Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 19, 2012.

Update #13

Prototype Status

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the late update here -- I received the new boards last week and put together the new prototype!  The delay is that I did have some trouble with the new boards as there were a couple errors in the layout, so all my spare time has gone toward working on it.  I've now finally got it working, and have made the corresponding changes to the design.  I'm testing all the fixes as I go (by physically making the changes to the hardware), so I can be more confident of the next boards fully working.  Now that I've got the basic hardware working, I just need to finish porting the firmware to the new MCU (which so far is very nice!).  The built-in USB interface works great, now that I figured how to get the boot loader working and all (that was another delay this week).  Once I'm confident I've got all the bugs worked out of the hardware, I'll order the 25 prototype boards, which, if all is well, will be the ones shipping for the early prototype backers.

By Wednesday I should have the code ported and running, so I'll try to post another update with the results later this week.

What this means in terms of timing is that the prototype probably won't ship until the end of March, which is slightly behind schedule, but the final product is still on track.  I've got a factory lined up for producing the final product and will be meeting with them next week to go over the details.

Thanks again for the support!

Elijah

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      Creator peenak inamdar on March 4, 2012

      +1 on Peter's comment. As a backer I'm much more interested in quality over keeping to an estimated timeline.

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      Creator T Sira on March 2, 2012

      Just wanted to comment, thanks for the regular updates. Some projects can go for a month, easily without hearing anything.

      As for the timings, @Peter nailed it with his comment

      Looking forward to it!

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      Creator Peter Brophy on February 28, 2012

      +1 on the comments here re:stability and robustness over speed - I'd much rather you slip some time and miss a deadline if it means sorting something out...and you seem to be completely in sync on this too so all sounds good !

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      Creator Stephen Holinaty on February 28, 2012

      The best response I can give is, Thank you for being so awesome with the updates. It always instills confidence in a project when the person responsible keeps you informed every step of the way. Best of luck!

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      Creator Ben Chubak on February 27, 2012

      Just to be sure, you haven't sent out the shipping surveys yet, right? Also, I agree with everyone else, take your time, we won't form and angry mob that easily hah.

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      Creator Elijah Parker on February 27, 2012

      Yeah, don't worry -- quality is most important! I'll be sure to have a solid design shipping. Thanks!

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      Creator Shawn on February 27, 2012

      Would I rather have a rushed project that may have bugs in it or a slightly delayed project that is flawless? I'm sure everyone would be perfectly happy receiving a perfect product anytime this year. Keep up the good work Elijah!

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      Creator Bill Palladino on February 27, 2012

      Elijah: Take your time please. I fund projects because I believe in the idea. Sometimes ideas take time to evolve fully. Thanks for the hard work.

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      Creator Elijah Parker on February 27, 2012

      Ron,

      I'm using some basic DRCs in Eagle, as well as naming all routes so I can check things more easily (I'll know if I accidentally connect one route to another). One of the errors was simply that I had missed a couple routes in the schematic, and the other was that I didn't realize that the bluetooth module communicates only by UART and not SPI (it has pins for both, but the AT commands only work via the UART -- this wasn't clear until I received the full documentation from the manufacturer). So i fixed those things manually and have made the corresponding changes to the schematic.

      And yes, despite doing all I can to keep it on schedule, the number-one priority is a robust and well-engineered product.

      Thanks!

      Elijah

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      Creator Michael Jackson on February 27, 2012

      Fully support this. I'ld rather have a unit that works perfectly for years to come - rather than something that isn't perfect. Waiting a bit for perfection never hurt.

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      Creator Ronald Yara on February 27, 2012

      Hi Elijah,

      Its always a challenge to do layout verification so that these mistakes and delays are minimized. What verification tools do you use to verify your logic versus layout, as well as design rule/layout rule checks?

      One last comment: now that you have successfully raised the money to complete the project, you should avoid the pressure of rushing things just to meet the schedule. There are no short-cuts to good engineering

      Ron

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