Work Complete! Pro Hats Shipped - 7 weeks ahead.
We had a split-shipment of the remaining RasPiO Pro Hats last week. We received 145 on Tuesday 31st May and the remaining 841 on Wednesday 1st June.
I've now tested all 986 of these boards and happily only 4 failed (0.4%). I'm happy that the manufacturing process has been optimised now and I have confidence in it.
We shipped part 2 of the Beta rewards last week (1st June), and shipped 325 single RasPiO Pro Hat rewards (£12 level) on Monday 6th June.
Here's a photo of the £12 singles going out alongside the RasPiO Analog Zero super-early-bird rewards.
So Onto the Twins and Multi-packs
For the rest of Monday (6th June), the 180 twin-packs were labelled and packed. On Tuesday morning (7th June), the 5-packs and 10-packs were prepared.
I'm just back from taking the final three mail sacks, which means...
We're Done Shipping RasPiO Pro Hat!
That's 7 weeks before the end of July projection.
Hardware is Hard
With all the steps involved, Chinese New Year and us going away at Easter, it couldn't have been done much faster. But we did suffer a 2-week delay when I rejected the first full manufacturing batch of 500 bare PCBs. They weren't good enough (silk-screen alignment was way off) and I had to specify a higher grade (IPC-III) in order to get them as I wanted.
Hardware is hard and things go wrong. This was the first time I've directly handled having a board manufactured and assembled. It's a much more complex process than producing a kit. I'll be honest and say that, at times, I found it really quite stressful. But I'm glad I did it and I'm grateful to you guys for helping to make it happen. I think my supplier and I have figured out how to work with each other now. But the main take-away lesson is "always specify everything and take nothing for granted".
RasPiO Pro Hat Instructions
You can find the GPIO Zero programming guide for use with the RasPiO Pro Hat here...
Pro Hat G+ Community
Don't forget there is a G+ community for the RasPiO Pro Hat. You an find that here...
If you need to ask questions or want to share what you're doing with the Pro Hat, it's the ideal place.
I will publish further updates if there is Pro Hat news or developments or if I have new projects to share with you.
All the best, and thanks for backing