Hey everyone,

You may have notice last Thursday (January 14th) the Omega firmware was upgraded to version 0.0.6 and the Console is now Ando J1. Here’s the info on this release:

Console Updates

Right off the bat, you will have noticed the new Resistor Calculator App! We found it very handy to have a resistor calculator when hacking hardware, there’s more important things to memorize than colour bands!

The calculator allows you to:

  • specify a resistance value (including kΩ and MΩ) and it will display the colour bands on the resistor
  • or: use the drop-down menu to specify the colour bands, and it will display the resistance value

resistor input

You can select the tolerance values, as well as choose between four-band, five-band, and six-band resistors.
resistor bands

We’ve also made the Settings App more intuitive to use. Namely, it provides additional visual feedback when carrying out any back-end tasks:

  • During the firmware upgrade it will show a download progress bar and then display a message telling you what to expect while the firmware is being installed
    • The Omega’s LED will begin flashing at the start of the upgrade sequence and will only go back to solid when the upgrade is complete
      Firmware Upgrade Message
  • The WiFi and AP settings will also show loading icons when applying any changes, which will disappear when the changes are done

And last but not least, the OLED, PWM, and RELAY Control Apps will now display error messages when the particular expansion cannot be found:
i2c error

Firmware Updates

Based on some of the discussions we’ve seen on the community, we’ve also included the following kernel modules in the Omega firmware:

  • kmod-bluetooth
  • kmod-gpio-irq – enable interrupts from gpio, expect some updates to fast-gpio soon
  • kmod-usb-audio and kmod-sound-core

Firmware Change-Log

The change-log containing the information on the differences between each version and build is now available: https://wiki.onion.io/Firmware-Changelog

For now, we’re going to keep it on the wiki but it will get it’s own home very soon. Going forward, we will be attaching dates to the build notes.


We know you’ve been wanting to see what’s waiting around the corner regarding the Omega, so we’ve been hard at work putting together the road-map for Omega and Console development. Expect that to be ready next week!

As always, happy hacking!

Join the discussion here: https://community.onion.io/topic/452/new-omega-console-release-j1


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