We specialise in creating connected products. Our experience in consumer and industrial electronics design gives our clients an accelerated boost to every project big and small. We take the time to fully understand your requirements ensuring the final product meet your needs.
Below are some of the projects we have recently completed with our partners.
Solar Quotes – Energy Monitor
Designed and built an easy to install energy monitor that records and reports electricity usage. The device consists of a sensor and logger that records timestamped data to SD card. Intelligently coded to extend battery life and export data via USB port this achieved the requirements of simplicity and ease of use.
Sublime Climbers – Bluetooth Climbing Board Trainer
‘Simon Says’ training game for climbers this project saw TinkerElectric develope a bluetooth enabled touch sensing board. Two 16 channel touch controllers interface to a processor and bluetooth transmitter to indicate where the climber has climbed to and report back to an App.
Inverbrackie – Smart Sire Harness sheep tracker
Inverbrackie produce studs within the top 2% for genetic quality. To go further they needed to track fertilisation at a more granular level. Tinker Electric developed a ‘Smart Harness’ that tracks ‘tupps’ with females over the courting season. The data is collected via bluetooth and uploaded to Google Docs via WiFi when an access point is detected within range. Identifying successful/unsuccessful fertilisations will allow Inverbrackie to close that last 2%. http://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/4113304/genetics-pave-path-to-success/
Delicioso – Automatic Cocktail Maker Machine
Delicioso approached Tinker to develop the next generation of Cocktail Machines. A smooth user interface and intelligent detection of drinks was required. An App was developed allowing smooth scrolling of cocktails which was also only presented if the correct component drinks were available. The solution consisted of an Android screen connected via Bluetooth to an intelligent motor control system. Intelligent database management allowed the display of only applicable drinks. https://youtu.be/29g_rZI7ANo
Tinker Electric – Word Clock
Developed by Tinker Electric this unique homewares piece to display the time in words. Over time this has been refined to now include user selectable colors as well as the ability to display alternate messages on special days. The internals consist of an LED matrix and internet connected controller.
Tinker Electric – Physical Like Counter
To engage customers in retail Tinker developed a live display for businesses ‘likes’ on Facebook and other social media programs. Sold throughout the world this display is capable of displaying any web based KPI via WiFi connectivity.
Laurie Co – Internet Power Point
Developed an internet connected power point which is reports its power consumption and which can be remotely operated via the internet.
Social Booth – Internet Controlled Lighting Booth
Social booth approached Tinker Electric with the requirement to produce a lighting panel with the ability to control the intensity over the internet. The final solution consisted of an LED array with onboard controller to accept commands via the internet as well as local override. The PCB was delivered with a ‘flip able’ design allowing for one board to be both a master and slave depending on how it is wired.
Sandpit – Audio Social Media Phone
Electronics involved to re-create a 1960’s telephone to connect to the internet and present a social media platform for the elderly. Funded by RAA and Sandpit this project was delivered for the Department of the Aging.
Sandpit – RFID reader for the Raspberry Pi
Used for home inspections and interactive art pieces this reader communicates its information to the Pi and finally to a cloud backend.
Smart Logic Electrical – Trailer Controller
Adapter device to remove issues of new cars with LED trailers. Device prevents warning light and flickering of LED lights in trailers.
Platfarm – Internet Watering System
Internet controlled valve allowing farmer to turn on and off water supply as well as read back consumption via the web.
Tinker Electric – Water Me Bird
Learn to solder kit for students developed in partnership with the University of Wollongong. This unusually shaped PCB senses when your plant is thirsty and tweets a soft song to let you know.
RazzleDazzle – Damien Co
Developed an attractive lighting solution for a mountain biking event.
Platfarm – CAM bus logger with bluetooth
Designed and produced schematics for the startup Platfarm to create a logging connection to a tractors CAM bus. This device allows them to read statistics of the vehicle such as speed, fuel, location and report it back to an internet platform via Bluetooth back to the phone.
Mining and Control Systems:
Santos – Intelligent Well Cycling
Received innovation award at Santos for writing a program that optimises gas production from wells, reducing the need for engineers to tweak settings. This saves $3 million per year in man hours and increased production of 7% in the neglected wells production (2TJ/d in the wells in the program). The concept here is to automate domain knowledge so that certain tasks do not need to be tended to. This project saw me working closely with Petroleum Engineers to translate their know how into a robust program that could adjust the well set points appropriately. My existing Oil and Gas as well as Control Systems experience were key in the projects success.
Santos – Soap Optimisation Control
Automation software to control to minimise the use of surfactant but optimise the production of gas within a range. Savings of $200k p.a. As well as reduced chemical related issues.
Working for Intellect Systems in WA we won a job to fit a Zinc mine in SA with a Control System. One of the additional value adds, after the core system was complete, was to highlight the ‘bad actor’ alarms. This was a result of too many alarms as you often get with large sites. The result was alarm rationization as well as a mini script to detect the alarms with the most hits over X days. This empowered the managers of the mine to take ownership on reducing these ‘bad actors’ not just at that moment but for the future as well.
Translation App for Tourism – Running an IT company in WA we embarked on creating an app to attract more foreign tourists to ‘Fremantle Trams’. The proposed solution was to translate the tour into multiple languages and have customers follow along on the automated map. Using ‘Lean Startup’ techniques we found that foreign customers were hesitant to download because data overseas was costly. After an extended trial the app was discontinued due to lack of traction. Lessons well learnt were: Test often, test fast.