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Update #24

Final boards shipping / 1 Year Anniversary

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I'm happy to finally announce that the final boards that were part of the Kickstarter are now shipping - these are the WiFi, GPS and Ethernet TInyShields.  Once again I apologize for how long this has taken, there were some major challenges with these boards and we had to go through a few revisions to get them working great (namely the GPS and WiFi antenna tuning).  We've been doing a lot of testing with these, and the GPS and WiFi in particular are a lot of fun :)  We think you'll love to start playing with these. 

We've just shipped about 30 orders today that were waiting on GPS and WiFi boards, tomorrow a number of the Ethernet boards will start shipping.  We have some additional boards to build up later this week, but we anticipate being able to complete all of the outstanding orders that have been waiting on these in the next two weeks.

WiFi Price Refund

As we announced a few updates ago, we changed the WiFi chipset that was originally used from a Redpine module to a TI CC3000, which is much cheaper (and more flexible).  Because of this, the list price for the TinyShield WiFi has dropped to $59.95 from $89.95, so anyone who chose to receive a WiFi board will be receiving a $30 coupon (per board ordered) off future products on our webstore.  These coupons will be emailed out within the next two weeks. 

We're in MAKE Magazine!

And on the cover!  We're happy to be part of the Boards issue of MAKE Magazine, where they compare a number of different boards (like Arduino's, Raspberry Pi's, etc), and there is a small section about shrinking your projects that discusses the TinyDuino and the Digispark from our buddies over at Digistump. 

There is also a small project blurb of a project I made a few months ago to start testing the GPS TinyShield, which was to create a GPS Tracking collar for my cat.  This may (hopefully) be featured in a future edition of MAKE, with detailed instructions on how to make it.  Read more at: Make

TinyDuino GPS Cat Tracker
TinyDuino GPS Cat Tracker

1 Year Kickstarter Anniversary

On Wednesday Oct 16th, it will officially be 1 year since the completion of the TinyDuino Kickstarter campaign.  I can't thank you enough for the support you given me and TinyCircuits, which has now grown to 6 employees thanks to your Kickstarter support. 

It's been quite a year, this time last Oct I was still just working out spare bedroom in my house, and now we have a full 3000 sq ft design and production facility in place here in Akron, Ohio, with eyes on expanding to more space in the next few months. 

There have definitely been hurdles, some design and production delays (I swear I would never have believed we still be shipping boards a year after), but the lessons learned over the last year have put us in a place where I'm sure we'll be able to be successful in the future. 

Thank you again for your support and being a member of the TinyCircuits family - if you're ever in Akron, please stop by and check the place out that you helped to build. 

Ken


Update #23

Shipping Update / Open House

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We've shipped out the Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy boards and the orders that were being held up by these (although there are about 5 more that will go out in the next couple days).  As of today, there are 78 backers orders that still need to go out, and 31 more that split their order and are waiting on the final stretch goal boards.

We do have extra stock of the Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy boards that will be going up on the webstore in the next week, along with detailed directions and better examples of how to use these boards.

The Final Stretch

As mentioned in the last update, we made some WiFi and GPS board change - we've been working with a set of boards that arrived after this update but they had a few issues.  We fixed these on the prototype boards, but decided to spin a new PCB to incorporate these fixes to make for a nice clean production version of these boards.  These final production ready boards are due to be received by us near the end of next week, then we'll perform the assembly and final test to get these out.  The Ethernet board is also part of this final PCB order.

As of now, we expect that these will be shipping within two weeks after this, and hopefully (fingers crossed), we'll be able to get the final few orders wrapped up at that time.

Thanks again for your patience with this for those of you who are still waiting. 

TinyCircuits Open House

We're very excited to announce that Dale Dougherty, President/CEO of Maker Media, the company that runs Make Magazine, Maker Faire and the Maker Shed, will be visiting the TinyCircuits offices on Wed Aug 21st from 3 to 8PM.  Dale has asked us to invite local makers to participate, so we've put together the first TinyCircuits Open House, which is free and open to the public. 

I realize this is rather late notice (since it starts in about 16 hours from now as I write this), but we just got confirmation from Dale a few days ago - if you're in the Akron / Cleveland area, please feel free to stop on by.  Meet with Dale, the TinyCircuits crew, area Makers / DIY enthusiasts and local tech entrepreneurs, and take a tour of the facilities and see live demos of the products being manufactured by our robotic assembly line.

For more information, check out this following link:  http://tinycircuits.eventbrite.com/

Thanks again!

Ken


Update #22

Stretch Goal Board Update

We've shipped out an additional 100+ Kickstarter orders over the past two weeks - these were orders that were being held up by the Accelerometer TinyShield, Motor x4 TinyShields and the microSD Adapter TinyShields.  As of today, there are 128 Kickstarter backers orders that still need to go out that are being held up by the other stretch goal boards (like the WiFi, GPS, etc).

Most of these boards are being built up later this week (the GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy) and we plan to start shipping these out in the next two weeks.  The Ethernet board is still a little more delayed, and will be a week or two after those.

WiFi and GPS Board Changes

We've had to make two board changes, one for the GPS and one for the WiFi.  

GPS

Originally the GPS TinyShield had a Wi2Wi GPS module on it, however this has proven to be a major issue getting enough of them as they are going through a design change.  So we've redesigned the board to use a Telix JF2 GPS module, which is still based of the same SiRFstar IV chipset and has pretty much identical specs and price.

WiFi

For the WiFi, it's a slightly bigger change.  We've decided to switch away from the Redpine WiFi module for a few reasons.  One is the price of this module - which is very high, resulting in our WiFi module being very expensive.  The next reason is that the size is still pretty large, with the additional components on it that are needed with this module, the size for this TinyShield became larger than we thought most backers would like.  A final reason is the lack of FCC certifications due to the need to put down our own antenna.

So we've changed to the TI CC3000 WiFi module.  This is the same module that is used on the very popular Spark Core project that just wrapped up on Kickstarter last month.  This module has several benefits, including great functionality, includes modular FCC / CE approvals, and is much, much more cost effective.

Because of this, we plan to lower the price of the WiFi TinyShield to $59.95 for the near future, and hope to get volumes high enough to lower it under $50.  

Because of this price reduction, anyone that paid for the WiFi TinyShield during the Kickstarter (where we listed it at $89.95) will receive a $35 coupon for a future purchase at the TinyCircuits webstore.  These coupons will go out when we send out the WIFi TinyShields to you.  Or if you'd prefer, we can refund you the extra $30 via PayPal, just send me an email at kburns@tiny-circuits.com to request this instead of the coupon.  

Webstore

We're happy to announce that the accelerometer TinyShields, Motor x4 TinyShields, and the microSD Adapter TinyShields are now available for regular purchase on our webstore at Tiny-Circuits.com.  So if you missed out getting these as part of your Kickstarter order, you now have the chance to get some.

Tutorials / Instructions

We're putting effort into creating much more indepth instructions and tutorials on our website.  Four new tutorials went up over the weekend on using the TinyLily motor board, the Accelerometer TInyShield, the microSD Adapter TinyShield and the Motor x4 TinyShield.  You can find these under the Learn section of our website at: http://tiny-circuits.com/learn/

We'll be expanding this quite a bit over the next month to add more examples, with pictures and videos.  Please let us know any suggestions on how to make this better, and please contribute your projects and ideas at the TinyCircuits forum.

New Product Announcements 

After all of the Kicsktarter orders are out (hopefully by mid July), we'll be making some major new product announcements at the Detroit Maker Faire.  A number of these are things you've requested (9-axis IMU, many more proto board options - stacking proto boards anyone?), along with some other ones that are a bit unexpected  In total, we plan on announcing over 10 new boards that will be available for the TinyDuino and TinyLily families.  

If you're planning on going to Maker Faire in Detroit (July 27-28th), please be sure to stop by and check out the TinyCircuits booth and say hi.  

Thanks!

Ken


Update #21 - For backers only

Private Webstore Launch

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Update #20

Shipping Update

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As of today, we've shipped all the orders that we can until the stretch goal boards are ready.  Any order that didn't include stretch goal boards has been shipped, and any order that had stretch goal boards on their order but requested the shipping to be split have also been sent. 

NOTE: There is one exception to this - if you made a special request for a 16MHz option for your TinyDuino, these will be ready later this week. 

If you have not received a shipping notification and believe that your order should have been already sent (meaning you didn't have a stretch goal board on it, or you requested the order be split into two shipments), please send me a message here on Kickstarter or send me an email at kburns@tiny-circuits.com

Stretch Goal Boards Delayed (still)

Unfortunately, we had some issues with getting the stretch goal boards made, the current schedule is that the first four stretch goal boards (the accelerometer TinyShield, the microSD TinyShield, the motor x4 TinyShield and the GPS TinyShield) will be built up in volume next week, then start to hopefully ship out the week after that. The remaining stretch goal boards (the Bluetooth TinyShield, the Bluetooth Low Energy TinyShield, the WiFi TInyShield, and the Ethernet TinyShield) should be 1 - 2 weeks after that.

When we start to ship these out, we'll make another update on Kickstarter.

Order Splitting

If you have stretch goal boards on your order, you can get the rest of your order that is ready to ship right away by requesting that we split the order into two shipments.  Just message me here on Kickstarter or send me an email at kburns@tiny-circuits.com requesting that your order to be split.  There is no additional cost to split your order, we'll pay the additional shipping charges at our expense because of the inconvenienceto you.

Quit my (real) job!

As I've mentioned on here before, I've been working a full-time day job at an engineering consulting company in addition to working on TinyCircuits, but that all changed as of last Friday!  So instead of working 40 hours per week there, and 70 hours per week at TinyCircuits, now I can commit all 110 hours per week to TinyCircuits!  And maybe even get it down to 100 hours per week after things get going :). 

I worked at AVID for 10 years, and it's a great company with incredible engineering talent, and I learned a tremendous amount there.  They were very understanding through this whole Kickstarter endeavor and an incredible place to work.

Webstore Launch

As mentioned before, we've been holding back on launching the webstore until we got through the Kickstarter orders.  On top of all the Kickstarter orders, we've also made a few hundred extra of each board that we'll use to start up the store.

Since we're still waiting on the stretch boards to finish off the rest of the Kickstarter orders, we're planning on doing a special private opening of the webstore to only Kickstarter backers, so you'll have the first chance to purchase additional boards that are available.

This special webstore launch is planned to happen mid next week, and we'll send you more details when we open the store. 

NOTE: The inventory at the store is in addition to inventory we have set aside for the normal Kickstarter orders.  If you are still waiting on your order because of stretch goal boards, you can always request to split your order into two shipments and get your available items shipped immediately. 

Can I get a refund?

Yes, any backer can get a refund for any items that haven't shipped yet, and if they have shipped you can return any unused item for a full refund. Just contact me directly at kburns@tiny-circuits.com and we can refund you via Amazon Payments or PayPal.

What if my boards have a problem?

Please contact me directly at kburns@tiny-circuits.com and we'll get it replaced immediately at our cost. 

User Projects

Please keep sending me anything you make with your TinyDuino or TinyLily, we love to see your projects and share them with all the other Kickstarter backers.  Here are a few projects that some Kickstarter backers came up with last month:

Scott Austin made a Tiny 3x3x3 LED Cube for the Adafruit 6 second video contest:

Mark Heckler provides a short intro video and compares the TinyDuino to the DigiSpark:

Martyn Jones unitentionally creates the VacuumDuino when his TinyDuino get's eaten by his Roomba, and lives to tell the tale - VacuumDuino Facebook Link

Martin Lab testing out the TinyDuino LEDs: Vine Link

Peter Hardy driving some Ikea LED strips (link on Twitter):

Thomas Amberg makes a brightness gauge:

Thanks again for your support!

Ken


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