Pick, pack, and ship from your garage? Or draft the middlemen and offload the burden?
Burning questions for you, me, and quite a few others out there with a hardware project aspiring to be a real product. But how do you determine the best business strategy? Hardware maker David Jones provides a nicely detailed breakdown of the reasoning behind his own model for selling a custom product. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in selling their own hardware masterpiece. Naturally, there’s no definitive answer. But Mr. Jones delivers some compelling scenarios for guiding you down the path of DIYing the whole shebang and making more dough vs. reducing headaches by letting someone else handle logistics.
via The Economics Of Selling Your Hardware Project | EEVblog – The Electronics Engineering Video Blog.
As wonderful a platform as the Beaglebone Black is, the board is a piker compared to the add-ons available for the Arduino. The Bone’s universe of capes is limited and pretty pricey.
A current device from an engineering team in Germany, though, caught our eye and opened our wallet on Indiegogo: a low-cost daughterboard that makes it possible to use nearly any Arduino shield on the Beaglebone Black. They promise shipping by May, so it should arrive in time to write about it in my upcoming book, A Beaglebone Black Cookbook: Seventy-Five Recipes for Making Things with a Microcomputer (Packt Publishing, pub. date Fall 2014).
Arduino Shield to BeagleBone Black Cape | Indiegogo.
uArm is an Arduino-powered desktop 4-axis parallel-mechanism robot arm, modeled after the ABB industrial PalletPack robot.
from futurescope: uArm: Put a Miniature Industrial… |.
Udoo mini computer combines best of Arduino and Raspberry Pi
If you’re frustrated with all the shields (like WiFi) you have to stack onto Arduino or struggling with Raspberry Pi’s lack of horsepower, Udoo’s the answer. Combining the best of both platforms, it’s currently “80 percent complete,” according to the developers’ Kickstarter video.
Let’s hope it’s not hardware hype…or voodoo.