First, let me thank you all for backing this project. It definitely would not happen without your help.
I am really excited to show off the hardware prototypes that arrived late last week. This is the same design which you can access at Upverter. I ordered the PCBs from OSH Park, which is a service that lets you buy PCBs in a small quantities without having to purchase an entire panel, pretty neat, huh?
I had already ordered enough parts from DigiKey to build a couple of boards, so I set off to Kettering University to assemble a few units in their SMT lab. They have a solder paste dispenser and a reflow oven there which make it a lot easier to build something this tiny. A couple of hours later, and I had 3 PCBs. Here's one of them next to a dime, for scale:
Next, do they actually work? I soldered headers into the board to power and program the chip:
The result? I can program the chips and debug directly on the board, which is handy for writing/troubleshooting software. I wanted to show you guys a quick video of the boards in action. They are transmitting and receiving data to and from each other wirelessly!
One last thing, I really need all of your help in order to make this campaign a success! Please share this with your friends and networks in order to get the word out to as many people as possible.
P.S. Kettering University, my Alma Mater, interviewed me and posted a story on their website! Here's the link, if anyone is interested: http://www.kettering.edu/news/kettering-university-graduate-launches-kickstarter-campaign-aimed-bringing-technology-business