We decided to use the same strategy of the successful story of SkyDrop vario. We offer high end vario, but with limited functionality at the beginning.
The early SkyDrop adopters might remember our promises 6 years ago, that better and better functions will come - and they came! During the years, SkyDrop became the most powerful vario in its class. Programming software is very time consuming and you can do it just after some hardware already exists.
Therefore we decided to place on market vario, which is just like new baby, fresh, cute, but not very skilled. Strato was born with its predecessor genome - It has all functions like SkyDrop vario, but it has many times more space and capabilities for new advanced features. Pilots who believe in our skills and buy early pieces of Strato for a low starting price can look forward to see how our vario will quickly grow up its value. We will raise its price according to upcoming functions. Of course, all updates are for free, as always here at SkyBean :)
weight 180 g
dimensions 138 x 58 x 24 mm
battery 5000 mAh, 20 h fly time
memory 32 Gb
Measurement Specialties - MS5803 barometer
u-blox - NEO-M8Q GNSS receiver
SKYTRAXX - FLARM/FANET+ Modul
ST - LSM9DS1 IMU
Espressif - ES1ESP32 WiFi/Bluetooth module and audio coprocessor
ST - STM32H7A MCU
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So many new cool features and ideas, which we are no longer able to fit into our little cute SkyDrop, have challenged us to go for something new and advanced. We put the brains and skills together and voilá - here it is, high-end fly computer Strato.
For the size of an average middle class vario equipped with high-end functions! Strato has a sunlight readable 3” transflective color display. It weighs just 180 grams with a solid battery life of 20 hours. Strato fits your cockpit in a vertical position, so it leaves a lot of space for radio, phone or other gadgets.
Do you remember that strange feeling when you accidentally got sucked into cloud on your favourite XC highway during the “hammertag”? FLARM transmitter will notify glider pilots, keeping you from being smashed like a bug on the windshield, while the FANET transceiver will keep you aware about other paragliding pilots in proximity. Strato will also warn you about possible airspace violation and collision with power or lift lines.
Strato is equipped with the high quality sensors from market leading Swiss manufacturers. High performance GNSS receiver from u-blox supporting GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. Best in class barometer from MEAS Switzerland, with motion sensors provide instant vario response.
Annoyed by that typical tamagotchi beeping? Soft and precise vario tones from high quality speaker will help you effectively to climb to the cloudbase. Then enjoy your favourite music played from phone through bluetooth, during the glide. If you find unprotected speaker weak solution, watch this video ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T20MyZYOG0
Connect to your favorite XC app via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or directly with USB cable. Strato is connected via Wi-Fi to your phone or home network for automatic tracklogs upload. Maps, terrain and airspace data are always up-to-date without need for a computer.
Strato has two USB-C ports, so in the air, energy can flow from the power bank through Strato to the phone with simultaneous data tethering. Quick Charge technology is able to provide huge amounts of energy for faster charging, an hour while driving to takeoff is enough.
Strato customizability will surpass his smaller brother SkyDrop. You will be able to use profiles for XC, competition, PPG or local soaring and change almost anything to your personal preferences. Choose from a large amount of widgets and place it across multiple pages.
After Flight Hangout
Use strato as a music player or bluetooth speaker. Integrated torch light will help you find your way back to your tent. As a bonus Strato can also work as a powerbank for your smartphone.
As all our devices, Strato is also an open-source product, built on the popular platform STM32 as the main processor and ESP32 as the multimedia co-processor. If you are interested to participate, code and schematics hosted on github