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BBox 3: Micro-controllers (Learning Electronics) (Canceled)

BBox 3 lays the foundation to a whole new world of electronics by using microcontrollers to interface modules and create 15 projects.

BBox 3: Micro-controllers (Learning Electronics) (Canceled)

BBox 3 lays the foundation to a whole new world of electronics by using microcontrollers to interface modules and create 15 projects.

£4,705
pledged of £15,000pledged of £15,000 goal
71
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 23 2019
Last updated September 23, 2019

About

BBox 1 and BBox 2 were both unique projects that were well received by the community. We continue to receive positive feedback from those who have used them to get started with electronics. Quite frankly, they weren't perfect projects but we've been learning along the way and have now used all this feedback to launch BBox 3.

By taking a practical approach to learning about microcontrollers and programming, BBox 3 opens up a whole new world when it comes to building electronic projects. We start by learning simple things like reading inputs and outputs and we quickly learn to interface different sensors, modules, displays, components by building practical projects.

The concepts we learn in BBox 3 have real-world applications and moving forward, you're pretty much limited by your imagination.

BBox 3 uses our very own microcontroller board - Piksey Nano - which is based on the Arduino platform. This allows us to reuse a lot of existing code to quickly get started with projects without having to deal with highly technical concepts. 

Most of the projects we will be building in BBox 3 use pre-existing code or libraries and here are some of the projects we will be working on:

Accelerometer based level meter
RTC based digital clock
Basic game using a character LCD game
Generating patterns on the 8x8 LED blob
Tone generator using capacitive touch buttons
Pong on an OLED module
RFID based access system
RGB blob LED control
Simon says game
Temperature and humidity monitor
Piksey Nano

We will be using the Arduino IDE for programming and this gives us access to a lot of existing libraries to quickly get started. We will be creating a programming video series for those who are not familiar with microcontroller programming, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified when it launches.

A glimpse at some of the modules contained in BBox 3

BBox 3 contains everything you need to get started with the exception of CR2025 batteries for the remote control and RTC module. We've tried to include numerous off-the-shelf modules to help diversify the range of projects/capabilities but we've also had to keep the cost low and accessible for all.

A glimpse at the blobs contained in BBox 3

In addition to the modules, we've also designed some PCBs that we call "Blobs". These are compact modules that act as building blocks for electronics. BBox 3 contains six different blobs which we will be using in the projects.

Apart from the modules and blobs, BBox 3 also contains a breadboard, jumper wire set along with miscellaneous components like resistors, capacitors, LEDs, tactile switches, LDRs, speakers, tilt switches which we will be using in the projects.

Having fulfilled both our previous campaigns, we don't have any major concerns in fulfiling this one. Since we are close to the holiday season, we cannot promise to deliver all rewards before the holidays begin, which is why we've set the delivery dates to January 2020.

However, we are aiming to deliver the first 200 pledges (irrespective of reward level) before the holidays begin and we will try to dispatch the remaining as early as possible but keep in mind that there is a surge in postal orders which could lead to a delay in receiving orders. We will try our best to fulfil the rewards well before the deadline. 

US and EU orders will be fulfilled by Amazon, this means that you can expect a great delivery service and our US customers will not have to worry about customs duty. UK and other international orders will be fulfilled by Royal Mail.

BBox 3 opens a whole new world of possibilities and we do have plans to release more boxes in the coming months. It's not easy building, testing and shipping hardware products when you're a very small team and we've been doing this not for the money but because we genuinely love electronics and technology in general. 

We've launched all our products with razor-thin margins to make it affordable for as many as possible. So far, your help and support have been excellent and we hope you will continue to support us not only by purchasing products that you find interesting but by supporting us on social media. 

We've decided to put a little more effort into our YouTube channel and focus a bit more time on DIY builds, now that BBox3 has launched. We do have something very exciting planned for next year which is going to take things to a whole new level. We will package it as BBox 4 but it's going to be something totally different and very interesting. As much as we look forward to launching that, we know it's only going to be possible with your help and support, so please do consider subscribing to our YouTube channel at the very least, as we will be releasing a lot more content that will most likely be of interest to you. Thank you for your support.

Risks and challenges

We've minimized all known risks that are associated with this campaign by putting in place redundant processes.

Our PCBs and modules are manufactured by suppliers from far -east and this allows us to lower costs. Recently, there have been disturbances in Hong-Kong which has resulted in our shipments being delayed by a few weeks in the past. We have added an additional buffer to the time-frames and we have also re-routed subsequent shipments, but these kind of things are beyond our control. Either way, we promise to release timely updates to keep everyone notified.

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