Getting started

Here are a few links to get started right away. Below you find a full overview of the documentation. If you have any questions, please join us on the Sense/Stage Forum.


This page is currently a work in progress. See here for an overview of the old documentation. In the pages below the old sites are linked where necessary.

If you want to help out in the documentation process, please read on how to contribute.


General documentation




Community

  • Getting help : a description of where to get support and how to navigate the documentation

Contributing to Sense/Stage

How to contribute to the Sense/Stage project


Minibee documentation




Introduction

Getting Started with the Sense/Stage MiniBee

A guide to unpacking and setting up the Sense/Stage MiniBee system 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.



  • LED blinking codes : The four LEDs on the MiniBee give information about the status of the MiniBee. This page explains what each LED means.

  • MiniBee DIY - use your own Arduino and XBee : This page describes how to make use of the MiniBee firmware with your own Arduino and XBee combination.

  • 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