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ProtoPalette is is a unique teaching and learning tool that helps you build amazing things with Arduino. Maker's Faire Editors Choice!
ProtoPalette is is a unique teaching and learning tool that helps you build amazing things with Arduino. Maker's Faire Editors Choice!
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ProtoPalette™ for Arduino Makes Building With Arduino Easier And More Fun Than Ever Before - Come See Us At #Maker Faire! 

ProtoPalette™ Plus with optional modules
ProtoPalette™ Plus with optional modules

ProtoPalette™ helps you build amazing things.

Moldable to your unique learning style, ProtoPalette™ inspires you. The system actually helps you think through and test your ideas, from the most basic, to the wackiest stuff ever, ProtoPalette™ is the system that gets you there.

We're Proud To Be At World Maker Fair - Zone 3
We're Proud To Be At World Maker Fair - Zone 3

OUR STORY:

Once upon a time in New Orleans, Karl Alexius wanted to build a mood-o-meter for his niece. Karl gathered up an Arduino board and a some components, and began to explore. While his mood-o-meter vision was clear at the outset, Karl quickly found it hard to organize all the bits and pieces, and even harder to assemble components securely for testing. Keeping things fastened together was nearly impossible, and so became the primary focus of the project. Just finding the right components was a challenge, because everything came in little silver bags which were also hard to organize. What started out as a simple and fun project to make his niece smile became an unfulfilling challenge to both Karl’s mental and manual dexterity.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Karl’s friend Will Pemble (aka; #CoasterDad) was hard at work on his own Arduino based project. Will needed a simple magnetic sensor/actuator to engage the lift motor for one of his world-famous backyard roller coasters. Being no stranger to technology and computing himself, Will bought his own pile of Arduino components, a few soldering jigs, third hands, alligator clips, lights, project boxes, and other bits and pieces so he could get started - and finished - with his lift hill switch. Like Karl, Will instantly found that the real challenge in creating things with Arduino components was in keeping it all organized, simple, and clear. The creative vision got lost in the mix.

THE PROBLEM:
It takes so much mental energy to organize a simple electronics project that most people quit before they build what they envisioned. Because it is difficult - especially for inventor types - to stay focused on their creative vision and get things done, most Arduino* projects die in a pile of unused, misunderstood components.

  • Hard To Organize 
  • Misplacing Parts For Completing Your Project 
  • Securing Pieces Is Cumbersome 
  • Parts Aren't Labeled 

ProtoPalette™ Solves The Problem! 

Will and Karl, all too happy to take a break from their frustrations in the world of runaway Arduino* component organizing, put their heads together to clearly define the problem, and come up with a wonderfully simple solution.

ProtoPalette Makes Building With Arduino* Easier And More Fun

  •  A completely portable, fully customizable platform lets you make gadgets with Arduino* quickly and easily.
  • ProtoPalette is moldable to your unique style. 
  • It inspires you. ProtoPalette actually helps you think through and test your ideas, from the most basic, to the wackiest stuff ever.
  • Wherever you want to go with your electronics inventions, ProtoPalette is the system that gets you there.

A completely portable, fully customizable platform lets you make gadgets with Arduino* quickly and easily. 

ProtoPalette™ models
ProtoPalette™ models

ProtoPalette™ Features Include

  • Upper Deck PCB 
  • Lower Deck PCB
  • Stepper Motor
  • Toggle Switches (2)
  • Thumb Slide Joystick (2)
  • Momentary Buttons (3)
  • Slide Potentiometers 
  • GTE Knob (2)
  • Colored LEDs (8 red, 8 green, 8 blue, 12 RGB)
  • Tilt Switch Sensor Module
  • Body Motion Sensor Module
  • PIR Motion Sensor Module
  • UltrasonicDistance Measuring Transducer Sensor
  • Buzzer
  • RF Antenna mount
  • Metal Gear Servo
  • Breadboard
  • Assorted PIN and FEMALE Headers
  • ... and lots of other features all beautifully arranged and ready to use

The ProtoPalette™ Plus includes an Arduino development board.

Rewards Videos 

Check out how we make your $35 Reward: A Laser Engraved ProtoPalette™ Cable Organizer!

Fun Videos

Here are a few clips of fun and games Karl, Will and Will's Kids have done with ProtoPalette! 

Learning Arduino Videos  

ProtoPalette™ has begun producing a series of video lessons designed to teach Arduino and ProtoPalette™ development to beginners.  We plan to publish a new video every week. 

Risks and challenges

Making Stuff Is Hard.

Making Stuff That Makes Making Stuff Easy Is Even Harder.

ProtoPalette™ is designed to make it easier to make stuff. A lot easier. So, the main risk is that it may take us longer to get it done than we think it will. We have our sights realistically set on late November 2014 to ship the first ProtoPalettes to US backers and maybe even a few customers. That being said, we've been in the technology and electronics business long enough to know that ship dates can sometimes slip. We're managing this risk by communicating clearly with our vendors and suppliers, and by building as much of ProtoPalette in house as possible. If our ship dates look like they're going to slip, we will let you know sooner rather than later.

We are doing our own PCB design work in house, as well as doing our own prototyping, laser cutting, assembly and testing. As risks go, we believe these risks to be manageable and minimal.

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    You can own one of the first ProtoPalette™ Plus systems ever made! Donate $350 or more and our thank you gift will be a ProtoPalette™ Plus laser embossed with your name on the bottom! You'll also get an Arduino development board. We expect to ship by October.

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