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MiniBee Documentation

Introduction

Getting Started with Sense/Stage

A guide to unpacking and setting up Sense/Stage for first time users.

Glossary

a glossary of terms used around Sense/Stage

  • Overview of the system : This page gives an overview of the different components that are used in the system

Hardware

MiniBee

There are several versions of the MiniBee. This page describes the main features of the MiniBee and links to the different versions of the board.

  • MiniBee Revision A : The MiniBee revision A was the first version of the MiniBee, the alpha version. It was manufactured during the research-creation project Sense/Stage at Concordia University and McGill University in 2009.

  • MiniBee Revision B : The MiniBee revision B was the second version of the MiniBee, the beta version. It was manufactured during the research-creation project Sense/Stage at Concordia University and McGill University in 2010.

  • MiniBee Revision D : The MiniBee revision D was the third version of the MiniBee, the production version. It was manufactured and sold between 2011 and 2016.

  • MiniBee Revision F : The MiniBee revision F is the fourth version of the MiniBee, the second production version. It is manufactured and sold from 2017.

Battery

An overview of pages relating to the battery

Coordinator Board

The coordinator board handles the communication between the hive software and the minibee swarm.

Expansion boards

There are various expansion boards for the MiniBee. Here is an overview of which ones are available and for what they can be used.

  • MiniLily : Expansion board designed for e-textiles and wearables projects. It can be sewn to fabric, sensors and actuators with conductive thread.

  • XPee : The XPee board is a small expansion board that allows you to easily hook up 4 resistive sensors and 3 LEDs.

  • XPree : The XPree board is a small expansion board that allows you to prototype on a breadboard or make a small custom circuit.

XBee

An overview of the documentation relating to the XBee.

Software

Installation

Usage

Configuration

Examples of interfacing via OSC

A number of examples of user programs interfacing via OSC

Communication mode

The hive software supports various communication modes which are described here.

  • Datanetwork interface : Using the SenseWorld DataNetwork to transfer the data to multiple clients using the DataNetwork framework.

  • JunXion interface : Using a tailored OSC-interface to communicate with STEIM’s Junxion software.

  • Libmapper interface : Using the libmapper interface to transfer the data to multiple clients using the libmapper framework.

  • OSC interface : This page describes the OSC messages that the Sense/Stage software sends and understands

Firmware

Minibee

Arduino-ide

Meta

Community

Nonsense

  • Testpage : a summary is a short description of what this documentation page is about