About tipcontrol

tipcontrol is a microcontroller-based, rapid development environment for any Internet of Things application. It's a hardware building block system including operating system, configuration application and a cloud service.

Modern technology require modern tools. To control homes, robotics, machineries or any alike, sensors and controlling units are needed. That’s where tipcontrol comes in. Easy to assemble and powerful in use. There are dozens of sensors and actuators which can be assembled together. After that, it's all about creating logic and letting the sensors communicate with each other, even wirelessly.

The stackable circuit board allows different sensors and actuators to be assembled on one board, according to the specific requirements of each IoT project. It is a building block system for hardware. tipcontrol not only comes with the operating system OSµ for micro controllers, it offers a live simulator software with drag and drop functionality for OSX, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android.

There is still more to say: tipcontrol has an integrated MESH technology for connecting an infinite number of micro controllers and sensors or actuators together. All of them can be controlled with drag and drop. An event & macro designer gives tipcontrol AI functionality. That artificial intelligence can control one micro controller, a group or all the units in the cluster. There are also extensive APIs that software developers can use to write their own applications.


Internet of Things and Edge Computing

Digital business initiatives generate data that is processed more efficiently when the computing power is close to the generating object or person. Edge computing solutions meet this need for localized computing power.

Approximately 10% of the data generated by enterprises is already created and processed regardless of a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2025, Gartner predicts that this figure will reach 75%. Edge computing has enormous potential to enable digital initiatives supported by the Internet of Things.

tipcontrol can be the base technology enabeling a new generation of intelligent and meshed IoT applications, such as industrial applications, home control, environmental applications, security systems, event access management, automotive and lots more.

How can you use it?

Plug & Play it

Just plug as many actuators or sensors to the board as you need. There will be a load of caps available for all kinds of requirements.

Configure it

Connect the board to the Operating System OSµ, configure it via the provided GUI.

Connect it

Using the tipcontrol cloud you can register as many tipcontrol boards as you need. Let them communicate and interact at any place connected to the internet.

The tipcontrol Project was started to support the hardware and software community
to significantly improve the status quo of the Internet of Things market.

The main components

tipcontrol is a microcontroller based, rapid development environment for any Internet of Things application.

It is a complete IoT development kit including micro controller, an operating system, configuration software,
and cloud infrastructure which is needed to quickly build a wireless IoT system.

Status Quo

So far, the third generation of tipcontrol circuit boards has been produced and tested. Over 27.000 hours were already invested in the development & design of tipcontrol.

120 caps are already integrated.

To bring the project to the next level, we need financial support from the community. Currrently we are preparing a kickstarter campaign, planned to launch around mid of February 2020. For any updates register to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter.

We plan to ship the first kits in Mach, 2020. If you have any questions, please get back to us via contact form.


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We really wanted to bring the developer scene and the hardware guys closer together to
give the field of Internet of Things a booster. The idea of the project is pretty simple: We wanted
to develop an operating system and a cloud service, where all the drivers and C++ stuff for the
hardware components are already build in the operating system.

Reinhard Blumauer, Head of Development

For whom is tipcontrol made for?

The tipcontrol project addresses the whole world of developers, technology experts, digital educational area, and all the guys loving DIY projects. All users of Raspberry PI (there are more than 25 billion users worldwide), Arduino or derivates might have a look at tipcontrol because it is a completely new approach to the development of IoT.

Where do we stand with the project and what are the plans for the future?

Since 2017, more and more supporters helped to grow the project. In the summer of 2019, the
3rd generation of the tipcontrol base board was produced. More than 100 caps and actuators
are already added to the cloud and more will come. The registration via tipcontrol cloud is up and
running since October, 5th. To get the project rocking, we decided to start a crowdfunding
campaign on Kickstarter, which will be launched in February, 2020.


Mesh networks

tipcontrol is able to create mesh networks. This offers much more possibilities when installing several units in one area and offers additional functionality.

"For beginners and professionals. For learners, DIY fans or as a great tool for software developers. Create fully event-driven IoT applications by simply using drag & drop. Combine them into a mesh network or let them work as a stand-alone device. Connect hundreds of sensors and actuators so they can communicate with each other. All this without writing a single line of code."

The simplest way to step into the world of IoT. Control almost anything. Build complex logics within minutes instead of days or months. tipcontrol means 'microcontrollers for the rest of us.'

What to expect?

tipcontrol is a complete IoT Kit. It includes microcontroller, an operating system,
configuration software, and cloud infrastructure which is needed to quickly build
a wireless IoT system.

  • Microcontroller-based development board
  • Selection of stackable sensors called Caps
  • Battery Cap and power Cap
  • USB Charger
  • Operating system OSµ
  • Access to tipcontrol cloud
  • Extensive API for developers
  • tipcontrol box available for 2 & 3 base boards which allows up to 6 Caps

tipcontrol development board

  • Micro controller dual core 160/240 Mhz
  • Flash 4MB/16MB
  • 32 Bit
  • Extremely low power with deep sleep mode < 0.1µA
  • 36 Pin multiple usage, 32 stackable (Input/Output)
    • Analog
    • Digital
    • I2C
    • SPI
    • UART
  • USB on board
  • All pins PWM
  • WiFi on board
  • Bluetooth on board
  • Pre-installed operating system OSµ
  • Cloud ready
  • Plug & play ready
  • Developer API

Available sensors & actuators

You may integrate hundreds of sensors & actuators externally. Some of them are made
stackable - these are called caps. The driver for those caps is pre-installed on the
development board.

The following caps are available:

  • Battery power management
  • USB port
  • Measurement sensor for pressure, humidity, temperature
  • Gas sensor
  • Motor driver
  • Infrared reader & writer
  • RFID reader & writer
  • Nextion LCD Displays
  • 3 & 9 axes sensors
  • Gate sensors
  • Range sensors
  • 433 MHZ readers & writers
  • MQTT
  • LED light
  • 110/220V Power Driver
  • SD Card

Tipcontrol operating system OSµ

OSµ is the operating system within the microcontroller. There are already all drivers for all
available sensors and actuators pre-installed.

OSµ supports the following features:

  • Multi core
  • Multi thread
  • 32Bit, 64Bit ready
  • WiFi configurable
  • Wireless mesh network capable
  • Bluetooth
  • Power management
  • SPI
  • I2C
  • Analog
  • Digital
  • Event management
  • Formel generator
  • Graphical programming
  • MQTT compatible including SSL
  • Cloud ready
  • Various cap drivers
  • USB
  • External memory management (SD card, EEPROM)
  • Extensive API for developers (C++, PHP, XOJO)

Looking at the current IoT market, we felt the need of having an easy-to-use way of
connecting hardware with software. We wanted to realise a huge project as efficient
as possible. And we wanted to have the greatest possible flexibility without hiring
freelancers with special programming skills. That's why we developed tipcontrol.

Franz Kolostori, CEO of the tipcontrol project

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