How It Works

Avoccado° is an open technology that can be embedded in everyday objects, transforming them into haptic, wireless input devices. Avoccado° is both the circuit board and the software that powers it. We also think that Avoccado° is a fun name for any input device running Avoccado° technology.

 

So how does it work? Motion and touch are sensed by the Avoccado° electronics and are passed to a remote node which can be connected to any electrical device. For example:

  • Lighting: an LED lamp can be paired with Avoccado° to control the brightness and/or hue. By rotating an Avoccado° device the brightness can be increased or decreased, and when Avoccado° is tilted on its side the colour of the LED can be adjusted. A sunset mode can be created by connecting one of the six sides of a cube, and a night light mode connected to another
  • Home Automation: use Avoccado° to control your home’s heating, or double tap Avoccado° to open the door if somebody is ringing the bell.
  • Music: control your stereo by utilising multiple sides of a cube… turn Avoccado° upside down for mute, use one side for volume, a second side to skip tracks, a third to control the bass levels, and then double tap to play or pause… make music with the open sound control/midi mode, or use it as a jog dial and so on.
  • Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Teensy, BeagleBone, MSP430, STM32, Leaflabs Maple, … you can receive Avoccado° data wirelessly with all other platforms if they can be equipped with an NRF24 module or have serial data input.

 

All in less than one cubic inch: Full stack of Avoccado° prototype with wireless radio module, six axis accelerometer and gyro sensor, lithium polymer battery charger and vibration motor.
All in less than one cubic inch: Full stack of Avoccado° prototype with wireless radio module, six axis accelerometer and gyro sensor, lithium polymer battery charger and vibration motor.
Bare Avoccado° Nora PCB prototype
A bare Avoccado° Nora PCB prototype.