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FlowIO is provided under a Creative Commons License. 

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FlowIO was designed to enable researchers, makers, and artists - from all technical backgrounds - to be able to bring their their inflatable projects to life rapidly and easily. 

With a variety of pump modules, expansion modules, and accessories, FlowIO can satisfy a broad range of application needs for different pressures, flow rates, and dimensions.

A web-based Graphical User Interface and Bluetooth connectivity allows FlowIO to be controlled from any device, without having to write any code.

APIs for Arduino and JavaScript enable advanced users to write their custom applications for FlowIO in their preferred programming language.

FlowIO and the content on this website (except where otherwise noted) is provided freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. If you need to use this work or any part of it for commercial applications, use the contact form to request a written permission. 

For details about FlowIO, please read the research paper below and watch the accompanying video summary. If you need additional information let me know in the forums, and I will add more content to this page accordingly.

Ali Shtarbanov. 2021. FlowIO Development Platform – the Pneumatic “Raspberry Pi” for Soft Robotics. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’21 Extended Abstracts), May 08–13, 2021, Yokohama, Japan. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages.

There is much more documentation, tutorials, project videos, and other content that is slowly being added to this website. If interested in helping with any of these or other tasks, please consider volunteering. 

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