooth

New 2.0 Version features integrated Bluetooth Android configuration application for ultimate tracker control. One of the most common questions about photo-tracking controllers is so-called "seeking" behavior under cloudy conditions and transition back to sunny. The Dark Blue Android application allows you to monitor real-time sensor values, set daylight and sunlight threshold values for tracking activity, and also adjust motor run time to fine tune your system for optimum performance. No other tracker offers this level of control.

New Product - Temperature Controller

For our first new product of '15, we introduce this basic temperature controller. There are lots of solar heating/cooling situations where only a single temperature sensor is needed and an advanced temperature differential controller is inappropriate, and this is an ideal thermostat type control at a great price. A 3 digit LED display shows temperature and also displays program parameters for easy customization including hysteresis, delay time, temp correction, and more.

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