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Q: How would the multi-processor architecture affect overall system power consumption?

A: It definitely increases overall power consumption. This is a tradeoff one has to make for modularity. Our current firmware does not support power optimization yet but you can setup the MCUs to [...]

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Q: Your modules have unique shapes, but what really differentiates Hexabitz from other platforms?

A: First thing people notice is the hexagonal shape but that’s not the most unique characteristics in Hexabitz! There are lots of cool platforms out there but what really differentiates us [...]

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Q: Do you have a pre-compiled version of Hexabitz firmware?

A: Yes! Each module repository has a Compiled folder where we keep a pre-compiled HEX firmware for each release (starting from 0.1.5). You can load this file to the module using the factory [...]

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Q: Do I need a Windows PC to use Hexabitz?

A: You can use the Command Line Interface (CLI) feature of Hexabitz modules from any terminal emulator software. There are a variety of open-source and free terminal emulators for all computing [...]

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Q: Why did you choose this particular MCU?

A: STM32 in one of the most popular ARM Cortex-M implementations. The STM32 MCU family offers a wide variety of options and advanced peripherals. STM32F091 is the smallest and cheapest MCU in the [...]

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Q: Is Hexabitz open-source?

A: Yes, both open source software and hardware with MIT license! Module source code (in the form of Keil uVision C project) for both our backend and alpha modules front-end is available on our [...]

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Q: So what are these different module stages?

A: Each Hexabitz module goes through six different stages from its inception to mass production: Concept        The module functionality is laid out and major components chosen. Design          [...]

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Q: Can I suggest new module concepts?

A:  Sure. We would love to hear from you! Our resources are limited so we will not be able to fulfill all requests given our already ambitious roadmap but feel free to send us your beloved concepts.

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Q: What software tools / programming languages do you use?

A: Hexabitz source code is embedded C. All software tools we use are either free, open-source or very inexpensive. We use Keil uVision for embedded code development. There’s a free license for [...]

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Q: Doesn’t all this connectivity add delays?

A: Yes, but with minimal impact to performance. Hexabitz arrays are mesh control networks by nature and thus, you usually only exchange control and status messages in short packets. Tightly [...]

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