ExtraCore V2 in Pre-order store
Thanks to you Kickstarters ExtraCore V1 was a success. Now it's sold out and I need to make more. I've upgraded the design with a built in power regulator.
ExtraCore... Read more
Robotic Minion retail sales begin today
I got a limited number of extra Robotic Minions made and they are now for sale at https://tindie.com/shops/dustinandrews/robotic-minion-starter-kit/ for $60+shipping.
Robotic Minion is sort of on the opposite end of... Read more
How does ExtraCore compare to Digispark?
Some poeple have asked how the platforms compare.I've writting a detailed blog post about the differences.
Bottom line: Both are great platforms. Digispark is perfect for simple projects. ExtraCore is... Read more
Robotic Minion has 14 days to go, New ExtraCore designs
The Robotic Minion Starter Kit (Arduino Compatible) Kickstarter project is in the final stretch with 14 days to go. We have... Read more
I finally recovered enough from Maker Faire to post an Instructable for the new Robotic Minion Kickstarter.
You can learn how to build your own here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-custom-Arduino-compatible/
My brother and I went to our first ever Maker Faire this year. I am just wondering why we didn't go before. We got to see and play Tim Malcom's... Read more
New Kickstarter project launched
Thanks again for being part of the ExtraCore Kickstarter. I hope you are enjoying your boards. I know at least a couple of them ended up in projects... Read more
Another new Instructable
I am added another Instructable on how I make stuff. This time it's my home PCB fabrication process. I found some good tricks for doing toner transfer and... Read more
New instructable from me
I'm working on a new Arduino compatible platform. More about that in a later update. In the meantime here is a little Instructable about how to make an IR proximity... Read more
Rugged Circuits now has bulk discounts For ExtraCore
How do you like your ExtraCore boards? Does anyone have a cool project? I'd love to put your photos up on the Instructable.
On October first... Read more
Instrucable Update - The dangerous way to program your board.
Some people have been asking about how to program the ExtraCore. The short, easy answer is get this chip http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9716. I use it all the time and it's safe and... Read more
Boards are now for sale to the general public
First kits to ship November 14th.
I believe 100% of the boards have been shipped. The kits are set to ship starting November 14th. So if you get a package from Rugged Circuits before then, it's... Read more
IFX25001 power regulator bonus
In order to save space and increase flexibility for projects the ExtraCore doesn't have an on board power regulator. That means you have to provide 5v exactly to the power... Read more
Important Note for those who get the kits.
There are layout differences between the shipped kits and the instructable
The layout on Instructables is different than the 0805 sized kit from rugged circuits. The components should... Read more
ExtraCores start shipping November 1. No ETA on how long the whole batch will take. Once that's is done more will be on sale at RuggedCircuits.com.
The manufacturer sent me a short video from a phone of a program running on the first board back from assembly. It's a tiny bit hard to see, but the... Read more
Update from the Manufacterer
"Everything is moving along smoothly. Your PCB's arrived yesterday and all the parts are here, so they are all now into assembly. We're going to build up 1 panel for... Read more
Shipping Estimated to start around the end of October
The ExtraCores and Kits are in the pipeline. Rugged Circuits has agreed to handle the manufacturing and shipping. They estimate shipping will begin around the end of October.
A couple... Read more
Good news everybody!
If I was Prof. Farnsworth I would, yet again, be sending you to your probable doom. My mad science hasn't reached that level yet. This is actual good news. The... Read more
$8,136 pledged of $7,200 goal
30 days and 162 backers after the start of this project, we are successful. I can't express how pleased I am to have so many new friends who share my... Read more
1 day to go, $246 left to raise!
We got a blog post on Make! http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/09/extracore-arduino-compatible.html
While that's really great, it may have come too late the save the project by itself. The blue dotted line is my... Read more
3 days left. $1,846 to go.
I am really please with how well the project has gone until now. It's still anybodies guess if the project will make it. If we don't we will have come... Read more
5 days left. 71% funded (13% behind)
In the last 24 hours the backer rate has picked up, but we still need to increase the incoming rate a bit to make it. Thanks to everyone who did... Read more
6 days left. 66% funded (14% behind)
ExtraCore in Action
Thanks everyone for your efforts to help this project. Since yesterday we have several new backers and Yury Gitman claimed one of two $500 rewards. The... Read more
7 days to go! 54% funded. (23% behind.)
With only seven days to go the project is behind. Despite getting off to a fantastic start and getting good press things are looking too close for comfort.
The bad... Read more
Giving away one prototype to the best project
After yesterdays post we got a clear uptick in backers. That's super. When I asked people how they heard of the project, they said "Word of mouth." That means you... Read more
Spark Fun gives us some love
Last week the project got a mention on Spark Fun's blog. This was really cool and I am glad they liked the project. I used a lot of stuff and... Read more
Longing for the sea
Since I started this project a handful of people have asked me why I picked the non-commercial license. The honest answer is short. I was hedging my bets and keeping... Read more
Keepin' on keepin' on
We are starting to enter the doldrums, but I believe that Kickstarter projects can gain a lot of momentum when time is close to running out.
If you get a... Read more
A little kick, please
As of 8/17 the Kickstarter project is at 29.6% funded and 30% of the way to the deadline. We will make it. Probably.
It won't hurt to give it a... Read more
Thanks for the great start!
I am really excited about this project and I want everyone to get boards as soon as possible. Since funding is going really well on Kickstarter I want to try... Read more