I'm happy to finally announce that the final boards that were part of the Kickstarter are now shipping - these are the WiFi, GPS and Ethernet TInyShields. Once again I apologize for how long this has taken, there were some major challenges with these boards and we had to go through a few revisions to get them working great (namely the GPS and WiFi antenna tuning). We've been doing a lot of testing with these, and the GPS and WiFi in particular are a lot of fun :) We think you'll love to start playing with these.
We've just shipped about 30 orders today that were waiting on GPS and WiFi boards, tomorrow a number of the Ethernet boards will start shipping. We have some additional boards to build up later this week, but we anticipate being able to complete all of the outstanding orders that have been waiting on these in the next two weeks.
WiFi Price Refund
As we announced a few updates ago, we changed the WiFi chipset that was originally used from a Redpine module to a TI CC3000, which is much cheaper (and more flexible). Because of this, the list price for the TinyShield WiFi has dropped to $59.95 from $89.95, so anyone who chose to receive a WiFi board will be receiving a $30 coupon (per board ordered) off future products on our webstore. These coupons will be emailed out within the next two weeks.
We're in MAKE Magazine!
And on the cover! We're happy to be part of the Boards issue of MAKE Magazine, where they compare a number of different boards (like Arduino's, Raspberry Pi's, etc), and there is a small section about shrinking your projects that discusses the TinyDuino and the Digispark from our buddies over at Digistump.
There is also a small project blurb of a project I made a few months ago to start testing the GPS TinyShield, which was to create a GPS Tracking collar for my cat. This may (hopefully) be featured in a future edition of MAKE, with detailed instructions on how to make it. Read more at: Make
1 Year Kickstarter Anniversary
On Wednesday Oct 16th, it will officially be 1 year since the completion of the TinyDuino Kickstarter campaign. I can't thank you enough for the support you given me and TinyCircuits, which has now grown to 6 employees thanks to your Kickstarter support.
It's been quite a year, this time last Oct I was still just working out spare bedroom in my house, and now we have a full 3000 sq ft design and production facility in place here in Akron, Ohio, with eyes on expanding to more space in the next few months.
There have definitely been hurdles, some design and production delays (I swear I would never have believed we still be shipping boards a year after), but the lessons learned over the last year have put us in a place where I'm sure we'll be able to be successful in the future.
Thank you again for your support and being a member of the TinyCircuits family - if you're ever in Akron, please stop by and check the place out that you helped to build.