On Kits, Creativity and the Kickstarter process.
As I sat here this past weekend trying to assemble 25 parts kits to go out the the $100 backers, it occurred to me that I (and a lot of... Read more
(Almost) everything's shipped out
For the $10 backers -- sorry, I don't have any badges to send you :( pytey was doing those...
For the $100 backers -- I still have 15 kits to... Read more
Chugging along with the $250 tier
No photos for this update, my living room is a mess of circuit boards and packing materials. I've sent out at least 100 OpenVizslas. The $1000 and $500 tiers should... Read more
Okay, no more delays, no more excuses -- the boards are here.
Now we're just limited by the speed at which my wife and I can test and assemble each... Read more
OV3 assembly photo gallery
George was nice enough to take some great still photos and video of OV3 boards being assembled. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Here, you can see a large... Read more
TL;DRboards are coming soon, please make sure your address is updated in Kickstarter. If you have any questions, please read the rest of this post first. I'm getting into... Read more
PCBs sent out
Our PCBs came in from Taiwan, and my wife helped me stuff about 150 of them into envelopes:
$25 and $50 backers should be receiving them any day now, feel... Read more
PCBS are here
Good news! At long last, the PCBs have arrived:
This is just the bare PCBs for the $25 and $50 backers, which will start going out this weekend (after I... Read more
We're still chugging along here; the big thing we are waiting for is for Xilinx to make us some FPGAs. They've promised to deliver then by the end of May,... Read more
back to the US
Moving right along -- most of the rewards (out of the set of 16 boards I had made in China) have gone out to the 1K backers.
I’m now working... Read more
plastic, 1K backers
Quick update tonight -- my 47lb Pololu order of laser-cut plastic for the cases arrived early. This is the set of plastic for the entire run.
This means I... Read more
The first 16 assembled boards are here!
As predicted, I had to solder a single wire to get the power supply to work (you can see a small green wire... Read more
Hi guys! Here's where we stand --
I'm having 16 boards assembled by a fab in China; the PCBs are done and they are starting on the actual assembly now.... Read more
Thank you all for your patience! Hopefully some of you have been following along on our work on the github project: https://github.com/openvizsla/ov_ftdi
The code in github is working on our five... Read more
Making progress on HDL
We're making steady progress with the HDL code for the FPGA; though we started with Verilog, at this point we're trying out Milkymist's migen -- you can see the code here!... Read more
ov3 boards are here
The ov3 bare PCBs I ordered from China arrived a couple of days ago! I ordered 10, and enough parts to hand-solder 5 of them.
I've already fully assembled one... Read more
Just a quick update to let you know I'm still working on the new PCB design. I've incorporated some of your feedback, and the board is now 4 layers (this... Read more
Ripping the band-aid off
As a bit of background -- pytey proposed we do this project a couple of years (!) ago now, and based on my experience with board layout and assembly in... Read more
Prototype daughterboards being assembled.
This is anotherbelated update, but hopefully a nice one with a few cool pictures of the latest PCBs. We've been a bit behind as we've been very busy with our... Read more
Daughter boards arrive on Friday
The sub-board that contains some of the new component choices we have made (and that forms part of a current production test) have been ordered and should be... Read more
Over the last week we have taken delivery of some components, the DIP board that was mentioned previously has now gone into prototype production.
The DIP board contains the FPGA... Read more
Just a quick hello to say that we have not fallen off the face of the Earth! :)
We are still working on the latest version of the PCB... Read more
New Year, New Captures!
We held off on a little longer than we should have done with this update, this was due to various hardware bugs that we had to fix, the bugs were... Read more
the long awaited OpenVizsla update!
We'd like to update you on the current progress of OpenVizsla.
When we started on this project, we realized that it would be an expensive and time-consuming process,... Read more
Development boards ready!
Again, we've left it a little longer between updates than we expected, but hopefully this update should make up for that :)
As mentioned in previous updates we've... Read more
Sorry about the quiet period, we've been working hard on OpenVizsla (and also with our day jobs).
We've had a few issues with the prototype PCB (codenamed 'Vita') that was... Read more
We have been busy with some non OpenVizsla issues that came about unexpectedly, these issues relate to a little talk that we gave about the Sony PS3 in Berlin, this... Read more
Yay! Prototypes being ordered!
Just a quick update to bring you up to speed on the OpenVizsla project.
We've completed the prototype design and the development prototypes are now being ordered. We hope to... Read more
Back to work!
We hope you've all had a great holiday season and that you'll have a prosperous new year.
We have been in Berlin where we attended the CCC conference but now... Read more
Yay! Success! :o)
Amazing work you guys.
We have succeeded with a total of $81,025 pledged.
We'll be requesting some info from you soon that relates to your rewards, so please keep at... Read more
16 minutes to go!
16 minutes to go and we are $378 short of $80,000 :-)
Anyone want to increase their pledge? ;)
11 hours left!
The kickstarter project is almost over!
It is still hard to believe the level of support and overall enthusiasm that you guys have shown, it has been awesome, thanks for... Read more
24 hours left!
We have a little over 24 hours left!
This Kickstarter phase of the OpenVizsla project has been a blast, 30 days have flown by, truly amazing!
We think that has... Read more
6 days to go!
At the time of writing this we have taken a total of $52,548 which is just over three timesthe amount we originally required, this is amazing and we are... Read more
Just wanted to let you guys know that we have been working on getting a Lattice Mach XO2 shoehorned into OpenVizsla - the video below is to blame.
If the... Read more
We are finalizing the details but we think we'll have a T-Shirt that we will be offering to people who have pledged in the higher tiers ($50+). Watch this space... Read more
Yay! Over $42,000!
The support and take up for OpenVizsla has been amazing so far.
The money pledged is wayabove what we thought we would be able to obtain, even the original... Read more
Fun Fun Fun!
Just a quick update to thank you all for contributing to OpenVizsla.
As you can see the money pledged going is going way over 100% which is absolutely fantastic as... Read more
This is amazing, in less than 48 hours since launch you guys have committed $8,460 to the OpenVizsla project!
The level of commitment we have seen from the backers has... Read more
$3,642 pledged in less than 10 hours
We knew that OpenVizsla is a much needed device for developers and hackers and the sheer level of pledges in such a short time proves this.
We really... Read more