Node-RED support was something we promised to provide as part of the Kickstarter campaign and, over the past couple of weeks, Phil has been getting to grips with it.
Phil... Read more
Cookbook, learning site, and retail launch!!
Well, we're there!
Today, we've launched the Flotilla Cookbook, learning site, and put Flotilla on general sale. We hope that you'll enjoy what we've come up with.
We've put... Read more
We're almost there folks!
Apologies for the lack of update last week. We've been working really hard getting things ready to push live over the past couple of weeks. Little... Read more
We've filmed a video update this week, to show you the following:
- New Rockpool
- Learning site: getting started guides, recipe tutorials
- Cookbook recipes: balance, bat and ball, digipet, rocket landing,... Read more
Losing our marbles! (not really)
Shipshape, Cookbook and learning materials
We've been busy honing the Shipshape version of the Flotilla software - the firmware for the dock, the daemon and Rockpool - to squash some bugs.
For the... Read more
A single tier rolls down our cheek
Despite plague, freezing weather, rain, and most terrifying of all, school half-term (a surprising number of the staff making Flotilla kits have children they look after) we managed to assemble... Read more
Another 130 units shipped this week!
Slightly short this week as we had a couple of people off sick so apologies for that. We're in the workshop today working on more and expect a large batch... Read more
Since the last shipping update 2 weeks ago we've shipped 300 more units (Jon has been posting small updates in the comments), which is more like 150 a week rather... Read more
Building your Robot - In Video
So video updates have been thin on the ground since shipping started in earnest. To keep you going, here's how to build your bot.
As we bring Cookbook and the... Read more
Mega Treasure Chest shipping update #2!
Very brief update!
This week we have shipped out 200 of the Mega Treasure Chests.
Obviously we're still kitting them for the remainder and will be shipping out a load... Read more
Mega Treasure Chest shipping update!
The whole crew are back after the Christmas break and have dived into getting your lovely Mega Treasure Chests kitted and ready to go out of the door.
We expect... Read more
First. Big apology:
We didn't keep you updated in the run up to Christmas *and* we missed Christmas for the majority of you, after being quite cocky about being complete... Read more
Large Starter Kit surveys about to be sent out.
Large Starter Kit backers will receive your surveys later today and we'll be going straight into shipping them first thing next week.
Apologies for the delay - we've had an... Read more
First backer surveys about to be sent out
Hey all! This is a quick update just to explain the process ahead of time so that there aren't heaps of questions.
We're about to send out our first backer... Read more
A day in the production of a Flotilla module
Hey all! Production is in full swing with thousands of lovely colourful Flotilla modules passing through the various stages to completion.
We thought it would be fun to track the... Read more
The update you've all been waiting for!
We discuss shipping dates and some thoughts about package upgrades and surveys!
The skinny is we'll start shipping in two weeks time, Nov 30th, and be complete by Dec... Read more
So what does a box of 400 Flotilla rainbow modules look like? Turns out it's pretty nondescript, I walked right past it while I was trying to find something interesting... Read more
The Final Four: Matrix, Dial, Motion and Light
The final four modules of the original 12 are demoed in all their glory! Also pieces of news on when bits are expected and progress in software development and quality... Read more
Chug chug chug chug WOO-ooo-WOO
Here's the current scoreboard! Lots of modules have been through their 150 run of production testing and passed very well indeed!
A line is "in progress", a cross is "complete".... Read more
Four More Modules! Joystick Slider Number & Colour
Another video tour of 4 more modules, showing their gubbins in a bit more detail, for the interested and technical among you.
Biggest news that Dock is now approved... Read more
Quick update this week on progress:
We've received a pallet of envelopes for all the modules in such pretty colours! Now all we need are the box and platform that... Read more
A module tour: Touch, Motor, Rainbow, Barometer!
Ahoy there backers! It's a video update this week. We'll be taking a tour of four of the Flotilla modules and discussing their potential uses.
This is the first... Read more
Full Speed Ahead
We took a couple of Flotilla docks and some modules with us to Leicester Creator Faire last weekend and are pleased to report they took two days worth of solid... Read more
Meet your future robot friend
It's a video update this week! An introduction to the robot project that comes with some rewards and a sneak peek at Rockpool.
The exciting news is that we've... Read more
A new way to display today!
The big news this week is that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has finally released their official screen. This is really exciting as it provides a standard (and compact!)... Read more
Super double video update
So, since we missed last week while launching our redesigned shop and making the set for our live Internet Telly Studio, we thought you might appreciate being the first to... Read more
A SERIES OF SMALL DOCKS
It’s been a proper busy week again with Phil back on the boat with his big ‘doing stuff’ brain.
We tested the final, final (FINAL) Dock with Rockpool and... Read more
LEGO + Motors + <3
This week is mainly about LEGO and Motors.
We got some very nice and well fitting prototypes from Andy which attach to the motors and a LEGO + shaft very... Read more
We're overdue for another shot at an ETA, and now we have most boards well on the path to completion and a good idea that packaging is on track, it's... Read more
The Wheels on the I2C bus
We sorted the wheels for the Motor with something that has a nice grippy tyres and is a tasteful colour.
This is a result of a long search for wheels... Read more
Dock Dock Go!
The new dock lives!
Needs a couple more tweaks after testing, but is basically FAB!
The plan is to have it in a nice Navy Blue, White and Cyan combo... Read more
Swabbing the decks
This week is mainly a little housekeeping.
If you've been keeping an eye on twitter, you may have seen us doing a little dry-run of a Flotilla demo... Read more
Bit of a tardy update this one. We blame the excellent Peddler's Street Food Market, which happened on Friday. *burp*
The Dock has been the hardest bit of hardware to... Read more
Andy ran some initial samples a few days back with a suitable test material in the moulder. A thermoplastic polyolefin to be precise. It was a very soft... Read more
Scope On A Rope!
Arrr! Welcome back to the Good Ship Pimoroni for another weekly Flotilla update. We’ll keep this week’s update short and sweet. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the PCB panel production samples... Read more
A Brief History Of Flotilla
A Mini Update
PCBs for three of the four modules we're making minor adjustments to have arrived, so Gee is busy cutting stencils and getting ready to populate them for... Read more
Improving Flotilla Rockpool
So right now we’re expecting to be 6-10 weeks from delivery, depending on your tier. Last minute ‘oh noes’ are the main thing that can change that, but... Read more
Which one should I PIC!?
It wasn't so long ago that I explained why the Joystick, Slider and Dial modules need tiny little micro-controllers to translate the analog signals into the digital language that Flotilla... Read more
Ahoy there backers!
This post is going to be a bit of a dump of the challenges we've been attacking over the past month with an update on production and... Read more
Up...up and a away!
So, we've been working with Ragworm and have almost resolved our colour crisis. This means Flotilla has taken a turn away from the pastel, to bolder colours. They... Read more
Amazing boring stuff that's turning our brains to tapioca
We're well overdue for an update! I'm afraid it's mainly non-shiny details, as that's what's ruling our lives, but if you're into 'how the sausage is made' you... Read more
Form and Colour
After the end of the campaign, we expect a few light days of housekeeping and reflection, but it's been all go instead :D
Don't miss the boat!
About 23 backers... Read more
We knew it was a stretch. We weren't entirely sure it would happen, but we were prepared to delivery on our promise anyway if we got close, because the surge... Read more
10 o'clock and all's well!
Just a few more hours before Flotilla sets sail. We're turning in for an early night, and rising with the dawn. We're temptingly close to our final stretch goal, which... Read more
The Final Stretch. Play Well.
Well done crew! We now have over 1,250 wonderful backers.
Papercraft Heart Unlocked! Lydia has been a lightning-fast ninja, so not only will you get the heart papercraft... Read more
Techno-Blarg #2: Gadgetoid speaks out!
Thanks for the continued support you guys! There are now enough of us to crew the NCC-1701-D. Since Paul is bald and has a robust beard, he's claimed the Picard... Read more
Captain’s Log. One week left in our continuing mission.
New stretch goal, at last! When we reach 1250 backers, we will add data-logging to Flotilla!
We will do this through support for Sparkfun’s excellent phant (https://github.com/sparkfun/phant) software.... Read more
One Zero Zero Zero, One Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero.
We're big fans of adding a bit of mild geekiness into everything we do.
Today, Flotilla passed a couple of milestones that looked like binary numbers to us.
There are... Read more
Flotilla supports the Raspberry Pi 2!
You may have already seen that The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the Raspberry Pi 2 today. It's a vastly more capable computer and it's the same price!
If you've added... Read more
New Stretch! Internet of YOUR things
Rockpool for grown-ups!
Yey! Stretch goal smashed! You get a sophisticated look for Rockpool, so you can look all smart and professional making your creations, and lose some of that... Read more
The first draft is here. Not quite finished, but looking quite fetching all the same.
Although we say Flotilla is Hardware and Software working together, we kinda missed out talking... Read more
200%! 780+ Backers! £70,000! Polar bears!
Who's awesome? You're awesome! :D
That means that all kits of £24 or above will now get a fetching papercraft Polar Bear. You'll use... Read more
We passed 600 backers and £50k in backing last night! WOOOOOOOO! Onwards and upwards. We've started bugging news sites now so more people hear about Flotilla and can join the... Read more
Funded in 24 hours*!
*±0.5hours margin for error.
We get to make Flotilla!
And that's entirely thanks to an absolutely great community. Between Raspberry Pi people, Kickstarter and the fine Pimoroni Pirates we've gone... Read more