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Update #25

The Digispark gets a big brother! The Digispark Pro!

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Announcing the Digispark Pro

We are very happy to announce our next project launch and a big brother to the Digispark - the Digispark Pro! 

We have listened to all the suggestions, complaints, and feedback about the Digispark and have tried to work as many improvements as possible into the Pro, while still keeping it very affordable and compatible with the existing Digispark shields!

The Digispark Pro is now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digistump/digispark-pro-tiny-arduino-ready-mobile-and-usb-de Please check it out! 

 Some of the improvements we've incorporated into the Pro:

  • More program space - the Pro has over 14kb available for user programs (16kb total)
  • USB Serial and Debugging - the Pro supports emulating a Serial USB Device - this means the Serial Monitor in the Arduino IDE can be used with it, and it can also be easily integrated using Serial communications with computers or mobile devices. It is also compatible with Firmata.
  • More i/o pins, more buses - the Pro has 14 i/o, true SPI, I2C, and UART
  • Mobile development ready - With a WiFi, Bluetooth, and BLE shield and App examples, the Pro is one of the cheapest ways to get into mobile development.
  • External Crystal for more reliable USB
  • A Reset/Program button
  • User accessible solder jumpers to disable LEDs, and other features for lower power consumption
  • Two mounting holes.  
  • Breadboard compatible pin out/spacing (the three side header pins are only for legacy shield support).
  • Compatible with Arduino IDE 1.5 (OSX/Win/Linux)  
  • Fully signed drivers and executable for easy installation

What hasn't changed?

  • It's still super affordable - $10 each at quantity (only $1 more than the Digispark) - $14 for one with US shipping. This is a special Kickstarter price - so support us now to get this price, and get special discounts on shields. 

We won't fill your inbox with too many of the details, if you're interested please check it out and consider supporting it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digistump/digispark-pro-tiny-arduino-ready-mobile-and-usb-de

If you have no interest in more of our products please excuse this message.

Thank you all again for your support  - when you supported the Digispark you helped build Digistump and made these future project possible. This is truly where it all started and we are most grateful to our original backers!

Thank you!

Erik


Update #24

Opps - sorry about the DigiX update

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I apologize for the last update - it was about the DigiX project - not the Digispark, I guess that is what I get for updating at 2am. Sorry for the update spam!

In other news the Digispark Pro is coming soon - stay tuned!

And if you are interested you can check out the DigiX here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digistump/digix-the-ultimate-arduino-compatible-board-with-w

And pre-order one, as well as check out all our new products at http://digistump.com

Thanks and again I apologize for the update in error!

Erik


Update #23

Timeline Update, MicroUSB Cables

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If you missed out on this Kickstarter but would still like to pre-order the DigiX you can do so here: http://digistump.com/digix-pre-order

Timeline Update

I mentioned in the last update - that good or bad news, I would have an update this week - well it isn't horrible news, but I won't sugar coat it either. We won't be shipping by the 15th - we should still start shipping mid-October (depending on how you define it). Here is a direct quote from the email I was sent by our factory contact, no fluff:

Level Shifters will be finished this week.  
DigiX will be finished middle of next week.

I apologize for the delay again. [Factory manager's name]'s timeline estimates are something we are trying to improve and place a heavy emphasis on.

So the good news is there are no actual production issues thus far - we seemed to have worked most of those out on the Beta run, as was the goal.

The bad news is Monday the 21st is looking like a good estimated date of starting to ship. If level shifters do arrive first we'll get those out to Beta backers who are only waiting on those, so that we have less to ship when the DigiX's arrive. We'll also continue to do all we can to pre-pack, kit, and get ready to ship as fast as possible.

Since you put your faith (and money) in me and not the factory - I too apologize for the delay, delays have once again outstripped my built-in buffers in the timeline - that is certainly my fault and I'll continue to work to minimize the delays both on my end, in my estimates, and with the partner factories I choose. 

As always - thank you all not only for your support - but for you patience and understanding about the delays common in this process!

Micro USB Cables

I don't ever want to make people pay for things they won't use - and you always pay somehow for that free cable, fancy box, etc - so the DigiX doesn't come with the oh-so-common Micro USB cable.

That said, I also hate when a store doesn't sell me everything I need to make use of something.

For that reason, and that reason alone - because the cable business isn't exactly our idea of fun - we are carrying some Micro USB cables. These are not the ultra premium gold superconductors that Best Buy would charge you $50 for (thankfully) - they are solid quality, affordable cables, perfect for getting because you need one, or just in case you need an extra, without spending more than the cost of a Digispark!

In fact we are selling them for $2.95 - you can find them here: http://digistump.com/products/86

If you want one, read this update to see how to add things to your order: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digistump/digix-the-ultimate-arduino-compatible-board-with-w/posts/562294

That's it for today - we'll post another update when the DigiX's are on the way to us, so that you'll still have a few days to add any last minute extras before we start shipping.

Thanks again for all of your support,

Erik 


Update #22

The DigiX and the Digistump.com Store

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If you missed the Kickstarter project and want to order some Digisparks - you can do so at our website: http://digistump.com

It has been nearly a year since this project started and quite some months since shipping concluded. Thank you all again for all of your support.

If you rather not hear from us, please excuse this message, we just wanted to send a final note about the next chapter of Digistump/Digispark and our new project the DigiX

The Digistump.com Store

For several months now we've been running a full fledged webstore at http://digistump.com - taking the success of the Digispark and turning it into a family open hardware business (all thanks to you - our backers!). We have great prices (not quite as great as the Kickstarter, but we've still kept them low), many new shields, and a list of other distributors. If you haven't yet - check it out! And if you're wondering where to get more Digisparks when you run out - that is the place! http://digistump.com

We'll be continuing to launch new shields, products and services (laser cutting, PCB, and stencil service coming soon).

If you haven't yet you can also go there to sign up for our Newsletter. 

In addition, if you haven't yet, please do checkout our active community forums at http://digistump.com/board and our wiki at http://digistump.com/wiki

DigiX - The Ultimate Wi-Fi Arduino Dev Board

We also want to let everyone know about our newest product, and follow-up to the Digispark - The DigiX! 

The DigiX has a 32-bit 84 MHz MCU, embedded low power Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and mesh networking, 99 usable i/o pins, audio output, USB on the go support, and is 100% compatible with anything that works with the Arduino Due - no adapters, code changes, or special software needed!

The DigiX is on Kickstarter now: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digistump/digix-the-ultimate-arduino-compatible-board-with-w?ref=digispark

And we'd be grateful for your support and/or help getting the word out!

Thank again for all the support! We hope you're enjoying your Digisparks!

Thank you,
Erik and Jenni Tylek Kettenburg - the Digistump Team


Update #21

What to do when you get your Digisparks? When will I get them?

If you missed the Kickstarter project but want to pre-order some Digisparks - you can do so at our website: http://digistump.com - click the "Pre-order Form" link. Pre-orders will ship as soon as all Kickstarter orders have shipped.


What to do when you get your Digispark?

First: Please confirm that everything you ordered was received, if anything is missing send us an email at support at digistump dot com - include your order id, order link, email address, or some way for us to find your order. As well as what you received and what you did not or what was broken. We will not respond to missing items/damaged items reports in any form besides email, we simply don't have time to chase down orders with incomplete info and try to respond through comments/posts.

Second: Go here http://digistump.com/wiki - you'll find the software, some basic tutorials for getting started as well as instructions for all of the kits! 

Third: If you have any issues, questions, etc about getting your Digispark to work, read the troubleshooting section in the getting connected article on the wiki linked above. If you still have questions please post them to our forum at: http://digistump.com/board - (and before you post read the answers already there!) that way the community can help answer questions and they will be available to help others. 

Fourth: Have fun, work on some great projects, and start thinking about sharing them! We'll soon be offering free stuff to people who post detailed tutorials, projects, etc using the Digispark - stay tuned for more on this!

When will I get my Digisparks?

Our goal is to send out 200-300 per day, and now that we have several days of packing under our belts, we think that is a realistic goal moving forward.

Why haven't we then been getting out 200-300 per day? 

Several things:

  • We've been fine tuning the process.
  • We had a snow storm that kept our family volunteer help from coming out this week.
  • And that was a blessing in disguise because the next shipment of 10k Digisparks shipped out "2 day shipping" but still won't be here until Monday at the earliest (it seems it is not a good time for shipping large boxes right now).

What we're doing to get things out ASAP:

  • Since we will easily get through all the Digisparks on hand this weekend, before the next batch comes - we spent some extra time lately on software (so you can use them when you get them) and tutorials.
  • Next week we'll have our helpers come and push out a bunch in one day, we'll continue to pack daily as well.
  • This weekend we'll ship out all the remaining Digisparks on hand, which is about 700 more packages.
  • We'll continue to refine our process in hopes of hitting our 300 a day goal.
  • The final shipment of 15k Digisparks will be here by Wednesday, so no concerns about running out again.

We truly apologize that this is going a bit slower than planned - we truly are giving it all of our efforts. We looked into fulfillment companies, but that would have left us in debt after the project. Thank you all for your continued patience, and know that we are committed to getting them to you ASAP!

So when can you expect yours? - if you look at your shipping queue postition on your order status page (if you don't have the link to your order status page go here: http://digistump.com/orders_search.php). 

Take your shipping queue position and divide it by 200 and then add 2 if the current date is before Christmas and Christmas Eve (we'll package on those days but not 200!) and that should be a *rough* estimate of when your order should leave here. So if you're #1800, probably around the 2nd.

Note: the shipping queue position is updated in real time - so if you are #1, your order is being packed next. We do deviate a bit in that we pack upcoming like orders at the same time sometimes, so I'd say the number is accurate within +/- 100 at any given time.

Please do not send us any emails asking when yours will ship - the method for estimating above is exactly what we'd use to give you an estimate, and then we're doing math instead of packing orders.

While you're waiting:

Check out the wiki: http://digistump.com/wiki

Check out the forums: http://digistump.com/board

And here is a quick rough video we made of how our shipping setup works - for all of those who asked: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlzHJ7l-XHM

Thank you all again for your continued support and patience!

We'll respond to comments and give small updates in the comments here, but this will be out last full update (as long as nothing changes) for awhile (so we can concentrate on packing and not spam those who already have their Digisparks) - so check out the comments or leave us a note in the comments if you'd like an update on anything.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

-Erik and Jenni Kettenburg "the full-time Digistump team"


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