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The micro-sized, Arduino enabled, usb development board - cheap enough to leave in any project!
The micro-sized, Arduino enabled, usb development board - cheap enough to leave in any project!
The micro-sized, Arduino enabled, usb development board - cheap enough to leave in any project!
5,964 backers pledged $313,218 to help bring this project to life.

Lots of pictures, updates, and some reminders

Note: If you rather not receive an email each time we make an update - go to the "Me" menu on kickstarter -> Edit Settings -> Notifications and un-check this project. We will send out updates as frequently as we have new information to share, this is what most backers have requested, but we don't want anyone to feel like they are getting spammed with our updates either!

Reminders!

If you have not filled out the kickstarter survey with your Name, Address, and Email Address - please do so! If you have not filled it out by the end of this week your order will go to the back of the queue, because we can not begin to process your order until you do that. 

If you did fill out the survey but have not received the "Action Required" email - let us know (support at digistump dot com)! This email contains your order status link, which will allow you to re-enter your extras. If you paid for extras and have not re-entered them by the end of the week your order will go to the back of the queue, because we can not begin to process your order until you do that.

If you received the "Action Required" email and did not order/pay for any extras - you're all set!

If you received the "Action Required" email and paid for extras as part of your pledge but did not re-enter them after receiving that email please do so now. If you do not re-enter them by the end of the week your order will go to the back of the queue, because we can not begin to process your order until you do that.

If you received the "Action Required" email and paid for extras as part of your pledge and have re-entered your extras, you're all set - thank you! You can confirm this by going to your order status link from that email. If you are presented with a list of items you ordered under the heading "Your order will contain the following items:" you're all set and that list is exactly what we will ship to you, nothing more, nothing less.

As always feel free to email us with any questions about your order (support at digistump dot com) - thanks!

Timeline Update

Our parts orders are in, right before we got them in someone ordered nearly all the ATTINY85s in North America - but we got creative with sourcing them (they are still coming from Atmel certified sellers) and paid a bit more for production to ensure we can still start shipping in November.

Our final order quantity was 30,000 units (about 6,000 more than we need for kickstarter orders, the original goal order was 500!) - due to the size of the order, even after paying a bit more for a faster turn time, production will take a few more weeks then we originally thought. What does that mean? It means we should have them in our hands mid-November and we'll start shipping right away and ship them out as fast as we can! 

The one sacrifice we had to make was on board colors - we ended up with black soldermask with white silkscreen, matching the shields. The Kickstarter boards will still have a special silkscreen with a url going to a list of all backers, but will not be white soldermask with green silkscreen. We felt this change was worth ensuring we can ship in a timely manner. The LEDs will be green, that was the only color we were able to source in sufficient quantity at the right forward current. 

Once we start shipping we'll be able to project when your shipment will go out and we'll let you know how many orders are ahead of you, you'll be able to see all of that on your order status page once we start shipping.

We'll ship in roughly this order (we reserve the right to change it for efficiency as we go):

  • Early adopters first.
  • Everyone who paid, filled out the survey, and confirmed their order in a timely manner (pretty much everyone) - these will be filled in the order of pledges except that we'll group together international and US orders (i.e. the next 500 US orders one day, the next 500 international the next day).
  • Anyone who has yet to confirm their order and non Kickstarter pre-orders.

We'll keep everyone updated on the production. 

  • In addition we've ordered nearly all the parts for the kits, just waiting on a few responses for a few parts orders.
  • Shield PCBs will be ordered in a few weeks as they only take about a week. 
  • We'll start cutting cases as soon as we get them right, likely in a few weeks.

Now for some photos and more general updates:

The Laser Cutter has arrived!

There it is - the laser cutter for cutting the cases.

We got our laser cutter (from Full Spectrum Laser) and we are very pleased. We still need to fine tune the alignment of the mirrors before we start cutting some more case prototypes, we'll get to that next week.

Breadboard Compatible!

Here is a shot of one of the final board prototypes (the production one will be a different color of course) plugged into a breadboard - we just wanted to show everyone that the final design is compatible with breadboards as promised. 

Test Jigs!

Here is a shot of one of the final test jigs - it piggybacks on an Arduino (or a Seeeduino in this picture) - this one hasn't had the components soldered on yet, we'll be doing that this weekend. It will use pogo pins for the test bed and test each i/o line. The LEDs to the left will show which i/o line caused the failure if a board fails the tests. When I have a chance I'll give more details on how it all works.

Final Shield PCB Prototypes

From left to right:
Top row: SMT Proto, RGB, LCD, MOSFET, RFM12B
Middle: Breakout A, Breakout B, EEPROM, Relay, Port Expander
Bottom: Motor, Thru Hole Proto, Boost, Infrared, Charlieplex

We received the final shield prototypes and everything is looking good. The production run will be in black on white, and we have a few silkscreens to clean up (like on the charlieplex shield).

We used a semi-local PCB house for these and the test jigs - Bay Area Circuits. Specifically their Golden Gate Special offering - which is pretty unique in that we were able to run all of these designs on a single panel for $300 and the quality and turn time was guaranteed. We'll be using their service for future prototype runs quite frequently! If you can manage to use over 300 sq in of PCB - check them out - their customer service is as awesome as well!

MicroSD Shield PCB Giveaway

We ran some prototype MicroSD shield PCBs in our last panel, and we're going to give away 20 of them. These are untested, but we believe they'll work, since we won't be testing them until after Kickstarter orders ship we make no guarantees of anything and so we are just going to give some away!

We'll sell the PCBs after we have a chance to test them well, and we'll release the board layouts as well.

To enter to get an untested MicroSD PCB added to your order you must fill out the form here:

This drawing has closed - the 20 people selected will receive a shield in their order.

by Sept 27th 9pm Pacific Time with your Name, Email, and Order ID - you can find your Order ID on the order status page, which you can get to from the link in the email we sent to confirm your order. The Order ID is listed at the top of the page. We'll randomly select 20 entries to receive them and you'll know you got one if it shows up in your order!

Legal Stuff: One entry per backer. Contest void where prohibited by law.

Stickers are here!

There they are! Each order will get one or two of each, and we'll do our best to throw in extras for big/group orders.

Thanks again to John Mars for the artwork!

RGB Nightlight!

Finally - Here is a little quick project we made with an RGB shield and one of the prototype cases - excuse the tissue over the LED, it is just to diffuse the colors further. We are doing our best to ensure the kits come with diffused LEDs.

The Digispark is being powered by a USB wall adapter - our favorite way to power them!

Once again - thank you all, as always feel free to email us with any questions about your order (support at digistump dot com) - thanks!

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    1. Erik Kettenburg 6-time creator on October 10, 2012

      For those waiting for an update - still waiting on the factory for the final ship date, we are trying to push them to give it to us ASAP. We;ll put an update out by Friday regardless, but we are expecting to have it before then.

      @John - you can change your address at any time of the order status page, we will have more accurate shipping projections in our next update.

    2. John McCormick on October 8, 2012

      Thanks. I will likely be living in a hotel at that time and unable to receive mail. House builders are delayed and not giving us updates on the move in date anymore.

    3. Erik Kettenburg 6-time creator on October 8, 2012

      @John - they will not ship before Nov 5th, they will begin to ship around mid November - we will have an update in the next few days when we get our firm shipping date from the factory.

    4. John McCormick on October 6, 2012

      Will these ship before Nov 5th? I ask because I am moving on that day and will be in mail receiving limbo for a week to three weeks from that point.

      Looking forward to receiving the item and giving it a whirl.

    5. Erik Kettenburg 6-time creator on October 5, 2012

      @helder - see my response in the main comment thread

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      helder on October 2, 2012

      Hi Eric, just a thought since one of these days you will start to ship, regarding to INTERNATIONAL shipment please consider to send it via normal courier and not UPS, since from my experience on other kickstarter projects i backed if you send it through UPS we will get charged big fees, not just custom taxes and so on.., and it seems at end of the day we pay twice the price of my pledge as in normal circumstances we should pay around 23% of taxes.... i think this way you will please lots of other INTERNATIONAL members like me heheh

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      Dennis Schweer on September 26, 2012

      @Erik: That sounds great!!!!

    8. Erik Kettenburg 6-time creator on September 21, 2012

      I'm pleased to say that we have ordered the diffused RGB LEDs, 6,500 of them!

    9. Agustin M. Sevilla III on September 21, 2012

      You can use some Shapelock to create a diffuser in some interesting shapes as well! Great update, everything looks great!

    10. Hamish Mead on September 21, 2012

      A ping-pong ball works great as an LED diffuser too. (Thanks to John Honiball at Cheltenham Geeks inaugural meet last night.) @Dennis Schweer - CE = Chinese Export - looks good and proper to me :D

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      Mike on September 21, 2012

      Plugging into a breadboard looks like an ideal way to hold everything in the right place when soldering in the pins. Getting excited about all the fun things I'm thinking of doing with my 'sparks now :)

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      Dennis Schweer on September 21, 2012

      I hope you will have the correct CE mark on your final digisparks and NOT that "logo" we can see on the breadboard picture!

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      Tyler Bures on September 20, 2012

      I'm having the same problem Zak is, could I have a message too please Mr. Kettenburg?

    14. Erik Kettenburg 6-time creator on September 20, 2012

      Zak - sent you the link via kickstarter message

    15. Zak Zebrowski on September 20, 2012

      Hmmm. I've misplaced the confirmation email that I received... could you resend it so I can enter the contest? (Insert the sound of me doing a dope slap against my forehead...)

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      John Beale on September 20, 2012

      You could stick the LED into a block of PTFE (Teflon) or similar material for volume diffusion. Maybe there's even a translucent paint you could dip into and coat it (nail polish?)

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      Richard NL on September 20, 2012

      Thankfully, a clear LED is turned diffuse pretty easily with a minute of one's time and some sandpaper :)
      ( If you're actually referring to a translucent / 'milky' body type, that's not so easily replicated. )

    18. Erik Kettenburg 6-time creator on September 20, 2012

      @Patrick - I'm tempted to say we're doing diffused for sure, but until I have them in my hand and they are of acceptable quality I won't say that - but we have a supplier and are awaiting the sample batch.

    19. Patrick Friedel on September 20, 2012

      I can't recommend the diffused RGB LEDs enough - I've been fiddling around with a stack of a hundred of them off of eBay and they're just absolutely gorgeous. I still need to make the fiddly jig work to assemble a cube of them one of these days.