£2,640
pledged of £10,000 goal
151
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 8 2018 11:14 AM UTC +00:00.

BitsNBlobs ElectronicsBy BitsNBlobs Electronics
First created
BitsNBlobs ElectronicsBy BitsNBlobs Electronics
First created
£2,640
pledged of £10,000 goal
151
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 8 2018 11:14 AM UTC +00:00.

About

A quarter-sized module that packs a ton of features

Tiny:  At 20x20mm, the Piksey core is smaller than a crown cap!

ATmega328P: 16MHz, 32KB Flash, 1KB EEPROM, 2KB SRAM

Voltage Regulator:  18V DC wide range input voltage

Breadboard Compatible – 16 breadboard compatible pins, rest available on 1.27mm header

microUSB:  Built-in USB-serial converter for programming

LEDs: Contains power and general purpose LED

Reset Switch:  Tactile switch for module reset

The quarter-sized Piksey 328 packs a punch and is available without the header pins soldered, making it easier to fit into tighter spaces.

Comparison with a standard glass bottle crown (cap)
Comparison with a standard glass bottle crown (cap)

The Piksey 328 is really tiny compared to several other boards including the Raspberry Pi Zero and the Arduino Uno - which have been used for reference.

Comparison with popular boards and modules
Comparison with popular boards and modules

There's really 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 we've designed the Piksey to have all the pins of the Arduino Uno making it compatible with your existing Arduino Uno and Arduino Nano sketches.

Piksey 328 - Arduino pin assignment
Piksey 328 - Arduino pin assignment

The Piksey 328 core is compatible with all existing Arduino Uno and Nano sketches. Here are some of the demos we've created using the prototype boards:

Battery operated GPS tracker with OLED display
Battery operated GPS tracker with OLED display
Temperature monitor with OLED display
Temperature monitor with OLED display
6 RGB LED strip using 1 data line
6 RGB LED strip using 1 data line

The shipping charges are already listed for individual pledges at the time of checkout, but if you're pledging multiple times (ordering multiple boards) then we are happy to combine the shipping to help you save on shipping costs.

Here are the shipping rates for multiple pledges:

4 boards or less:

  • UK shipping: £1
  • International shiping: £4

More than 4 boards:

  • UK shipping: £2
  • International shiping: £6

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.

The Piksey 328 is our first product designed for the Arduino ecosystem. There are many Arduino boards available today but none of them match the compactness, cost and performance of the Piksey.

The Piksey 328 is just the beginning and we will be releasing several other products and services in the coming months so make sure you keep in touch to stay updated.

You can visit www.bitsNblobs.com to learn more, but keep in mind that we've only recently launched the website and are adding new content every week.

The most important asset a community can have are its valued members. As part of our mission, we want to encourage learning and help the community to progress as a whole. We're currently building services to help us achieve this goal but there's nothing better than a 1-1 conversation with members, which is why we're offering a 15-minute consultation call with our technology partners - F7S Limited.

We will contact and arrange this call with all backers who pledge £60 ($75) and above. Our focus will be to help members progress their ideas but we're also happy to teach and explain concepts if that's what the member would like. Ideally, we would like to work closely with a few members to bring their projects and ideas to life.

Once we reach our goal on this campaign, we will be releasing daily video updates (Mon-Fri) to give you insights into the progress along with documenting several other ongoing projects. All updates will be released on a special YouTube channel meant to document and track progress of this and other projects that we work on.

Thank you for your support!

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.

Design:
The design process for Piksey 328 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 3 phases as outlined in the pledges - September, December and January.

Manufacturing
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 Piksey and we also have a 3rd manufacturer on standby to handle any surge in demand.

Fulfillment
Postage is perhaps the biggest variable and we will be fulfilling all orders through (UK) Royal Mail.

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