Tower is a powerful, flexible and extensible, yet inexpensive
modular development system for designing and prototyping computational
devices. Physically, the Tower consists of a primary Foundation
layer with a central processor. Additional circuit board layers
can then be stacked on top for added functionality, as a particular
application requires. We have been working to create a base
set of layers that perform many standard functions and will
be useful for a wide variety of electronic systems. Existing
modules for sensing, actuation, data storage, and infrared communication
will soon be joined by ones for enhanced display output and
high-speed wireless communication.
presence of these existing modules allows users to develop prototypes
of electronic systems rapidly and efficiently. But the beauty
of this system lies not in the functionality that it already
has, but in the functionality that it is capable of attaining.
We are creating a suite of design and development tools that
will enable anyone to extend the system as their needs and desires
dictate. With full support for industry standard protocols,
the task of getting a new layer up and running can in many cases
be reduced to a single afternoon.
web site contains information about the Tower system and its
components, some applications of the system, and information
about how to get Towers
and obtain support.