ProtoLeap, the new and exciting way to easily learn electronics!
Many of us grew up with the passion to design and create but are hindered by the problems that arise. In the modern day, almost all projects require some electrical hardware design. Prototyping electronic hardware designs is still very challenging and the problem for many people is where and how to start. ProtoLeap Starter is the solution.
ProtoLeap Starter was designed with the collaboration of our engineers to be the all-in-one solution for any hardware/software design. While the commonly used breadboard is useful in prototyping, there are some evident drawbacks. When discussing what is missing from the breadboard, a couple essentials were identified. First, the need for a power source must be addressed. Second, the ability to use surface mount components is crucial for many projects (many new IC's only come in SMD packages).
The ProtoLeap Starter comes with 2 power rails (5V and 3.3V). This provides your components easy access to power. The design of the ProtoLeap Starter also contains commonly used surface mount footprints in the center of the board. This will allow you to use surface mount parts which you otherwise could not with a breadboard.
The goal for this product is to create a network of students, hobbyists, and professionals who thoroughly enjoy hardware/software design projects. All code, schematics, and bill of materials for any projects created using this board will be Open Source and freely available to the public. Our team were all once students, who became hobbyists, and now are professional electronic designers. We will keep working on new open source projects for years to come! We invite all of YOU to join us and start creating your design ideas.
- Light Sensor
- Temperature Sensor
- Dual Character 7-Segment Display
- DC Motor Control
- Multi-board application
All the above projects will be delivered as part of our deliverables in this campaign.
This list is realistically never ending, but we want to share the projects we have identified as extremely enjoyable, creative, or essential.
- Expandable 8x16 LED Display board
- 8x8x8 LED Cube
- Weather Station - using temperature, air pressure, humidity, light sensor, wind speed
- PC Controlled Power Supply - 2-20V, up to 2A!
- Frequency Counter
- Waveform Generator
- Signal Generator
Our team consists of seven very dedicated, project loving individuals. Our day to day lives consist of working as electronic engineers, which closely ties to our passion of hardware and software creation. The time spent on prototyping every new project has slowed us down over the years. It has even discouraged us from trying new designs due to the overhead time required for the setup. One day we realized that the time spent on making a product which would take care of the overhead for us was worth the effort and time. Since then we started working on the ProtoLeap.
Due to our experience in the industry we have great confidence in our board designs, manufacturing capabilities, and product shipment. The design of the board has been thoroughly tested and proven to work for all specifications provided. We have been working with the same PCB manufacturer for years and have built up a great deal of respect and confidence with them. They provide us with the extremely high quality boards and at a very fast pace. Due to our professions we have also packaged and shipped plenty of products.
With your support, we will be able to manufacture the ProtoLeap Starter as well as buy components used for manufacturing in bulk. This will reduce the cost of the ProtoLeap Starter so we can reduce the cost of your project. With help of the ProtoLeap Starter your inventions can easily come to life!
Risks and challenges
Every project faces risks and challenges which could potentially stop it from being successful. Since we have already designed and developed most of our projects, there is no risk in design work. But there is always a risk of delay in manufacturing and shipping in case we run into shortage of parts.Every ProtoBoard and ProtoLeap starter must be manufactured, assembled, and tested before we can sign-off on them. Any small imperfection is considered unacceptable to us. This means any small manufacturing problem would require time to correct. To deal with this we have been in contact with a very high quality and reliable PCB manufacturer and component placement company.
If there are any concerns you wish to discuss, please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you immediately!
If you found our project interesting and would like to support us, choose a reward level and join our ProtoTeam! Thanks in advance for your support!
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