After months of tinkering with every variation of Meshtastic hardware out there and being unable to find a user-friendly one-size-fits-all hardware unit, I decided to take matters into my own hands. As of today, I have 2 investors on board willing to invest in my company which will partner with a manufacturer to design, test, and certify these units. We will be selling these units worldwide with a warranty and after-sales support.
While we are in the early stages of developing a prototype, I would like all prototyping to be driven by customer demand instead of profitability.
As of now, the unit will be similar to a T-Echo. It will be based on the nrf52 platform, a 1W SX1262 chip, an e-Ink display, rotary encoder, band filter, TCXO, beeper, e-compass, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, and vibration motor.
The 1W chip will have variable transmission power output, depending on the region you are in and if you possess a ham license. The addition of a high-quality TCXO and band filter will enable a longer range at the same transmission power.
The rotary encoder will be used for sending canned messages in case your phone dies or breaks. The beeper and vibration motor will alert you to new messages and will be controllable through the phone app.
A major complaint from users has been the quality of antennas. We will only be supplying omnidirectional and Moxon antennas which are tried and tested to be of optimum performance.
Our price target for each unit is below 80USD with worldwide shipping and taxes included. Each kit will include the assembled unit, a battery, 1 omni antenna. There will be no hassle of soldering, 3D printing a case, hunting for a battery and an antenna, no additional charges for shipping or customs duty.
I would like to hear opinions from the forum users about what they’d like to see in the new hardware. If you think we are making a mistake or going in the wrong direction, please let us know! The collective expertise of this forum is necessary to create something which makes everyone happy.
Once the prototypes are ready, we will indeed be sending them to the developers working on this project and a few active users on the forum.