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… |.
Roll (or mill) your own PCBs, brass fittings, molds, you name it. A fabulous Kickstarter project out of SF’s Otherfab folks brings us a portable, computer controlled, 3-axis mill that is specifically designed for use at home or in a small workspace. The design team of this beauty — called the Othermill — has built a compact mini mill that is small and quiet enough for home use, yet precise enough for high level electrical and mechanical prototyping work.
Product pricing still TBD, thus the Kickstarter strategy: buy parts at volume and keep Othermill affordable. Time to chip in!
(via The Othermill: Custom Circuits at Your Fingertips by Otherfab — Kickstarter)
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.