Maypole

by Akshar Vastarpara

Wireless file storage from anywhere

View all updates Dec 10, 2020

Our Crowdfunding Campaign is Now Live!

by Akshar Vastarpara

Today, crowdfunding begins for a new kind of open hardware storage system. Maypole allows users to share data wirelessly and makes it easier for designers to add Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality to their products.

USB flash memory sticks have been around long enough to have become a defacto data-exchange "interface" for devices of all kinds: computers, printers, industrial machinery, sewing machines, lab equipment, etc. We designed Maypole to solve practical, real world problems related to industrial machinery that reads static instructions from a USB stick. It gives us the ability to store and edit design files from anywhere within Wi-Fi rangeā€”or even from across the Internet. In other words, it gives us the IoT functionality we need without us to replace expensive equipment that serves our needs perfectly in every other respect.

When we actually began building Maypole, it occurred to us that it would have uses well beyond our industry. We also realized that the addition of a battery would open the door to new mobility-oriented applications. The current version of maypole is like a portable power bank for data! And, thanks to the ESP32 module at its heart, Maypole has Bluetooth functionality as well, which gives it the potential to support wireless speakers and headphones.

We think you’ll enjoy using it, and we think you’ll love building other products around the features it provides. So come have a look at our campaign page, and help us bring Maypole to the world!

About the Author

Akshar Vastarpara

akshar001


$6,403 raised

of $1,500 goal

426% Funded! Order Below

Product Choices

$42

Maypole With Battery

Includes a 3.7 V, 370 mAh LiPo battery and charging circuitry that allow you to upload and download files while Maypole is unplugged


$35

Maypole Without Battery

If you only need to transfer files while Maypole is connected to a host device, you can skip the battery to save on size, weight, and cost.


$42

Maypole With Programmer (No Battery)

Help us add new features! One Maypole (without battery) connected by six pre-soldered wires to an FTDI programmer with a MiniUSB port. Comes with a male MiniUSB to male USB Type-A cable.

Credits

Akshar Vastarpara


Akshar Vastarpara

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