This is a fully-functional preproduction Dreamcatcher. As hard as I tried to reduce to get the price of the device down, it looks like we are stuck at $99 for a Dreamcatcher kit, which includes an LNB. This is a much simpler design than the 3.05, but back then components were much cheaper. So much for driving costs down to allow greater adoption.
As an FYI, the LNB will be a Bullseye for the time-being, but that may not always be the case.
The version that will be sold will not have the speaker which is located just above the Othernet text. The two SMA will also be removed, as this is a receive-only device. In the future, there may be a version with a Tx-SMA, but that will only be available licensed amateur radio operators.
The major active components include:
- Semtech LR1120
- ESP32S3-WROOM-1-N8R8 (or possibly the version with 16MB of flash)
–This is a dual core wifi/SoC which runs at 240 MHz.
Although the speaker will be not be populated, the buzzer will remain. That will be used to alert the user for incoming packets/proper pointing. I would still like to experiment with audio, but the various I2C headers can allow for that. The I2C pins can also be used with a display panel, in case anyone wants to experiment with broadcasting images/gifs.
Other minor features:
- two LED
- one push button (for flashing new firmware)
- USB-C connector
- USB-A for flash drives
- ESP32S3 is a dual core wifi SoC which runs at 240 MHz