This is a functional prototype of the BDB-5000 Bluetooth Doorbell that is portable enough to take to the office. The line coming from the top is rigged up to hang the doorbell on a coat hook that I have on my cubicle. The line doesn’t serve any other purposes (it’s not an antenna or anything so it won’t be required in the final version). The final version will be much smaller and will have a cleaner way to mount the unit to your cubicle.
The black plastic enclosure is just a hobby grade enclosure that I drilled holes in for my use. The box contains mostly the same components as seen in version 0.0.1, with the addition of a rechargeable battery and charging circuitry. I also made minor improvements to the electrical design.
The main large blue button is the same type of button that is used on arcade machines.
On the side, there is an on/off switch and a USB plug for charging. I can get a full day’s use out of one charge. This version uses a standard full sized USB connector. The final version will use a micro USB connector for the charging port like the one used by most Android and Blackberry devices.
I have more testing to do, but this prototype should be technologically close to the final product. It will allow me to do thorough hardware testing and it will be essential for testing new versions of the software that I will be working on for Android, Windows, and Mac.
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