Blue Vending Player (BVP)

We were curious to make a old vending machine look little bit more IoT (interesting) and possibility to for additional channel of income(like playing ads during coffee brew).

When customer purchase a product we can play custom video or personal message, music clip. Some kind of “Personal  treatment” if his phone support  BLE(Bluetooth Low Energy). It will be also possible to apply custom discounts and promotions.

 

Blue Vending Player

Blue Vending Player

Vending machine monitoring

Added and tested new feature of out blue vending platform. Online vending machine monitoring.

We precisely can report which part of the machine is not functioning

  • VMC
  • Change giver
  • BUS

 

Успешно пуснахме в експлоатация онлайн мониторинг  на вендинг машини.

Може да определим с точност какво не е наред с вендинг автомата(машината):

  • VMC, Основна платка
  • Монетник
  • Грешки по шината

Пазим статистика за всички възникнали проблеми, както и кой и кога ги е отстранил.

Vending Machine Monitoring

Vending Machine Monitoring

Vending Machine Monitoring

Vending Machine Monitoring

blue vending mainboard

Blue Vending, easy and smart way to organize your vending business

Blue Vending Platform

After 2 years of hard work we are proud to announce our product targeting vending business is going to be live in one of the biggest operator. Blue Vending solution gives you a easy way to organize your vending business from beginning to the end. Combining hardware for ‘talking’ to the machine, mobile phone software and warehouse is a complex but complete solution for coffee, food and drinks. All build in latests technologies using nodejs, typescript, angular, little bit java and swift. It is real pleasure to see how all this its collaborating on clients vending machines.

blue vending box

blue vending box

blue vending platform

blue vending platform

We support N&W Global Vending (Necta) and Wurlitzer vending machines, NRI and MEI CASHFLOW® changers.

Namaste!

FTDI chip and OS X 10.10

Hi All,
Yesterday I got a FTDI (UART to USB) board from unknown manufacturer. I plugged in to the iMac and without a surprise, it was not working. I have tried all the possible combinations, but no luck. Then after some digging in Apple documentation and Google about kext, FTDI and related, I finally made it. Here are the steps:

1. In order to disable the AppleUSBFTDI.kext extension (From Mac OS X 10.8 there is Apple driver implementation for the FTDI chip).

cd /System/Library/Extensions/IOUSBFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns
sudo mv AppleUSBFTDI.kext AppleUSBFTDI.disabled

2. Downloading and installing FTDI VCP Driver. I used the Mac OS X, 64 bit version.

3. Install the driver. Optional you can check if it is there and loaded.

ls -ld `/System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext`
kextstat | grep FTDI

4. Run system_profiler -detailLevel full in order to find device details with a plugged in FTDI board.More info about the fields and how matching is done.
“idVendor” = 0x403
“idProduct” = 0x0
“bcdDevice” = 0x600

system_profiler FTDI Info

My FTDI chip info via system_profiler

5. Open the /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext/Contents/Info.plist and add new or change existing key/dictionary under IOKitPersonalities and make sure above 3 values(idVendor, idProduct, bcdDevice) are there and correct. All values must be decimals.

IOKitPersonalities / FT232R USB UART

My changes in Info.plist/IOKitPersonalities / FT232R USB UART

6. Now with the changes, signature of the driver is not correct so you need to turn on kext dev mode in the OS.
sudo nvram boot-args=”kext-dev-mode=1″

Reboot…

7. Unload/Load the driver. You can skip this step if you just rebooted. It can be use when you do changes in the info file.

sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext/
sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/FTDIUSBSerialDriver.kext/

8. Plug in the FTDI to USD board and if you are lucky, you will see something likes this:

ls /dev |grep usbserial

cu.usbserial-A9GBBDLL

tty.usbserial-A9GBBDLL

Hope it helps.

Namaste!

HomeKit

We are part of the Apple MFi Program

I am proud to announce that we are now part of the Apple MFi Program. It will definitely help us to make better home automation accessories.

If you’re interested in creating a HomeKit-enabled hardware accessory, you need to be an MFi licensee to access the resources for manufacturing hardware that integrates HomeKit technology.

Namaste!