We've received a lot of positive feedback to build an ecosystem around the Pico. We've thought about this and have decided to release the following shields during this campaign.
Proto Shield - £1
The proto shield is a compact prototyping board that stacks on top of the Pico and can be used to add custom circuitry to it.
LED Matrix Shield - £3
A tiny shield that contains 24 (3x8) green 0603 LEDs that can be used to create patterns.
It has 3 LED columns, each containing 8 rows of LEDs. Two 74HC595 shift registers are used to address the LEDs. One shift register is responsible for activating the rows, while the other activates the columns.
D1 Mini Adapter - £3
A shield that lets you use the Pico with existing D1 Mini shields. At least 50 of these will have to be ordered or else we will not be able to manufacture these.
It features a 3.3V linear regulator to power the shields and also contains 10 3.3/5V bi-directional level translators for interfacing. The analog line has not been level translated.
- LiPo Shield & microSD Shield - £7,000
- DC Motor Shield & Accelerometer Shield - £9,000
***The D1 mini adapter makes the Pico compatible with existing D1 mini shields. It consists of an onboard 3.3V regulator and 10 5V-3.3V bidirectional level translators allowing you to safely operate the shields. The analog pin (A0) has not been translated. This is a perfect solution if you already own the D1 mini shields. Here's a link to the D1 mini shield wiki for reference:
HOW TO ORDER SHIELDS?
Please read the multi-pledge section below and get in touch with us to add shields to your existing pledge. Each shield is considered to be a single board for shiping purposes. If you've ordered 4 or more boards (Picos + Nanos + Shields), then you will qualify for combined shipping as mentioned in the shipping section below.
Many of our backers have expressed interest in obtaining multiple boards. If you would like to do the same, then simply follow the steps below or get in touch with us directly - either through a private message or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here's what you need to do if you want to get more boards (pledge multiple times):
- Select the suitable reward and pledge the corresponding amount which covers the total amount for the boards + shipping.
- Send us a message or email (email@example.com) and mention the number of boards you would like along with your pledge amount. We will check to make sure everything is correct and will give you a written confirmation. We will also make a note of this and adjust the available rewards accordingly.
Many of you have already sent us a message/email and if you have received a response from us, then you do not need to do anything further.
We will also get in touch with all backers to confirm their pledge towards the end of the campaign. This will allow any final tweaks/modifications.
The new rewards do not include shipping charges, so please read the following and determine the applicable shipping amount or leave a comment if you need assistance.
1. Count the total number of boards you would like to order.
2. For 1-3 boards, shipping is £1 for UK and £4 for all other destinations.
3. For 4 or more boards, shipping is £2 for UK and £6 for all other destinations.
4. Please add the shipping amount to your pledge.
We will also get in touch with you closer to the end of the campaign to confirm your pledge.
The Piksey Pico is really tiny compared to several other boards including the Raspberry Pi Zero and the Arduino Uno - which have been used for reference.
There's no point in having a compact board with only a handful of I/O pins as that severely limits the capabilities and projects that it can be used in.
That's why the Piksey Pico and Nano have several user-accessible pins making them compatible with your existing Arduino Uno and Arduino Nano sketches.
We at BitsNBlobs Electronics (BnBe), believe that the best way to learn electronics is to start working on projects. Our aim is to build a community and design products to help you learn electronics no matter what your age or skill level.
We are currently working on some exciting projects that will help us on our mission. Please follow us on Kickstarter or social media to stay updated.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
There's always an element of risk when it comes to a hardware project and most projects develop issues in one of the following areas - design, manufacturing, fulfillment.
The design process for Piksey Pico & Nano has been very straightforward. We've already successfully tested the pre-production prototype as can be seen in the promotional video.
We will have one final iteration of the board which will incorporate any feedback that will be obtained through this campaign. Orders will be fulfilled in 2 phases as outlined in the pledges - December 2018 and January 2019.
Our technology partners work closely with multiple electronic suppliers and contract manufacturers. We've worked with two of our leading suppliers/manufacturers to obtain estimates for both the boards and we also have a 3rd manufacturer on standby to handle any surge in demand.
Postage is perhaps the biggest variable and we will be fulfilling all orders through (UK) Royal Mail.
- (25 days)