Funded! This project was successfully funded on March 17, 2013.

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      Creator Alexander Schliebner 3 days ago

      Annika, "Mailing out the last boards" was your last update on Jan 11 2014 - 3 months passed since then, but I have still not received the boards and no update from you. I've been patient all the time, but my patience is coming to an end. Please update.
      Alex

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      Creator kamiel straatman 4 days ago

      No boards yet ? Annika please respond because this is taking too long.

      Kamiel

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      Creator Stephen Leach on April 5

      Where do I find the circuit diagrams and other documentation for the boards? This is my first Anduino project so I'm not sure where to start.

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      Creator marzsman on April 1

      Still no swarm bots in my mailbox :(

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      Creator Jeffrey Allen Randorf on April 1

      Reviewed my pledge - Swarm kit but I received no instructions.

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      Creator Jeffrey Allen Randorf on April 1

      I messaged her a while back and received my boards. Too bad about the rest of you all.

      This backed and completed project needs a "How To" read me of some sort. I've used a PIC micro-controller years back. Not familiar at all with Arduino. So, with the boards I have plus the interface (FDDI? I need to review what I backed) I should be able to power this up and somehow talk to the board (IAW program it).

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      Creator Pandabear41 on March 29

      Got my kits a week ago. One of them is DOA.

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      Creator Linus Björnlund on March 27

      Still no boards here in Sweden. Have i missed something or should i just wait a little longer?

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      Creator Cori Schlegel on March 25

      Hey folks, I suspect that Annika's super-busy (and possibly also ready to take a break from this kickstarter as well), so I tossed up a subreddit for users of the Magnolia board to share projects, ideas, and help with questions and troubleshooting.

      Hopefully there might be some interest in this, but if there's another place where Magnolia aficionados are already gathering I'd love to join up!

      You can find the subreddit at http://www.reddit.com/r/MagnoliaBoard.

      Hope you all are having fun with your boards!

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      Creator Karls Vladimir Peña on March 22

      My field kit finally arrived. A little bit late, but it arrived.

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      Creator Jorge Amodio on March 19

      I'm still waiting in San Antonio, TX

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      Creator Brendan Capel on March 19

      I'm in Canada and still haven't received my pledge. Should I be concerned?

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      Creator Christoffer Sjowall on March 18

      I still missing the board. I get a message 2 month ago that say , I miss your adress, please send it and I send the board. Nothing yet!!!

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      Creator Felix Kolk on March 17

      Hi francios and other,
      for power supply as you mentioned everything in the range from 1.8 to 5.5V should be ok for the board. So standard wallwarts DC! or a small holder with two AA cells should get you up and running.
      And also the programmer should be able to power the board. but this is all just theory for me since I have not laid my hands on the boards myself.
      Watch the polarity closely this might damage the MCU

      Good luck...

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      Creator francois nguyen on March 17

      Update: i looked at http://www.annikaobrien.com/magnolia/ again
      There is a link to a zip there. it's not very visible though.
      http://www.annikaobrien.com/wp-content/uploads/Magnolia.zip

      it looks like the most useful file is the magnolia.pdf

      it shows clearly the ground and VCC lines on the connectors.
      port 1 would be on the "12" side.

      On the other end of the board, 0V seems to be on pin 1 (on the right) and +VCC would be on pin 3.
      The question remains: how do i power the board? do i need to regulate power or a couple of AA between pins 1 and 3 would do? from http://www.atmel.com/devices/ATMEGA328.aspx it seems anything between 1.8 and 5.5 V would do.

      For someone used to work with these micro controllers it's probably obvious, but not for the rest of us just starting.

      I'll give it a try and report. Hopefully, I won't fry my board.

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      Creator francois nguyen on March 17

      I managed to get blink work with the board.
      --software--
      Use blink script from the examples.
      Set led to 1 ("int led=1;")
      --hardware--
      on the rectangle connector on the magnolia, it seems there are three rows, one is ground (the one on the edge of the board),the second one is +VCC and the 3rd one is signal.
      I put a resistor (330 ohms) and led in series between signal and ground for the first row (the one closest to the writing "magnolia".
      I loaded the script and it blinked.
      Next step is to use an input and an output, maybe a photo resistor or an ultrasound proximity sensor to light the led.

      The problem is i must power the board from usb.
      I need to find out how to power the board without usb otherwise deployment options are limited.espcially since i have multiple boards but only one usb breakout connector.

      Annika: please tell us how to use the board. You are almost there.
      If you are not done shipping all the boards, do that first of course, but when you have time, telling us how to use the board is the final step that makes it all useful.
      The instructions can be a pdf document we can download ourselves.
      Should we expect the missing pieces (sensor, piezo speakers)?
      Please tell us how to power the board. Can we do it with a few 4 AA batteries and a 7805 or is there a simpler way?

      Thanks
      -Francois

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      Creator Christopher Dillon on March 14

      Classroom kit arrived this morning (NZ): 10 clone boards, two USB and bits. "No Instructions in box" - anyone have any clues where I should look?

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      Creator Christian Brayshaw on March 14

      It's been 1 year since we backed this kickstarter and me personally got no kit, others are getting a kits but only partial.. This has been disappointing experience...

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      Creator Alfredo Pelæz on March 13

      I got my 10 clone boards, two USB boards of my Classroom Kit on 10 MAR 2014

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      Creator Ken Y on March 13

      Got 5 boards, 1 programming board and 1 speaker yesterday.

      No photo-resistors, no instructions, not enough piezo speakers.

      Please send the rest!

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      Creator Alen Hermiz on March 13

      Got mine today, great job! Thanks!

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      Creator francois nguyen on March 13

      Received the swarm bot kit yesterday but no instructions whatsoever.
      Annika: we have been patient but now that we have the kits, we really want to get started!
      Please provide some info about the boards. what are the pins and the LED?
      Magnolia website seems to be empty.

      -Francois

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      Creator Darren Stone on March 13

      Still waiting for my field kit......I've got projects to be completed ans can't wait to get started.

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      Creator Robert Gaimari on March 12

      Got my Swarm-bot Kit today. Thanks very much.

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      Creator Vince Zampella on March 12

      Got my classroom kit today.

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      Creator Christopher Macy on March 12

      Good news - Received a package containing most of my swarm bot kit today - one piezo speaker, one FTDI USB breakout connector and five assembled boards. Thanks.

      Still waiting on the instructions, other piezo speakers, and the photoresistor sensors.

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      Creator Frank Bartels on March 10

      I get it on the pinouts- all analog with Vcc and Ground. Ignore my last post accept the part about thanking LarryP and Annika. :)

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      Creator Frank Bartels on March 10

      @LarryP- thanks for the pin info. It's late here in NY, I'll get that LED blinkin tomorrow. I guess I'll have to trace the rest of the pins. I'll post what I have after testing. Cheers all. Thanks Annika.

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      Creator Karen Vitek on March 10

      Received my Swarmbot kit today - thanks Annika!

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      Creator Rick Post on March 10

      Yay!! My classroom kit showed up on Saturday! Thanks, Annika!!

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      Creator Addison Chrystie on March 10

      I received my classroom kit today. I haven't tested anything yet, but I'm glad I received them. Thank you! :D

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      Creator Gpurd on March 10

      I received my classroom kit yesterday, thank you Annika for your perseverance!

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      Creator Frank Bartels on March 9

      Ha, finally got my board. Thanks. It's been so long I'm wondering if anyone can set me in the right direction to communicating with this thing? Just use the Arduino SDK?

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      Creator Brad Hakala on March 8

      I received my classroom kit today in Idaho. Thanks for all your hard work!

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      Creator Ranjit Rozario on March 8

      I got my classroom kit 2 days ago. Thanks. San Jose CA for those of you keeping track. I am guessing that the instructions / 5 projects to get you started must be on her web site.

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      Creator Justin R. Walterich on March 7

      I meant "Time to make stuff do THINGS and stuff...." :)

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      Creator Justin R. Walterich on March 7

      WOO HOO! Yup, the board came in the mail today! Pretty cool, and not only was Annika's dedication to her project shown in the care she took in QC with personally loading and testing these, but the packaging is impressive also. Time to make stuff do thongs and stuff....

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      Creator Matt Gantner on March 7

      Got my kit today! Great work Annika. Thanks for sticking with it despite all the setbacks. I appreciate your dedication.

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      Creator Felix Kolk on March 7

      good to read that the kits are arriving everywhere, you are close Annika!!

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      Creator Todd Henderson on March 7

      Got mine, at last.

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      Creator aarphacker on March 7

      I am an idiot, indeed Greg Crawford is right the usb board does detach by pulling away. It just look so strange. Thanks Greg, I am not worthy. I am going to have some fun with them this weekend!

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      Creator Jeremy Southard on March 6

      I got my classroom kit in the mail today! Thanks!

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      Creator Greg Crawford on March 6

      Received the swarm kit the other day. I was able to connect an Adafruit 'Bluefruit EZ-Link' directly to a magnolia and program it via bluetooth from the Arduino IDE. Very cool.

      @aarphacker - I don't think the USB breakout connector is soldered onto the magnolia. I think it is just shipped connected to one of them. (At least that's how mine was shipped) You should be able to slide it off the magnolia connector by tugging lightly. (Pull away from the magnolia, not up...)

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      Creator Karen Vitek on March 6

      Still waiting for my swarmbot kit.....

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      Creator aarphacker on March 6

      My swarm kit arrived today I did not realize the ftdi usb breakout connector was soldered to the magnolia, therefore cannot use it for the other four boards. Am I missing something? The boards are well done.

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      Creator Mark Schell on March 5

      Got my swarm kit in the mail today - almost a year after the project got funded...no instructions, and only one sensor and buzzer, but it's good enough to play with.

      Hopefully still waiting on a fully populated web site with more info for reference purposes.

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      Creator Richard Fabian on March 5

      Just want to ping you about instructions for those of us with kits. I noted a comment about the swarm bot kit not coming with any instructions further down, and I did not have anything in my classroom kit. If anyone has a link to the instructions for the Classroom kit, then that would be great.

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      Creator Richard Fabian on March 5

      Out of no-where, my Classroom kit arrived: I'm in UK.

      Can't wait to get started, I'm stuck at work!

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      Creator ymilord on March 3

      My Classroom Kit arrived today

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      Creator J McDonald on March 3

      A big thank you to Annika, my board and FTDI USB breakout connector arrived in Edinburgh today.
      Cheers,
      J

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