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New 3.0 Beta FW

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

I wanted to make a short announcement that I have a very stable 3.0 firmware release available to try. I’m extremely comfortable with the stability. I’ve re-written nearly everything, abstracted functions away from hardware, have a new algorithm that suppresses noise, support MCE remotes (finally), and more.

Anyone who’s eager to try it can visit the related forum page: http://forum.flirc.tv/index.php?/forum/73-firmware-30/

Or wait a week or so until it’s public. You’ll need to be a community member, any and all feedback is welcome and appreciated.

Memorial Day Sale Live

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Weekend Sale through Monday 12PM PST. Everything is on sale, and all weekend orders will ship Tuesday Morning.

 

Memorial Weekend Sale

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I think I’ll have one.

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New Distributor – Tinkerlings

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

We’ve added a new distributor to our portfolio, Tinkerlings.

Tinkerlings is a great outfit in Florida that is selling trinkets, tinkerlings, pi’s and flircs. I’m excited to announce our partnership, we have a lot in common, including our motives and beliefs. Be sure to check out their store and see the rest of their offerings.

New New Zealand Distributor

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

We have a new authorized distributor, get a flirc from pishop in New Zealand.

fw v2.4 released

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The firmware is packaged into the GUI, please download the latest release and go to advance->force firmware upgrade.

The firmware updated includes the following:

  • fixed possible stuck key or endless repeats.
  • general cleanup

Please feel free to send in feedback regarding this release.

Media Keys and Suspend Support Released

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The next version of the firmware has been released, v2.2 which is part of GUI v1.1.6

This new firmware supports pairing of the media keys:

pause/play, next track previous track, etc.

You can also pair the suspend key which will put your computer to sleep. This was widely requested.

There is no official pairing in the GUI as of yet, you’ll have to use the commandline which ships with the GUI on every OS.

New Canadian Distributor – BuyaPi.ca

Monday, January 13th, 2014

God I hate shipping to Canada. There I said it. Not because I don’t like Canadian’s, but because it takes so damn long.

So today, I’m excited to announce a new authorized distributor, BuyaPi

BuyaPi.ca is one of Canada’s leading retailers of microcomputers and micro-controllers, as well as their accessories. Based out of Ottawa, their web store ships across Canada and the US. They carry Raspberry Pi’s, Arduinos, and a wide variety of accessories and other electronic components.

Purchase Link: http://www.buyapi.ca/product/flirc-rpi-usb-xbmc-ir-remote-receiver/

Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale. 35% OFF

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

 

I will be participating in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale extravaganza. For the entire weekend, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, Flirc will be 35% off. The price will be 14.99 the entire weekend, and there will be a per person limit. Make sure to tell your friends, I’ll be doing this until supplies last. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, and my wishes to you guys and your families. Black Friday Sale

Behind The Scenes

Monday, November 18th, 2013

It’s probably easy to assume that there isn’t much going on with Flirc. The website doesn’t get updated much, I’ve fallen silent on the blogs, etc. Usually when this happens, I’m hard at work and don’t have a second for an update. Things are finally settling down. I mentioned I had a bug in my latest bootloader, I will publish the blog post detailing this. I’ve fixed that, and was hard at work for over two months re-writing a lot of code. Check out the git activity. Nearly every day I was pushing a substantially large amount of code to the main repo.

Github TrafficPlease remember, I’m nearly doing everything alone. I have a couple friends that help but their support is minimal. I work full time, and am also a new father. Every second of free time I have goes to this company. I know all my work has been mostly behind the scenes, but things will start to be a bit more obvious soon.

Two new products coming out that are variants of flirc will make a splash in the markets they were created for.

I’ve certainly learned a lot since Flirc has been created. I couldn’t have dreamed of the scaling problems that I’ve had. It hasn’t all been on manufacturing and the physical product aspect. I’ve had that under control for quite a while now. It’s been on the software side. I didn’t imagine how the firmware and code base would grow. It started out as some firmware with a sister application. It’s grown to a massive amount of code with shared libraries between products, abstraction to take care of different versions, and a build system that would make any huge company jealous. Deploying packages is easy now that I’ve integrated a tool called bart.

It’s been fun, and I can’t wait to show off what I’m working on.