What's Happening at ITS?
So glad you stopped by!
Here is a sneak peak at what we're working on here at ITS. Give us a shout if you have any questions!
Friday, March 4, 2022
We are excited but also stressed to confirm that we are completely out of stock of WaterFeature8 Sensor Interface Systems. But don't worry, we have stretched the budget on components that were inexpensive two years ago (but impossible to find now) in order to make another 150 unit production run of systems. In fact, we have even redesigned certain aspects of the board to accommodate changes in part numbers that are available.
If you had your eye on a WF8 and want to buy, give Atlas Scientific a call as they may have a few left in stock. We apologize for the inconvenience, but please believe that we are doing our best to keep the machine running and find parts as they become available.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
We now have a working bugfix for the on-board calibration bug that was included on Generation 3 systems. We can begin deploying the new firmware for interested customers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For customers able to wait a week or two, we have made great progress on the data recording software and would also like to offer that firmware update when it is ready. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
We have learned of a pretty significant bug in the calibration routines using the on-board functions on the Generation 3 systems, and we are working on a firmware update to address the issue. This update will be made available to all Generation 3 users for free. An update instruction set will be created to walk you through the update process, or you can return your unit to ITS and we will perform the update. ITS will cover shipping costs if this needs to occur, otherwise if you want to do the update yourself to avoid shipping delays we will provide a serial connection cable if you do not already have one. The update process sounds daunting but we assure you, if you can operate the WF8, you will have no problems updating the firmware.
Since most of our sales are done through distribution channels, we do not necessarily know who all the Gen3 owners are. If you have a Gen3 system (white PCB) please contact us at email@example.com with your Serial Number and contact information and we will arrange the update with you.
This firmware is expected to be ready in the next few weeks. In the meantime the Remote State encapsulation commands will still work and calibration can be done using a computer with a terminal emulator.
As an added bonus, the firmware update will enable the TransFlash (i.e. microSD) card reader function on the Generation 3 systems. This will allow you to store raw data to a memory card in comma separated (.csv) file format.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Excited for to officially updated Shop page with the Generation 3 WaterFeature8. Testing is done and the first shipments have been made. Supply chain shortages have made building this latest generation a challenge, but we feel confident that the design decisions we made were the right ones.
For example, we chose to remove voltage isolation from every channel. On Gens 1 and 2, voltage isolation was included on every channel by default. With shortages in the voltage isolation chip we use, removing these isolators means we can continue to make WF8 PCBs and EZOs will still work.
Also, we have incoporated new hardware components such as the battery holder which fits a CR2502 coin cell battery to support the power-off memory for the Real-Time-Clock, and a TransFlash card reader (a.k.a. microSD) for future on-board data storage support.
Visit the Shop and tell us what you think!
Monday, October 11, 2021
Testing the Generation 3 WaterFeature8 system:
It's real and development is moving along smoothly. We are very excited to bring this to you starting in November 2021! Stand by for a more formal set of release notes so you can see what will be in it. We will post here as soon as we confirm the official rollout features of the Gen3.
Sunday, September 29, 2021
Like many of us in the electronics industry we have been struck with a case of the supply chain blues.
Fortunately, we were able to secure a small cache of microprocessors to make our next manufacturing run of WaterFeature8 systems.
Unfortunately, we underestimated demand for the WaterFeature8, so instead of building a new run of Generation2 systems we decided to do a complete overhaul of the WF8 so we could add new features.
We are very excited to announce the WaterFeature8 Generation3 water quality monitor system.
What can this one do that previous generations couldn't? Here is a short list of new features and the firmware releases we anticipate them to appear:
v3.01 on Gen3 release
Includes digital Contrast adjustments, Factory Reset features, Continuous Serial Output enable/disable, and digital timestamps.
Real Time Clock with Battery Backup
v3.01 on Gen3 release
Adds Day/Date/Time settings and will be able to timestamp serial output strings.
MicroSD card support
v3.XX future Gen3 release
Seriously, we've already tested it and it's awesome. The deployed version will include file save intervals to protect your data from unplanned power outages.
User Selected Inputs
v3.XX future Gen3 release
Select the operating units you want the WaterFeature8 to use. This is a tough feature to deploy because it has to consider all the possible structures of the EZO output strings. Also, what do we do about the analog output ranges? We're not quite sure, we just know this is something we want to do.
Analog Range User Inputs
vX.XX who-knows-when release
This is a heckuva challenge to build, but we're seriously discussing how to do this.
Native RS-232 Serial Communications
On Gen3 release
Remote State is even cooler now. Also, you can make a male DB9 connection at the bottom of the enclosure. Very neat. Let the IoT games begin.
New PCB Color
On Gen3 Release.
It's white, and it's cool. And even cooler with internal LEDs. This is the big leagues people.
When do we expect to release the Generation3 system? AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Development of the new hardware/firmware has been in the works for over two months now. We have tested our first set of prototype systems and are excited with the results. Looking to release the first Generation3 systems in November. Now that we've announced this on the website it HAS to happen, right?
Thank you to our current and future customers that are patiently waiting for the new systems!