Pénurie de composants électroniques

A few words on the availability of Varduino GPS:

You might have read in the news about the global shortage of electronic components currently occuring.

At the moment, the bluetooth module used in the Varduino GPS variometer is very hard to source and is causing the fabrication delay. A delivery is expected in the first half of June, which will allow for some more stock.

Before then, if people are interested in a Varduino GPS without Bluetooth connectivity, don't hesitate to send a message.



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New XC planner tool and firmware updates

New tool for cross country planning

A new tool for the creation of waypoints files is now available in Varduino Manager, in which it is possible to directly plan your flight on a Google map. It is now possible to: 

  • Place/Move/Delete waypoints on a map
  • Load aispace files in the openair format and use them to plan your route
  • Set waypoints radius (default: 400m)
  • Export the route to Oziexplorer waypoint files

The manual is available here

Firmware and Varduino Manager updates

Varduino GPS must be updated in version 0.37. Varduino Manager must be updated in version 0.8.

Please read regarding firmware version 0.36: This version works fine but doesn't allow Varduino Manager to retrieve IGC file whilst they are present on the SD card. Version 0.37 fix the issue, together with Varduino Manager v0.8.

Please read regarding Varduino Manager v0.7 on MacOS: This version and possibly former ones can't update the Varduino GPS. Version 0.8 should fix the issue.

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The new Varduino GPS is here

The design of the Varduino GPS has been greatly improved and brings the following new features:

  • A new display overlay in plexiglass for better protection
  • Larger buttons
  • A new RGB LED for charge status indication
  • Side reset buttons, accessible from the outside for programmer hobbyist
Pre-orders are therefore opened as the existing stocks has already been sold out!

New case

The pictures above are real photos with the background removed. One can see the new display cover, in plexiglass, offering a better display protection while keeping an amazing visibility outdoor. The buttons now have a larger diameter and new icons. The rest of the case is still 3D printed.

On the side, a new RGB LED indicates the battery charge status and two push buttons were added. One can reset the instrument in case of problem while the other can set the instrument in programming mode.

Opening of pre-orders

I received a lot of messages after my previous post, asking for when the new stock would be available. So before I could reopen the shop, the whole stock was sold out. No need to say that I am very happy with the success of the variometer! A new fabrication batch is already in fabrication and pre-orders are now open for a delivery in January/February.

You'll find in the shop the Varduino GPS as a pre-order, with a reservation price of 9 euros. Buyers will be notified as soon as the variometer is back in stock and orders will be shipped after the total price of 165euros is paid (9 + 156 euros, + shipping).

The price of the variometer therefore goes up from 149euros to 165euros to cover the new case cost and new assembly costs. I would like to remind everyone that this altimeter/variometer remains of great value at this price. In addition to its very sensitive pressure sensor, it still features a GPS chip, a 9 axis inertial measurement unit, a 16Go SD card for countless hours of recording and a Bluetooth module for pairing with your smarthone!

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