USB IR Toy
The USB IR Toy is back from manufacturing and is being prepared to ship now. Parts were ready before the Chinese Spring holiday, but then things stalled, Seeed moved, and they’re about two weeks behind. The good news is that our packages from Seeed are now arriving in less than a week again. There should be a continuous stock of IR Toys available after the preorders ship.
Open Logic Sniffer
You’ve been so patient with our constant delays, availability problems, hardware defects, and all the other foibles of small-run open source hardware manufacturing. We’re trying several ways to improve the process from our end.
We’re learning to design for the situation. We’re checking and doubling checking part availability before a chip goes in a project. Our priority used to be ‘sampled or recycled’ (see the awful RS232 transceiver on the first Bus Pirate), but now it’s ’10K+ available’.
Some part and PCB orders are now placed before a project is published. This helps reduce lead time and lets us spot show-stopper problems before we go public. The flip side of this is possible shortages for some projects because we’re nervous about committing to a lot of stock.
Each preorder has a status update thread in the forum. We’ll post every update we get, so you can see exactly where the preorder is at. If you’re registered at the forum click ‘notify’ to receive the latest updates by email.
After a few months we’ll study the status updates and design a report page to give statistics on each preorder.