A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Ever wanted to build your own game console? Robot remote control? May be an oscilloscope? DevBoy is what you need!
DevBoy is a great educational platform; it has a powerful MCU, a qVGA graphical display with a touchscreen, but its most important component is a useful framework and all necessary libraries with a well commented code that allow create new applications easily.
DevBoy and its components are a nice alternative to STM Nucleo and Discovery boards for software and hardware development. Even if you don't have plans to use DevBoy device for development yet, you still can get framework and libraries source code and use it - they are an open source and free.
DevBoy is ideal for creating games. See some examples below (animated images, it may take some time to load the animation):
Unique Feature: Customizable Input
Two slots for input modules have ground, 3.3V and four I/O lines connected to the MCU; two of them can be used as an analog input. So, you can create any module you want. The only limitation is your imagination. DevBoy has also extractor buttons that help easily extract input modules from slots.
Out of the box DevBoy supports buttons, encoder and joystick input modules:
It comes as a kit (not assembled) - you get a box with DevBoy mainboard, all the modules and ST-Link dongle with cable. Deluxe Edition contains also all plastic parts, screws and an L-shape hex wrench to assemble the device.
3D printed parts
If you choose a Naked Edition of DevBoy you can print a case on a 3D printer. Free 3D files are available on Thingiverse.
It is also an open source, so you can modify it as you need. All 3D models are created using OpenSCAD - the Programmers Solid 3D CAD Modeller which allows you to create parametrized 3D models.
I need your help to reach the final stages of manufacturing. I have been working on prototypes for over a year: created a prototype using a breadboard, software development, 3D models, developed a PCB, software development again and again. Now I am finally ready to state that this is a product we can produce for everyone and everyone will love it.
But this is more than just about making a product... I believe I will be able to build a strong community around ARM based devices. Arduino is a simple platform for beginners, Raspberry Pi is a complicated platform for advanced applications and there is nothing in the middle. DevBoy can definitely be a great embedded platform that can fill this position. Depending how successful campaign is I'll be able hire more developers and spend more time to upgrade the code (framework, libraries, and even games) as well as hardware (for example, an oscilloscope module for DevBoy).
Who am I?
My name is Nicolai Shlapunov
I got my first computer and started studying Basic when I was 10 years old. I have been interested in technology ever since then.
I have a huge experience in software engineering. I worked 10 years for a company producing gambling equipment (slot machines, Jack Pot systems, etc.), and in 2016 I took a decision to move to the United States - a birthplace of almost all hi-tech technologies. Here in the US I have been working in medical device production and industrial automation industries. I continuously work on staying well informed of new technologies available.
Full of new ideas I also have a lot of projects of my own, starting from small device development to home improvement. In my spare time (besides enjoying activities with my family, my wife Olga and children Nikita and Michael) I invent various things like this DevBoy project.
Risks and challenges
There are lots of risks, but without risks, there's no reward. DevBoy uses common, easy to get components that can be easily purchased in large quantities. Electronic parts manufacture for the project shouldn't be a big problem, but plastic parts production may be tricky. Mold stamps are expensive... what if the project's manufacturing overhead runs over budget?
So... in this case some rewards will be replaced:
You pledged to DevBoy Basic Edition -> You'll get two DevBoy Basic Naked Editions
You pledged to DevBoy Deluxe Edition -> You'll get two DevBoy Deluxe Naked Editions
No worries, you are always able to download files for 3D printing. You will just want to print out the plastic components and get two DevBoys instead one!